Buster Posey: Highlights of the San Francisco Giants Catcher's Young Career
Buster Posey has announced himself to Major League Baseball. The San Francisco Giants rookie catcher broke out for the Giants in game 5 going four for five with two RBI's, in the Giants 6-5 victory over the Philadelphia Phillies. The Giants now lead the best of seven series three games to one.
It was Posey's at-bat in the bottom of the ninth that was the biggest, as Posey singled to right off of Roy Oswalt, sending Aubrey Huff to third, to set up Juan Uribe's sacrifice fly.
The entire country now knows of Buster Posey, here are some highlights of this young stars career.
Getting Drafted Fifth Overall By The San Francisco Giants
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Regarded as the best catcher in the draft, Buster Posey was drafted by the Giants fifth overall in the 2008 MLB entry draft. He was given a $6.2 million bonus by the Giants.
Posey came out of Florida State University where he had a remarkable career. Posey started out as a shortstop before moving to catcher his sophomore year. In his first year as a catcher, Posey hit .382 with three home-runs and 65 RBI's. Despite his inexperience behind the plate, Posey was a candidate for the Johnny Bench award, given to the best catcher in college baseball.
Posey was not done yet. The following year he hit .463 with 26 home-runs and 93 RBI's. Posey would not only collect the Johnny Bench award, but would also receive the Dick Howser Trophy, and he was given the Golden Spikes award, which is given to the best player in amateur baseball.
Three years would prove to be enough for Posey at Florida State as he was drafted by the Giants later that year, and chose to sign and begin his minor league career.
September 11 2009: Buster Posey Makes His MLB Debut
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Despite only being drafted in 2008, Buster Posey was invited to big league camp for Spring Training in 2009. After Spring Training, Posey was assigned to the Giants Class A affiliate the San Jose Giants.
It became immediately evident that Posey was out of his element playing in Single-A. On June 13th, Posey was promoted to the Giants triple-A affiliate the Fresno Grizzlies.
Posey would have success finishing out the season with Fresno, and when Giants starting catcher Bengie Molina got hurt, Posey earned himself a September call-up to the Giants. He was called up September 2nd.
Despite starting the season in class-A, when September came around Buster Posey found himself in the big leagues. His debut was less then memorable, as he struck out as a pinch hitter. Posey would stick around for the rest of the season though, and picked up his first hit on September 19th against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
June 30 2010: Buster Posey Is Here to Stay As The Giants Starting Catcher
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Despite finishing the season with the Giants in 2009 Posey was sent back to Fresno to start the 2010 season. Posey would take this time to show the Giants that he would much rather be in the big leagues then in Fresno.
Posey batted .349 in 47 games for Fresno and was called up by the Giants on May 29th. The Giants wanted Posey's bat in the lineup and that night he started at First Base against the Arizona Diamondbacks. Posey would have a rocking debut this time, as he went three for four with three RBI's.
Posey would appear mostly as a first baseman, but his play let Giants management know that they had something special. After just a month in the big leagues the Giants traded catcher Bengie Molina to the Texas Rangers.
On June 30 2010, Buster Posey became the full-time starting Cather for the San Francisco Giants.
Posey Brings in The Awards His Rookie Season
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Buster Posey was not just content with starting for the Giants. He wanted to show the league exactly how good he was.
During his first month as a starter Posey had a 10 day stretch in July where he hit .514 with six home-runs and 13 RBI's. All ten games were played on the road. This streak would set a record for any rookie during a 10 day stretch. Posey would win NL player of the week honors after this streak.
Aside from the 10 day run, Posey also put together a 21 game hitting streak during the month of July, one game short of the Giants rookie record. Posey hit .440 with six home-runs and 23 RBI's during the month of July, his first full month as a starter. During this time, he also established himself as the GIants regular cleanup hitter.
Posey was given the National League Player of the Month award as well as the NL Rookie of the Month award for July. Capturing both awards after such a short time in the majors.
Posey finished his rookie season hitting .305 with 18 home-runs and 67 RBI's. He was named as the catcher on Baseball All-America's rookie team for 2010.
October 20 2010: Buster Posey Leaves His Mark on The Playoffs
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Buster Posey was not looking impressive during the first four games of the 2010 NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. Posey had compiled just one hit in his 11 at bats before game four.
If Posey was nervous at all for game five, he didn't show it as Posey was ready to show the world he was a big time player. What is quickly forgotten after his great day at the plate was the great play Posey made in the field. In the top of the fifth the Phillies were scoring runs and eliminating the Giants 2-0 lead. On a base hit up the middle the Phillies tried to score two runs, sending Carlos Ruiz home from second. Center Fielder Aaron Rowand threw home and Posey did a remarkable job of blocking the plate, scooping the throw, and making the tag to prevent the Phillies from scoring. In an inning where the Phillies scored four runs, Posey prevented it from being a much bigger inning.
What everyone will remember about this game though, was the remarkableness of Posey's bat. Posey would collect four hits in his five at bats for the Giants, adding two RBI's. The four hits was the most ever in a playoff game by a Giants rookie.
The biggest at bat came with the score tied at five in the bottom of the ninth. The Phillies had summoned starter Roy Oswalt to pitch out of relief. Posey came up with one out and Aubrey Huff on first base. Posey would stay alive in the at bat fouling off pitch after pitch, before ripping a line drive into right field.
If it weren't for a great play from Phillies right fielder Jayson Werth, Posey's shot would have ended the game. Instead Werth kept it in front of him holding Huff at third. The hit set up Juan Uribe's sacrifice fly, and though Uribe won the game for the Giants, there was no doubt who had the most important hit of the inning.
Buster Posey is now a favorite name around San Francisco, and Phillies haters across America.