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Buster Posey's Tour Continues As He Heads Back to the Desert

Danny PenzaSenior Writer IOctober 15, 2008

It's hard to think that one of the best catching prospects in the game would play only once every couple days. However, this is what happened to San Francisco Giants uber prospect Buster Posey.

Posey, who was the No. 5 pick in the 2008 first-year player draft, was playing winter ball with the Waikiki BeachBoys and enjoying his time. The only problem was, he was sharing time with two other catchers.

Because of this, the Giants have brought Posey back to Arizona, where his career with the organization began in August, to take part in the teams' instructional league. The traveling is nothing new him, as he has been all over the West Coast since being drafted back in June, going from Arizona to the Bay Area, to Hawaii, and now back to the desert.

"He was playing every third day there [in Hawaii]," Giants director of player personnel Bobby Evans told During his time in Hawaii, Posey hit .429 (6-for-14).

So now, according to Evans, Posey will be able to get at-bats everyday, something that every young player needs, no matter how high their stock is.

However, Posey won't be the only highly-touted Giants prospect in the instructional league, as the teams' No. 1 prospect from a year ago, Angel Villalona, is also in attendance. At Low Class-A Augusta, Big V hit .263, with 17 home runs, 64 RBI, and 29 doubles.

"He's very enthusiastic about being here and taking full advantage of it," Evans said of Villalona.

Another young Dominican outfielder, Rafael Rodriguez, who signed with the Giants this summer for a $2.55 million bonus, is also taking part in the instructional league. Rodriguez, who is just 16, is expected to be the same slow and steady path as Villalona and is likely to start the 2009 season at extended Spring Training.

"He looks great. He's taking a lot in," Evans said.

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