Thursday, June 19, 2008


OMAHA, Neb. -- Florida State catcher Buster Posey was voted the winner of the Dick Howser Trophy as college baseball's player of the year.

The Atlantic Coast Conference player of the year came into the College World Series batting a nation-leading .460. He also leads the nation in home runs (26), RBIs (92), hits (114), runs (88), on-base percentage (.564) and total bases (220).

The 6-foot-2, 200-pound junior from Leesburg, Ga., is trying to join Indiana's Mike Smith (1992) as the only Division I players since 1965 to lead the country in batting average, homers and RBIs. Posey is also one of the top defensive catchers in the country, with just eight errors in 474 chances (.983).

The San Francisco Giants made Posey the fifth overall pick of last week's draft.

Posey played all nine positions against Savannah State on May 12 and has started at catcher, designated hitter and even at second base. He has also made eight appearances as a reliever, earning six saves. He's worked a total of 7 1/3 innings, giving up no runs and three hits.
Posey arrived at Florida State as a shortstop, starting there as a freshman, but moved to catcher last season.

A finance major, Posey is a straight-A student who was named CoSIDA Academic All-American of the Year.

(AP Photo/Phil Coale)

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