Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Who is Gerald Posey?

You may know his as “Buster” Posey, the former FSU Seminole star who has made a name for himself during his rookie season with World Series-bound San Francisco Giants.

The Leesburg, Georgia native arrives in the Fall Classic by way of Florida State. A three-year starter for the Noles, in 2008, as a junior, he hit .463 with 26 home runs and 93 RBIs, won the Johnny Bench Award and was named the 2008 Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year. In that same year he also won the Dick Howser Trophy, and the Golden Spikes Award, which is given to the best player in amateur baseball.

Posey was drafted by the San Francisco Giants with the fifth overall pick of the 2008 draft and promptly signed a $6.2 million bonus – the largest up-front bonus in MLB draft history at the time. He was invited to the Giants Spring Training in 2009. Following 2009 Spring Training, Posey was assigned to the San Francisco Giants Class A Affiliate San Jose Giants.

In July of 2009, Posey was promoted to the Giants' Triple A team, the Fresno Grizzlies, and in May he was called up to the Bigs.

Once there, Posey lived up to the hype being named the NL Player of the Month less than two months later. The 23-year-old catcher ended the regular season with a .305 batting average and is the leading candidate for NL Rookie of the Year.

In Game 4 of the NLCS vs. Philadelphia, Posey turned in his most complete performance— one that went down in the history books. He went 4-for-5 with two doubles and two RBI, becoming the first Giants rookie to ever have four hits in a playoff game, not to mention he became just the fourth catcher in MLB history to record four hits and two RBI in the postseason — as well as the 13th player in major-league history to have four hits in a playoff game for players 23-and-younger.

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