- C, 1B
- March 27, 1987
- 6' 1"
- 205 lbs
- Major League Debut:
- 9-11-2009 with SFN
- Allstar Selections:
- 2010 ROOK
, who broke into the majors in 2009, had a good year with the bat for the 2010 Giants, being named the National League Rookie of the Year.
Buster is the first major leaguer born in Leesburg, GA, although a number of major leaguers were born in nearby Albany, GA, including Ray Knight.
Posey was the 5th pick of the 2008 amateur draft. He made his major league debut with the San Francisco Giants on September 11, 2009. Sent back to the minors in 2010, he hit well for the Fresno Grizzlies, and on being recalled to the Giants, got six hits in his first nine at-bats at the end of May.
Posey was on the US junior national team in 2004. In the 2004 World Junior Championship, he was 1 for 5 as the backup third baseman to Brandon Snyder. He was the only US hurler to start two games, going 0-1 with a 1.23 ERA, 7 strikeouts and 7 walks in 7 innings. He had a run and a RBI in the Bronze Medal game against South Korea.
Posey was 10-1 with a 1.53 ERA as a high school junior and hit .544, setting school records in hits (56) and RBI (46). He batted .462 as a senior with 14 homers, 48 runs and 40 RBI in 104 AB while going 12-0 with a 1.06 ERA and fanning 108. He set school records for career RBI (106), home runs (24) and runs (105). He also graduated 4th in a class of 302 with a 3.938 GPA. He was named the Gatorade Player of the Year for Georgia and Baseball America named him as a second-team high school All-American utility man alongside Jordan Schafer and behind Zach Putnam and Colby Rasmus. Prospects Plus ranked him the #18 prospect in the country. Due to a strong college commitment, he was not picked until the 50th round of the 2005 amateur draft, when the California Angels selected him.
Posey batted .346/.433/.467 as a freshman at FSU and fielded .933 while playing shortstop. He moved to catcher for his sophomore season and hit .382/.453/.520 with 21 doubles, second in the Atlantic Coast Conference to teammate Tony Thomas Jr. Posey was 4th in the ACC in average and scored 66 runs while driving in 65. The only negative was a lack of pop as he only homered three times. Posey threw out 40.9% of attempted base-stealers. He joined Matt Wieters on the All-ACC team, splitting honors as the top catcher. Posey was named second-team All-American by Baseball America (behind Wieters) and first-team by Collegiate Baseball. Ed Easley won the Johnny Bench Award and was named first-team American Baseball Coaches Association All-American ahead of Wieters and Posey. He hit .281/.361/.375 for the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox in the Cape Cod League that summer. Baseball America rated him as the #23 prospect in the Cod League.
On May 13, 2008, Posey played all nine positions in a game. He was 1 for 3 with 2 walks and 4 RBI as well. He started the contest at catcher then manned the infield spot from the second through fifth innings. After that, he appeared in the three outfield slots and on the mound. He struck out two batters he faced.
Posey dazzled in the 2008 college season, hitting .468 through June 3 with 24 home runs, a .572 OBP and 86 RBI, numbers that are rare in NCAA Division II let alone an elite Division I conference. He won the Collegiate Baseball Player of the Year award, Golden Spikes Award, Johnny Bench Award and Dick Howser Trophy. He was under consideration by both the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates, who held the first two picks in the 2008 amateur draft, making Tampa Bay's final two list and Pittsburgh's final three list. Both teams passed and he went 5th in the draft.
Posey debuted as a pro with the AZL Giants on August 22, going 1 for 5 with a run against the AZL Rangers. A little over a year later, on September 11, 2009, he made his major league debut for the Giants against the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Buster started the 2010 season in the minors, then was called up to San Francisco in late May, playing his first game on May 29. He quickly established himself as the team's starting catcher, allowing the Giants to get rid of Benji Molina. In 108 games, he hit .305/.357/.505, with 23 doubles, 18 homers and 67 RBI. That performance earned him the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year Award and a spot on the 2010 Topps All-Star Rookie Team. The Giants made it to the postseason, and Posey hit .375 in the NLDS, where the Giants defeated the Atlanta Braves. He had four hits in game four of the 2010 NLCS against the Philadelphia Phillies. Only one rookie backstop had previously had a four-hit postseason game - Joe Garagiola in the 1946 World Series. In the World Series, he guided the Giants' pitching staff expertly and went 6 for 20 with a homer as the team won its first World Championship since moving to San Francisco, CA in 1958.
On May 25, 2011, Posey suffered a season-ending injury in a collision at home plate with Scott Cousins of the Florida Marlins, breaking a leg and dislocating an ankle. Ironically, the injury came a few days after the Giants brass had expressed concerns about Posey's health if he continued to play catcher, following a few incidents when he was hurt by foul tips behind the plate. Posey was hitting .284/.368/.389 in 45 games at the time of the injury.
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