The Giants are headed to the postseason for the fourth time in seven years after winning a National League Wild Card. As this will be the first time that many fans across the Majors will be focusing on their roster, here's our attempt to learn the origins of slugger Buster
The Giants are headed to the postseason for the fourth time in seven years after winning a National League Wild Card. As this will be the first time that many fans across the Majors will be focusing on their roster, here's our attempt to learn the origins of slugger Buster Posey.
Buster Posey, C
Born: Leesburg, Ga.
HS: Lee County (Ga.) High School
College: Florida State University
Minors: Waikiki, Giants (Rookie), Salem-Keizer (Class A), San Jose (Class A Advanced), Fresno (Triple-A)
:: Before they were Postseason-bound: Select a player ::
Path to San Francisco: Posey was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick in the 2008 Draft.
Trophy case: Three-time World Series champion, four-time All-Star, National League MVP (2012), NL Rookie of the Year (2010), three-time Silver Slugger Award winner (2012, 2014-15), NL Comeback Player of the Year (2012).
Famous feat(s): Posey was the first player in Major League history to win the Rookie of the Year Award, MVP and three World Series titles before his 28th birthday.
You might not know: Posey's 48 postseason games are the most in Giants franchise history.
Six degrees of Willie Aikens: At Florida State, Posey played for Mike Martin, who's coached many successful big leaguers, including Deion Sanders, J.D. and Stephen Drew and Doug Mientkiewicz.
NCAA leader: In 2008, Posey ranked first in the NCAA in batting average (.467), on-base percentage (.567) and slugging (.864).
Versatility: Posey once played all nine positions during a game vs. Savannah State, using four different gloves. He also hit a grand slam in the second inning.
Runs in the family: Samantha Posey, Buster's sister, played softball in college at Valdosta State and once hit a home run cycle in a doubleheader. She totaled 11 RBIs with a solo homer, a two-run homer, a three-run homer and a grand slam across the two games.
Chad Thornburg is a reporter for MLB.com.