June 19, 2008
Charlottesville, Va. – The American Baseball Coaches Association announced on Wednesday, June 17 the 2008 ABCA/Rawlings NCAA Atlantic Region awards as well as the 2008 All-America team and Rawlings Gold Glove Awards. Heading up the list of honorees was Florida State junior catcher Buster Posey.
In just the second year of presenting the award, Posey became the first Seminole student-athlete to claim the Rawlings Gold Glove Award at catcher. The Leesburg, Ga., native once again had a stellar season on the defensive end posting a .983 fielding percentage with 62 starts behind the plate. He closed out the 2008 campaign throwing out 40.7 percent of would be base stealers while registering six pick offs. Posey committed just eight errors on the year closing out the season with a 12-game errorless streak. He had just four errors over his last 62 games.
Posey joined Duke’s Alex Hassan (outfield) as Gold Glove Award winners from the Atlantic Coast Conference in 2008.
The ABCA also selected Posey as a first team All-American. A total of seven student-athletes from the ACC were named to the first, second or third teams. Among the 26 student-athletes that were named to the ABCA All-Atlantic Region team, Florida State was represented with two players on this year’s first team including Posey (catcher) and Jack Rye (outfield).
Posey, Florida State’s slugging catcher and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as well as 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN the Magazine Academic Baseball Player of the Year, captured the 22nd annual Whitney Bank Dick Howser Trophy back on June 14.
The CoSIDA/ESPN Academic All-America was the fifth player selected overall in the 2008 Major League Baseball draft by the San Francisco Giants. He finished the season hitting .463 setting the single-season record for the highest batting average recorded at Florida State. He also has top 10 individual credentials in seven of the NCAA’s Division I statistical categories. In 68 games, he currently tops the NCAA with 93 RBI, 119 hits, 89 runs, a .566 on-base percentage, 226 total bases and a .879 slugging percentage.
After missing the first five games with a broken right thumb, Rye made a strong comeback starting 61 games in right field for the Seminoles. The Irvine, Calif., native wrapped up his final year in Tallahassee with a .371 average collecting 15 doubles and seven home runs. Rye leaves Florida State ranking among the all-time leaders in career hits (312) and walks (162). He finished each season with more base-on-balls then strikeouts and was named to the All-ACC first team as a junior and a senior.