Dec. 14, 2007
Tallahassee, Fla. – Buster Posey was named a third team preseason All-American for the 2008 season as announced by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) on Wednesday, December 12. This is the eighth season the NCBWA has released a preseason All-American team as 19 conferences and 39 schools were represented on the first, second and third teams combined.
Posey, a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award a season ago, is coming off a spectacular sophomore campaign which featured first-team All-America and All-ACC accolades in his first year as a catcher. The Leesburg, Ga., native started all 62 games from behind the plate for the Seminoles in 2007 posting a .994 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 478 total chances. He also kept opposing runners at bay a year ago throwing out 40.9 percent of attempted base stealers.
Last year, Posey ranked fifth in the ACC in hitting (.382), second in doubles (21), third in hits (94) and RBI (65) and fourth in runs scored with 66. He registered a hit in 51 of 62 games, while recording multi-hits in 32 games. His 65 RBI’s led the team and surpassed his RBI total of 48 as a freshman. Posey successfully advanced runners 101 times out of 171 opportunities at the plate, good for the second highest rating on the team.
Along with assuming his day-to-day catching duties for Florida State in 2008, Posey will also see some action on the hill in relief for the Seminoles.
Earlier this week, Posey was named to the preseason watch list for the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Award.
Florida State will open the 2008 campaign on Friday, February 22 as they host Duquesne in the first of a three-game set on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.