June 14, 2008
OMAHA, Neb. –
Buster Posey, Florida State’s slugging catcher and Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Year as well as 2008 CoSIDA/ESPN The Magazine’s Academic Baseball Player of the Year, is the 22nd annual recipient of the Dick Howser Trophy, presented by Whitney Bank.
The St. Petersburg Area Chamber of Commerce and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) selected Posey in a vote of over 300 members of the NCBWA and Dick Howser Trophy Committee from an initial field of more than 700 nominees in 2008.
The presentation was made prior to the Seminoles’ first game of the 2008 NCAA College World Series against Stanford at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Posey, a consensus All-America First-Team selection in 2008, is a 6-2, 200 pound junior standout from Leesburg (Ga.) Lee County High School.
The fifth player chosen in the 2008 Major League Baseball First-Year players draft by the San Francisco Giants, Posey enters the CWS with an NCAA-leading .460 batting average and is ranked in the top 10 in seven other different NCAA statistical categories. Through 66 games he ranks first in the NCAA with 92 RBI, 26 home runs (tied for first place), 114 hits, 88 runs scores, a .564 on base percentage and 220 total bases. He sports a slugging percentage of .887 and is on of the top defensive catchers in the county with just eight errors in 474 chances for a .983 fielding percentage.
He has led Florida State to a 54-12 record, the ACC Atlantic Division regular season championship for the second consecutive season. He earned All-ACC First-Team honors fore the second consecutive season and was named to the All-ACC Tournament team.
Posey led the Seminoles to the championship of both the NCAA Tallahassee Regional and the Tallahassee Super Regional. He was named the Most Valuable Player of the Tallahassee Regional.
“Buster Posey epitomizes the spirit and persona of Dick Howser, who also starred as a student-athlete at Florida State,” said Howser Trophy Committee chairman David Feaster of the Greater St. Petersburg Chamber of Commerce. “His academic, athletic, leadership and character qualities make him a very logical recipient of this year’s Whitney Bank Dick Howser Trophy. On behalf of the Dick Howser Trophy committee, the NCBWA and all involved, I send our hearties congratulations.”
Posey is the second Seminole to earn the Dick Howser Award; J.D. Drew earned the award in 1997.