June 8, 2006
Tucson, AZ – Seminole shortstop Buster Posey was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Thursday. The Leesburg, GA native is one of just three Seminoles in program history to be named to a freshman All-America team. He joins Brett Groves (1998) and Stephen Drew (2002) in that elite group. Posey finished his rookie season hitting .346, second-best on the team, and among the team’s offensive leaders in eight categories.
Posey put together one of the most productive rookie seasons in some time at Florida State. The shortstop recorded 85 hits, 14 doubles, 48 RBIs and 38 walks. Posey’s 85 hits were the most by an FSU freshman since current Atlanta Brave Matt Diaz had 105 as a freshman All-American in 1998. Posey was remarkable at the plate in 2006. He was third on the team in multi-RBI games with 13 and he trailed only All-American Shane Robinson in multi-hit games with 27. In 65 games Posey recorded a hit in 52 games and had more multi-hit games (27) than one hit games (25). There was only once stretch the entire season where Posey didn’t record a hit in multiple games and that was just a three-game span. Other than those three games, Posey did not go back-to-back games without a hit at any other time.
Posey’s production at short was a huge boost for the Seminole offense in 2006. The freshman scored 10 more runs, had 26 more hits, eight more doubles, two more triples, 14 more RBIs, 32 more total bases, 14 more walks, 17 fewer strikeouts, five more steals and 11 fewer errors than last year’s starting shortstops combined. Posey was also one of the club’s top clutch hitters. He led the team in average with runners on base and was third on the team hitting with runners in scoring position.
With his selection as a freshman All-America, Posey joins some of the greatest players to ever wear Garnet & Gold. He is the 31st Seminole to be named a freshman All-America and joins Florida State players Luis Alicea, Paul Sorrento, Chris Roberts, Doug Mientkiewicz, Jeremy Morris, J.D. Drew, Tony Richie and Shane Robinson to name just a few of the Seminoles that have been so honored.