July 5, 2004
Leesburg-- By the time Buster Posey returns to Lee County high school next month to start his senior year he may not know where to begin on that "What I Did This Summer" essay. Posey is finally back in Leesburg, after a month of travelling around the country to play baseball. But even though he's home relaxing, Buster Posey's summer is far from over.
School may have let out in May, but Buster Posey hasn't taken a break from learning this summer. "The competition out there was really good, just about every guy you saw was upper 80's, low 90's,"Posey said.
Posey is just back from the Junior National Trials in Joplin Missouri, where he was named one of 18 players to represent USA Baseball's Junior National team in the Triple-A World Junior Championships in Taiwan.
"I've never been out of the country before, that's going to be an experience on it's own. And then playing against ten or twelve different country's, it's like you said, it hasn't' sunk in yet." Before Joplin Posey spent a few days at a showcase in Tampa..before that he was in McAlester Oklahoma representing Team Georgia in the Junior Sunbelt Classic.
"In the future I hope I have to do that. I want to continue playing baseball on the collegiate level or the professional level and maybe this is just a little taste of what I'll have to do in the next five or ten years, hopefully."
The rising senior at Lee County high might want to get used to that taste. As a pitcher he consistently throws in the low to mid 90's, and is dangerous with the bat too. In three games at the trials, Posey finished five for six with five runs batted in. Stats that have already drawn the attention of college coaches.
"Florida State, Georgia and Georgia Tech are looking at me pretty hard. Actually this past week I got a call from Stanford," Posey added.
More colleges are sure to come calling in the weeks to come and Posey knows the fun is only just beginning. "It's been fun so far, it's not over yet so I'm looking forward to the rest of it."
In addition to representing The Jr. National team in Taiwan in September, Posey will also play in the AFLAC All American game next month in Aberdeen Maryland.
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