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FSU's Posey proves to be quick learner behind plate

May 31, 2007

Tallahassee, Fl. - Florida State head coach Mike Martin had a problem last fall when didn't have any one to play catcher.

His solution was to move his all-star shorstop Buster Posey behind the plate.

Buster Posey said "It started off as just an experiment. Just played with it a little bit. It ended up working out and I guess the rest is just history."

Buster Posey's move from middle infield to catcher was not quite that easy.

During the Christmas break Buster Posey worked daily with Lee County High School baseball coach Rob Williams on blocking baseballs at the plate.

Posey said Pplaying short stop or second base your whole life, you don't really use your chest to catch a ball."

Florida State head baseball coach Mike Martin said "Buster is a guy who never shies away from hard work. He wants to be the best catcher in college baseball."

And Buster Posey is the best catcher in college baseball after being named first team all-American by Collegiate Baseball.

Martin said "A lot of the credit has to be given to his high school coaches and certainly his parents. This is a young man who is devoted to be a very good baseball player."

While Buster Posey had to learn to block balls in the dirt, his days as a pitcher have come in handy when calling the game behind the plate.

Posey said "You kind of know what the pitcher is thinking. What they are going through. I think it helps as far as setting up. You can kind of read batters and decide how you want to throw them."

Mike Martin said"He is a young man who has a great knowledge of the game. Loves to compete and is the guy who is undoubtedly the leader of our ballclub."

Mike Martin has solved a riddle that has puzzled professional scouts for years. The scouts dilemna is do you play Buster Posey in the field and use his powerful bat or put him on the mound and let his throw his 90 mile an hour fastball.

Posey said "I think the professional scouts see more as a catcher because I didn't have the speed I needed at short but I have the arm strength they want behind the plate."

The good news for Florida State fans is their All-American catcher has at least one more season in Tallahassee.  

Buster Posey is not only an all-Ameican on the baseball diamond but also in the classroom.

Coach Martin says Buster will probably win the team's scholastic athlete of the year award.

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