June 27, 2007
Wichita, Ks. - Florida State catcher Buster Posey had a terrific season for the Seminoles.
So good that he was the first ever sophomore to be named a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award.
The competition was very tight with two first round picks Matt Wieters of Georgia Tech and Edward Easley from Mississippi State also up for the honor.
And the winner of the Johnny Bench award is Edward Easley from Mississippi State.
Easley threw out 49 base runners and batted .367 with 12 homeruns.
There is always next year for Buster Posey.
And Buster Posey will be working hard in the next year to be a finalist for next year's award.
On the day of the awards banquet, Buster Posey was a guest instructor at a catcher's camp for kids today in Wichita, Kansas.
The Florida State standout can understand what these young kids are going through since Posey, a infielder and pitcher for all of his baseball life, didn't start playing the position until last fall.
A position change that Buster Posey made look easy but Posey told the campers that his success is the result of one thing.
Buster Posey said "It is going to be alot of hard work and you got to be able to battle through some of the nicks and bruises. Baseball is a game where you have your ups and downs. It is a humbling game. So, you just have to be very persistent."
Buster Posey heads back to Massachusetts to continue playing for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League.