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Posey readies for MLB Draft and Shockers

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June 4, 2008

 Tallahassee, Fl. - Florida State catcher Buster Posey is the ultimate team player.

So much that when you talk about the potential first overall pick in Thursday's baseball draft, the former Lee County Trojan quickly points out he is not the only Seminole player who is going to be drafted.

On the day before the draft, Buster Posey was named a finalist for a second year in a row for the Johnny Bench Award that goes to the top catcher in baseball.

There is little doubt Buster Posey is the top overall player in the college game with .468 batting average, 24 homeruns and 86 runs batted in.

Tampa Bay has the first pick in the draft and the Rays will only publicly say that Buster Posey is one of the players they are looking at drafting.

Posey certainly made his case last weekend in the NCAA regionals when he hit four homeruns and was named the Tallahassee Regional most valuable player.

Buster told me on Wednesday that playing baseball has helped keep him from worrying about the draft and he will be happy no matter where he is picked.

Buster Posey said "No, it doesn't because i will be excited whatever happens. Hopefully, it is going to be a good situation regardless. I will be happy. I will be happy whereever I end up."

Florida State coach Mike Martin said "I just feel if he is not. Someone has made a mistake."

The major league draft starts at 2:00 p.m. Thursday.

Florida State plays Wichita State in the NCAA Super Regionals starting on Friday at 2:00 p.m..