Buster Posey has played in various positions since his baseball career started back in high school. The right-handed batter and pitcher plays for the San Francisco Giants primarily as a catcher. The Giants selected him in the 2008 MLB draft as the fifth pick overall, making his major league debut a year later.
He has spent his entire professional career so far with the San Francisco Giants. Buster was named to the All-Star Game every year from 2012 to 2017, excluding 2014. He has also won the World Series three times with the Giants and was named Rookie of the Season at the end of his first major league campaign.
Buster Posey’s Bio
Growing up, like many other kids his age Buster Posey was involved in different sports besides baseball. He played soccer, basketball, and football. At Lee County High School, he played as a shortstop and pitcher, hitting seven home runs, nine doubles, three triples and set a school record batting an average of .544 and 46 RBIs in his junior year. After his senior season saw him record 14 home runs and record a 12-0 victory as a pitcher with 108 strikeouts, he was named Georgia Gatorade Player of the Year, an EA Sports All-American and a lot of other titles.
Graduating fourth in his class of 302 students and with a 3.92 GPA, he was drafted by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the 2005 MLB Draft but opted to go to college instead.
At Florida State University, Posey was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American after finishing his first year with 4 home runs and 48 RBIs with a .346 batting average. In his sophomore year, he was moved from shortstop to catcher. In his junior year, he won the Johnny Bench Award, Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award for his stellar efforts.
Professional Baseball Career
Following his selection by the Giants, Posey signed a contract with a whopping franchise-high sign-on bonus of $6.2 million. Buster spent time with the San Jose Giants of minor league baseball where he made 80 appearances and hit 13 home runs, 58 RBIs with a .326 batting average. Next, he recorded five home runs, 28 RBIs and a. 321 batting average for the Fresno Grizzlies in 35 appearances.
Buster Posey’s major league debut on September 11, 2009, saw him strike out his first at-bat, and make his first major league hit eight days later.
On June 9, 2010, Posey hit his first career home run in a game against the Cincinnati Reds and later became the starting catcher for the Giants at the end of the month. His first career grand slam came against the Milwaukee Brewers on July 7 and marked a ten-game streak that saw Posey bat .514, hit 6 home runs and 32 RBI to set a record for rookies in any ten-day stretch in the National League. At the end of the season, the catcher raked in various awards and recognitions including the NL Rookie of the Year, NL Players Choice Awards Outstanding Rookie, and was named to Baseball America’s All-Rookie Team. He also participated in the Giants run out in the World Series which they won, earning Buster his first World Series ring.
On May 25, 2011, Posey fractured his fibula and sustained torn ligaments after Scot Cousins of the Florida Marlins intentionally ran into him. This caused Major League Baseball to adopt Rule 7.13 preventing runners from deviating from their direct path towards the plate in order to come in contact with any other person.
Posey bounced back from his injury the season before to win the Silver Slugger Award for the catcher position, NL Hank Aaron Award, and the NL MVP awarded by the Baseball Writers’ Association of America. Buster Posey was also named the NL Comeback Player of the Year and received the Willie Mac Award from the San Francisco Giants. In the same year, he was named to the All-Star Game and won his second World Series ring.
Ahead of the 2013 season, the Giants signed Posey to an eight-year $167 million contract, the most expensive in the franchise’s history. He finished the season with a relatively lower .294 batting average but was named to his second straight All-Star Game. He ended 2014 with an impressive batting average, 22 home runs, and another World Series ring, although he missed out on the All-Star Game.
The 2015 season saw Posey reach a career milestone of 100 home runs. He ended the season as the NL best catcher and won the Wilson Defensive Player of the Year Award and more. He also was named to the All-Star Game for the third time in his career.
Buster Posey’s RBI record on May 28, 2016, against the Colorado Rockies, became the Giants catcher with the second most RBIs in a single game. He also recorded his 1000th career hit against the same team on September 27. He ended the season with 14 home runs, 80 RBIs, a .288 batting average and the Golden Glove Award. Posey also made it to his fourth All-Star Game.
From May 8 to May 10 of 2017, Posey recorded home runs in three consecutive showings against the New York Mets. At the end of the season, Baseball America included him as the catcher for the All-MLB Team. Buster also won the Silver Slugger Award and saw his sixth participation in the All-Star Game.
Salary and Net Worth?
Thanks to his eight-year contract signed in 2013, Posey has been earning a good deal of money. In 2014 he earned $10.5 million. In 2017, he pocketed a salary of $21.4 million and a total of $25.4 million including endorsements. Celebrity Net Worth places his net worth at $30 million.
Buster Posey’s Family – Wife and Kids
Talk about long-term relationships. Buster has been in a relationship with Kristen since they were both in high school. They stuck together until they got married on January 10, 2009. The couple gave birth to twins, Lee Dempsey Posey and Addison Lynn Posey on August 14, 2011. The family spends most of their time in the East Bay and usually travel to Georgia during Buster’s off-season.