Married (Kristen, Jan. 2009)…son (Lee Dempsey, Aug. 14, 2011)…daughter (Addison Lynn, Aug. 14, 2011). Graduated from Lee County (GA) High School and attended Florida State University. Was named AFLAC All-American following his senior season at FSU while being named the nation's 18th-best prospect by Prospects Plus…was Georgia Gatorade Player of Year and Louisville Slugger State Player of Year. Capped off one of greatest seasons in FSU history, winning the 2008 Golden Spikes Award, which is emblematic of the top amateur player in the country…became the third Giant to receive the honor, joining Tim Lincecum (2006), Will Clark (1985). Won every major Player of Year award in 2008, winning the Dick Howser Trophy and Brooks Wallace Award, while claiming the Johnny Bench Award for the nation's top collegiate catcher…was also named Player of Year by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America and Rivals.com…finished '08 season as the national leader in six offensive categories, including batting avg. (.463), hits (119), RBI (93), total bases (226), slugging pct. (.879) and on-base pct. (.566). Honored for his stellar work behind plate, earning a Rawlings Gold Glove Award after posting a .983 fielding pct. in 62 starts. Was drafted out of HS by the California Angels in the 50th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft, but did not sign.
Hit .288 (155-for-539) with 33 doubles, 14 home runs and 80 RBI in 146 games. Was named to his fourth All-Star team and his third as the NL's starting catcher (started the 2012 and 2015 ASG)…the only other Giants catcher to make three All-Star starts was Walker Cooper (NYG). Stole a career-high six bases, five of which came prior to the All-Star break...the only other Giants catcher to steal at least five bases prior to the All-Star break was Bob Brenly (five in 1982, eight in 1986 and six in 1987). Opponents went 24-for-47 in stolen base attempts against him and were 17 of their last 21 to end the season. Hit a pair of three-run HRs on May 28 at Colorado, both of which have given the Giants the lead (first and eighth innings)...marked his third career milti-homer game and it was just the fifth time in SF-era history (since 1958) that a Giants catcher had driven in six-or-more runs in a game. Recorded his 1,000th career hit on Sept. 27 when he homered in the fifth inning…he became the first Giants player with 1,000 hits all in a Giants uniform since Rich Aurilia in 2003. Homered just twice in his final 63 games and had just three homers in the second half.
Posted another stellar season, batting .318 (177-for-557) with 28 doubles, 19 home runs and 95 RBI in 150 games....Won his third Silver Slugger award (2012, 2014, 2015), becoming the first Giants catcher to win the award three times....Made 143 starts (103 at catcher, 37 at 1st base and three as DH)...Was selected to his third All-Star Game and second as a starter...received more than 9.9 million votes....Became the Giants' first three-time All-Star catcher since Walker Cooper in 1946-48…the only other Giants catcher with three All-Star nods in a Giants uniform was Harry Danning (1939, 1940, 1941)....Among NL leaders he finished fourth in batting avg. (.318), tied for fifth in hits (177), sixth in on-base pct. (.379), ninth in RBI (95)....Hit .351 with RISP, which ranked as the eighth-highest figure in the NL....Hit safely in a season-best 16-consecutive games May 5-24...batted .365 with three home runs and 13 RBI during this stretch....Reached base safely via hit, walk or hit by pitch in a career-best 27 games from April 25-May 27....Caught Chris Heston's no-hitter on June 9 at New York-NL...according to Elias, he became one of three catchers to catch three no-hitters and win three World Series titles...the other two are Bill Carrigan (1912 to 1916) and Yogi Berra (which includes catching Don Larsen's perfect game in the World Series)....Hit his fourth career grand slam June 24 off San Diego's RHP Ian Kennedy…it was his second grand slam in a five game span...according to Elias, the last Giants player to hit two grand slams in a period of five games or fewer was Chris Speier, who hit two in five games from May 5-9, 1987....Hit his 100th career home run Sept. 6 at Colorado off LHP Yohan Flande…joined Tom Haller (107) as the only catchers in Giants franchise history to hit at least 100 home runs....Became the 17th catcher to reach 100+ home runs in his first seven seasons.
Completed his fifth full season with San Francisco, batting .311 (170-for-547) with 28 doubles, 22 home runs and 89 RBI in 147 games...Finished fourth in the NL in batting avg. behind COL's Justin Morneau (.319), PIT's Josh Harrison (.315), Andrew McCutchen (.314)...Also ranked fourth in batting average with RISP (.346), eighth in slugging pct. (.490) and tied for ninth in RBI...Led the Majors with a .348 batting average on the road... Barry Bonds was the last Giants player to pace the big leagues in road batting average when he hit .386 in 2002...His production at home suffered from the spacious dimensions and cool nights at AT&T Park, where he sported a .764 OPS, compared to his .941 figure on the road...hit .274 at AT&T Park, however batted .381 (32-for-84) over his final 21 home games...Hit .347 with a .899 OPS as a first baseman (30 starts) compared to a .305 clip and .849 OPS as a catcher (109 starts)...Started 141 games for the Giants, 109 at catcher, 30 at first base and two as the designated hitter...Threw out 17-of-76 (22.4%) of attempted basestealers and finished seventh in the NL with a 3.39 catcher's ERA...Had some back issues that led to fatigue in his legs earlier in the season and hit just .259 with seven HRs and 25 RBI in April-May...However, had the highest batting avg. in the Majors after the All-Star break, hitting .354 (85-for-240) with 12 HRs, 43 RBI in 62 games...Ranked third among all big league players with a .393 clip in Sept. (LAD's Carl Crawford, .448; CLE's Michael Brantley, .416)...Was in and out of the Giants lineup the last week of the season to rest his ailing back.
The two-time NL All-Star batted .294 (153-for-520) with 34 2Bs, 15 HRs and 72 RBI in 148 games. Made 140 starts (119 at catcher, 16 at 1st base and five as DH). Signed a nine-year contract (eight-year extension) through 2021 with an option for 2022 on March 29... marked the longest contract in Giants history. Was selected to his second-consecutive All-Star Game, via the player ballot. Finished 12th in the league with a .371 on-base pct. Owned the ninth-highest avg. against left-handed pitching in the NL, hitting at a .320 clip. His 63 stolen bases against were tied for the fourth-most by any National League catcher. Recorded his first career walk-off hit of any kind on May 3 vs. Los Angeles, hitting a game-winning solo home run off Ronald Belisario in the 9th inning to give the Giants a 2-1 win...Posey's last walk-off home run came in a minor league game on June 5, 2009 while playing for Class A Advanced San Jose...Posey homered off of LHP Zach Phillips of the Bakersfield Blaze in the 13th inning, giving the Giants a 4-3 victory. Hit .374 (37-for-99) in the month of June with 11 doubles, five HRs and 17 RBI. Hit three doubles on June 14 at Atlanta, with each one coming with two strikes on him...it marked the first t me Posey has recorded three extra-base hits in a game. Named NL Player of the Week for the period ending June 30...hit .500 (11-for-22) with four home runs and six RBI... marked his second weekly award, also winning it in July 2010. Recorded a career-high five hits on July 8 vs. New York- NL in a 16.0-inning game, going 5-for-8 with a pair of doubles, a HR and two RBI...the last Giants catcher with five-or-more hits in a game was Doug Mirabelli (five hits) at Houston on June 24, 2000 (Elias). Recorded five RBI in a game for the third time in his career on July 12 at San Diego, but it marked the first time he accomplished it as a catcher (in the two other games he was playing 1st base)...the last Giants catcher to drive in at least five runs in a game was Pablo Sandoval on Sept. 7, 2008 against the Pirates (Elias). Became the 48th catcher to catch multiple no-hitters when he caught Tim Lincecum's no-hitter on July 13 at San Diego. Suffered a small fracture on the tip of his right finger and missed four games rom Sept. 4-7...was struck on his bare hand Sept. 3 when a pitch from Bumgarner bounced off the plate...impact of pitch ripped half his fingernail. Struggled following the All Star Break batting just .244 (48-for-197) with seven doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI in 58 games. His 16 RBI after the break were tied for the seventh fewest among NL players with at least 200 plate appearances.
Was named the National League's Most Valuable player after batting .336 (178-for-530) with 78 runs scored, 39 doubles, 24 home runs and 103 RBI while posting a .408 on-base pct., .549 slugging pct. and a .957 OPS. Was listed first on 27 ballots, second on four and third on one of the 32 ballots submitted by two writers representing each league city to score 422 points, based on a tabulation system rewarding 14 points for first place, nine for second, eight for third and on down to one for 10th. Became the fifth catcher to win the MVP award, joining Johnny Bench (1970, 1972), Roy Campanella (1951, 1953, 1955) , Ernie Lombardi (1938) and Gabby Hartnett (1935). At 25 years old, was the youngest player to win an MVP
award since Ryan Sandberg in 1984. Became the first player since Frank Robinson to win a league MVP award, batting title and World Series in the
same season...Robinson accomplished the feat with the Orioles in 1966...five players registered that hat trick prior to Robinson: Dick Groat (1960 Pirates), Mickey Mantle (1956 Yankees), Willie Mays (1954 Giants), Stan Musial (1946 Cardinals) and Joe DiMaggio (1939 Yankees) (Elias). Posey, Yogi Berra (1951 Yankees) and Roy Campanella
(1955 Dodgers) are the only catchers to win a World Series and MVP award in the same season (Elias). It's the 13th time a Giants player has been honored and the first since Barry Bonds in 2004. Joined Willie Mays and Willie McCovey as the only Giants to win Rookie of the Year and an MVP award in franchise history. Is one of only three catchers to win Rookie of the Year, MVP and a World Series in their careers, joining Johnny
Bench and Thurman Munson...Posey, Willie Mays and
Willie McCovey are the only Giants to accomplish that trio of feats. Won Rookie of Year Award in 2010 and became the 14th former winner to be elected MVP. Became the 18th player to win both the NL batting title and NL MVP in the same season. Joined Mays (1954) and Barry Bonds (2002, 2004) as the only Giants players to win a NL batting title and a MVP award. Won the NL batting title, leading the league with a .336 avg. (also led Majors)...became the first catcher to win
the NL batting title in 70 years, since Ernie Lombardi did so with the Boston Braves in 1942. Joined Lombardi as the only catchers in the league's history to win a batting title. Is the first Giant to win the batting crown since Barry
Bonds in 2004 (.362) and became the seventh player in Giants franchise history to lead the league in batting average. The last catcher to win the batting title in either league was Joe Mauer with the Twins in 2009. Won the title after a recent rule change making the final sentence of Rule 10.22(a) inapplicable to Melky Cabrera, who finished one plate appearance shy of qualifying due to his suspension (the stricken sentence
would have allowed Cabrera, because of the size of his lead over his nearest competitor, to win the
title though finishing with fewer than the requisite 502 plate appearances). Among the National League leaders he finished first in batting average, second in OBP, fourth in slugging, sixth in RBI, tied for sixth in multi-hit games (52), tied for seventh in total bases (291), tied for eighth in hits, ninth in doubles and 10th in walks (69)...also tied for first for the most sacrifice flies (9). His 103 RBI were the most driven in by a Giant since Jeff Kent had 108 RBI in 2002. His 82 RBI as a catcher were the second-most in the NL (Miguel Montero, 88) and the second-most in SF-era history (Bengie Molina, 91 in 2008). The only players in Giants franchise history (since 1900) to drive in 100+ runs in a season with their primary position being catcher was Walker Cooper in 1947 (122 RBI) and Dick Dietz in 1970 (107). Joined Dick Dietz (22 HRs in 1970) and Tom Haller (26 in 1966) as the only Giants players with 20+ home runs "as a catcher" only since 1958. 17 of his 24 home runs came on the road, the highest rate for any ML player with at least 20 home runs. Led the Giants and ranked third in the NL with a .340 avg. (49-for-144) with RISP. His 18 game-winning RBI and 31 go-ahead RBI both ranked as the third-most in the NL. Led all big league players with a .433 batting avg. (71-
for-164) against left-handed pitchers. Led the NL with a .330 batting avg. (94-for-285) on the road...his 62 RBI on the road were third-most. Was named an All-Star for the first time in his career, being named the starting catcher for the NL squad... registered 7,621,370 votes, setting the highest total by an NL player in ML history. Batted .385 (99-for-257) with 23 doubles, 14 homers and 60 RBI in 71 games since the All-Star break.
> His .385 avg. and .456 OBP led the Majors since the
break, while his .646 slugging pct. ranked second and
his 60 RBI were tied with Alfonso Soriano for the
fourth-most.His 87 stolen bases allowed were the second-most in
the Majors, but his 31 caught stealings were also the
> His two passed balls were tied for the fewest in MLB.
> The Giants were 25 games over .500 when he started
> Appeared in 148 games overall, making 143 starts (111
at catcher, 29 at 1st base, three at DH).
In his 2nd full big league season, Posey was limited
to just 45 games after devastating injury in
May ended his season...batted .284 (46-for-162)
with 4 HRs and 21 RBI. ... Was placed on disabled list on May 26 with fractured
bone in his lower left leg...suffered injury night before
in collision at home plate with Florida's Scott Cousins,
who crashed into Posey as he was trying to block winning run in 12th inning...Posey was receiving throw
from right fielder Nate Schierholtz on Emilio Bonifacio's
sacrifice fly to medium right field when he had dropped
throw right before Cousins went shoulder-first into him
and his left cleat appeared to stick in infield dirt while
rest of his body was hurled sideways...Giants trainers
Dave Groeschner and Mark Gruesbeck helped carry him
off field...manner in which Cousins hit Posey sparked
conversation about rule changes for months. ... Underwent three MRI's - 1st on his ankle, 2nd on his
lower leg and 3rd on his knee...results showed torn
ligaments in his ankle, fractured fibula in his lower left
leg and nothing on his knee... ... Underwent successful surgery on May 29 to repair torn
ligaments in his left ankle...had two screws inserted in
his leg in 90-minute procedure that was performed at
medical facility in Burlingame by team orthopedist Ken
Akizuki and Giants podiatry specialist Larry Oloff, along
with Michael Dillingham, former 49ers physician who
has extensive experience with traumatic injuries. ... Had successful surgery on July 22 to remove screws
from his left ankle. ... Prior to injury, had started 43 of Giants' 1st 48 games
(41 at catcher, 2 at 1st base) and hit safely in 32 of 43
contests...leading up to injury was among Giants leaders
in avg. (2nd), hits (2nd), RBI (2nd) and homers (T3rd). ... Made his 1st career Opening Day roster and became
youngest Giants starting catcher at 24 years and 4 days
old since Tom Haller was 23 years and 292 days old
when he started for SF in 1961. ... Hit his 3rd home run of year on April 17 at Arizona,
hitting 2-run, game-tying shot off RHP Barry Enright,
knotting score at 4-4...next batter Pablo Sandoval hit
solo shot for Giants' 1st back-to-back clouts of year. ... Ended year with season-high 13-game hit streak from
Named National League winner of Jackie Robinson Rookie of Year Award, becoming 6th player to earn honor in Giants franchise history ... Won Rookie of Year Award with 129 points, receiving 20 1st-place votes, 9 2nd-place votes and 2 3rd-place votes ... Became 6th Giant and 1st in 35 years to win award, which was established in 1947...joined Willie Mays (1951), Orlando Cepeda (1958), Willie McCovey (1959), Gary Matthews (1973) and John Montefusco (1975) ... Became 6th NL catcher to be honored Rookie of Year, joining Johnny Bench (1968), Earl Williams (1971), Benito Santiago (1987), Mike Piazza (1993) and Geovanny Soto (2008) ... Became 1st Rookie of Year winner to also become World Series champion in same season since Boston's Dustin Pedroia in 2007...last NL player to do it was Florida's Dontrelle Willis in 2003 ... With Posey winning ROY, it snapped 35-year drought for Giants organization, which had been longest span without rookie award for National League team ... Posey joined Texas' Neftali Feliz (AL Rookie of Year) as 3rd pair of players named ROY in their respective leagues after appearing in that year's World Series...previous pairs were Willie Mays and Gil McDougald in 1951 (Giants and Yankees) and Dave Righetti and Fernando Valenzuela in 1981 (Yankees and Dodgers) ... Was also named to Topps' ML Rookie All-Star team ... Solidified his status as Giants' most heralded position-playing prospect since Matt Williams in 1987 after batting .305 (124-for-406) with 23 2Bs, 18 HRs and 67 RBI in 108 games for San Francisco ... His .305 batting avg. was 3rd-highest for any player who started at least 50 games at catcher in his rookie season, behind Mike Piazza's .318 clip with LA-NL in 1993 and Ronny Paulino's .310 mark with PIT in 2006 (Elias) ... His 67 RBI were 5th-most by Giants rookie since 1958 and most since Chili Davis had 76 in 1982...his 18 HRs were tied for 5th-most by Giants rookie since '58 and most since Davis had 25 in '82 ... Led Giants and ranked 17th in NL with .312 avg. (34-for-109) with RISP ... His .305 avg. was 8th-highest in NL since his call-up (May 29), trailing only Carlos Gonzalez (.343), Joey Votto (.329), Matt Holliday (.322), Omar Infante (.321), Albert Pujols (.315), Ryan Zimmerman (.311) and Adrian Gonzalez (.310) ... Ranked among NL rookie leaders (min. 100 games played) in batting avg. (.305, 1st), slugging pct. (.505, 2nd), on-base pct. (.357, 3rd), RBI (67, 4th), multi-hit games (38, 5th), HRs (18, T5th), hits (124, 7th) and 2Bs (23, 7th) ... Missed 1st 2 months in big leagues as he was playing for triple-A Fresno, and wasn't number one catcher until July 1 ... Since his recall from triple-A May 29, started 105 of 115 games, making 30 starts at 1st base and 75 as backstop, catching pitching staff with number of guys with violent stuff ... Caught 12 shutouts overall in 2010 and fashioned 3.18 catchers ERA, 2nd-lowest in NL among players with at least 75 starts (Yorvit Torrealba, 3.14)...threw out 18-of-57 (31.6%) attempted baserunners ... In his season debut on May 29 vs. Arizona, had 3 RBI singles in 4 at-bats to help Giants earn 12-1 victory ... Homered in his 1st game as regular catcher on July 1 at Colorado ... Earned NL Player of Week honors from July 5-11, hitting .556 (15-for-27) with 5 HRs and 14 RBI ... Posted career-best 21-game hitting streak from July 4-28, batting .440 (37-for-84) with 6 HRs and 23 RBI...in 1st 10 games of streak, Posey had 19 hits, 6 HRs and 13 RBI - no rookie in NL history ever had those numbers for any 10-game stretch ... His 21-game hit streak marked 2nd-longest hit streak by rookie in SF-era history, behind Hall of Famer Willie McCovey's 22-game hit streak in 1959 ... Became 7th player in SF-era history to have hit streak of 20-or-more games and his 21-gamer tied Robby Thompson for 5th-longest in SF history...also became just 21st Major League catcher to post hit streak of 20+ and only 2nd to accomplish feat as rookie, joining Benito Santiago (34-straight games in 1987) ... Was named NL Player of Month, NL Rookie of Month and was named winner of "Major League Baseball's Clutch Performer of Month", all for July...finished with NL-leading 43 hits and ranked 3rd with .417 avg., tied for 3rd with 24 RBI, 4th with .466 on-base pct. and 5th in league with .699 slugging mark ... Became 1st Giants player with at least 40-or-more hits in single month since Randy Winn had 46 in August of 2008...his 43 hits in July were most in one calendar month by Giants rookie, surpassing Jim Ray Hart, who had 42 in July 1964...his 7 HRs were also most in one calendar month by Giants rookie since Jack Clark hit 7 in 1977 ... Began year at triple-A Fresno to catch more innings and get consistent at-bats...with injuries to Mark DeRosa and Edgar Renteria, window of opportunity opened for Posey to get at-bats at Major-League level and he was called up to big leagues on May 29 ... Played majority of his games at 1st base (23 starts at 1st in 26 games), pushing Aubrey Huff to outfield, however, trade of Bengie Molina to Texas on July 1 cleared everyday catching job...at time of trade, Molina was hitting just .257 with .312 on-base pct. and had been battling sore left elbow ... Giants were 40-38 at time of trade of Molina; however went 52-32 after that ... Hit his 1st big league homer off Reds pitcher Aaron Harang at Great American Ball Park on June 9...2-run shot in 2nd inning traveled an estimated 439 feet and gave Giants 2-1 lead...fan who caught ball exchanged it with Posey for his autograph ... Hit his 1st career grand slam and posted his 1st multi-HR contest on July 7 at Milwaukee...hit 2-run HR off Chris Narveson in 1st inning, capping frame that included 3 HRs by Giants (also Andres Torres and Aubrey Huff)...his grand slam came in SF's 7-run 4th inning and came against LHP Chris Capuano...became 1st Giants rookie to have at least 4 hits, 2 HRs and 6 RBI in game since Willard Marshall on May 15, 1942 vs. Cincinnati (4-for-5, 2 HRs, 6 RBI) ... In 1-0 victory on Sept. 21 at Chicago-NL, Posey caught shutout in combined 2-hitter, threw out an attempted base stealer and homered to account for only run of game ... Backstop did not falter in heart of postseason push with Giants as he started 30 of SF's final 31 games of season...hit .233 (24-for-103) with 8 HRs (T3rd-most in NL in Sept./Oct.) and 15 RBI in Sept/Oct ... Guided pitching staff that held opponents to 3 runs-or-fewer in 23 of their last 26 regular-season games, including 18-game streak which was tied for 3rd-longest all-time ... Caught shutout and homered in his last trip to plate on Oct. 3 vs. San Diego to help Giants clinch NL West on final day of regular season ... Batted .349 (60-for-172) with 13 2Bs, 2 3Bs, 6 HRs and 32 RBI in 47 games with triple-A Fresno prior to his call-up to big leagues...his .349 avg. was 4th-highest in PCL at time of his recall and his .442 on-base pct. was also 4th-best among all triple-A players.
Posey became just 5th NL Rookie of Year to help his team win World Series, batting .288 (17-for-59) with HR and 5 RBI in 15 games ... Led Giants in hits in 1st round win over Atlanta in Division Series, going 6-for-16 (.375), which marked 7th-highest avg. by rookie in LDS (min. 10 PAs) ... Became 1st rookie catcher in Major League history to bat cleanup in postseason game, batting 4th in Game 1 of Division Series vs. Atlanta on Oct. 7 (Elias) ... Posey and Braves catcher Brian McCann became only 4th pair of catchers to start and bat cleanup in same postseason contest...others were Yogi Berra and Roy Campanella (1953 and 1955 World Series), Johnny Bench and Manny Sanguillen (1970 NLCS), and Bench and Carlton Fisk (Games 5 and 6 of 1975 World Series (Elias) ... Tied for 2nd on team with 3 RBI in LCS against Philadelphia...went 4-for-5 with 2 2Bs and 2 RBI in Game 4 to become just 2nd rookie catcher in ML history to collect 4 hits in postseason game...on Oct. 10, 1946, Joe Garagiola had 4 hits and 3 RBI to lead Cardinals to 12-3 win over Red Sox at Fenway Park in Game 4 of World Series ... Hit safely in all 5 games of World Series vs. Texas, batting .300 (6-for-20) with HR and 2 RBI...hit solo HR off Darren O'Day in Game 4, becoming 4th rookie catcher ever to hit HR in WS game, joining Wally Schang (1913 Philadelphia Athletics), Bill DeLancey (1934 Cardinals) and Rod Barajas (2001 Diamondbacks) ... Became youngest Giants player to hit home run in World Series contest at 23 years and 219 days...previous youngest was Matt Williams (23 years, 333 days) in Game 3 of 1989 WS against Oakland ... On Oct. 31 at Texas, Posey joined teammate Madison Bumgarner as 1st all-rookie starting battery in World Series game since Spec Shea and Yogi Berra started for Yankees in Game 1 of 1947 World Series.
One of San Francisco's prized young players, Posey made quick strides in just his
2 minor leagues seasons, finishing year with San Francisco...had his contract purchased from triple-
A Fresno Sept. 2 and appeared in 7 games for Giants, going 2-for-17 (.118)...made 4 starts, all
at catcher and caught 40.0 innings overall...upon hearing of his call-up to majors, caught an early
flight at dawn out of Las Vegas with teammate
Dan Runzler and landed in Philadelphia at 3
p.m. local time on Sept. 2...his call-up was
somewhat of surprise, however, with catcher
Bengie Molina missing time with strained
upper right quad, Giants had no choice but to
add Posey to big league roster as insurance
option...after hitting combined .325 with 18
HRs and 80 RBI in his 1st full season between
Class A Advanced San Jose and triple-A Fresno,
Posey finally got his 1st major league at-bat
Sept. 11 in 10-3 loss to Dodgers in Los Angeles-
NL, when he came on as late defensive insertion
and struck out in his lone plate appearance
against Hiroki Kuroda...collected his 1st major
league hit in his 3rd career at-bat Sept. 19 at
Los Angeles-NL, with bloop single to right field
off Jeff Weaver...caught Randy Johnson Sept.
25 vs. Chicago-NL, which was largest age difference
between pitcher and catcher since Jesse
Orosco and Rob Bowen threw together Sept. 27,
2003 (23 years and 309 days)...age difference
between Posey and Johnson was 23 years and
198 days (Sports Features Group)...started 4 of
SF's final 9 games with club dropping out of postseason contention...prior to his promotion to big league club, spilt year between Class A Advanced San Jose and triple-A Fresno...began year at SJ, hitting .326 (95-for-291) with 23 2Bs, 13 HRs and 58 RBI in 80 contests, helping Giants win 1st half title in California League North Division with 42-28 (.600) record...Giants later went on to win CAL League Championship, their 3rd title in last 5 seasons...appeared in 64 games at catcher, throwing out 31-of-63 (49.3%) attempted base stealers, and helping San Jose lead CAL league in that category (58-of-76, 43.3%)...named co-Batter of Week with teammate Brandon Crawford for week ending April 20 after batting .500 (13-for-26) with 2 HRs and 6 RBI...after earning California League Mid-Season All-Star honors, backstop skipped double-A level and made jump to triple-A, being promoted July 14...was scheduled to be promoted earlier, however was hit in head with pitch by Stockton's Craig Italinao on June 26 and missed 5 games...upon promotion to triple-A he immediately sparked Grizzlies, as team won 1st 9 games he caught...struggled somewhat at plate in his 1st 14 games with Fresno, batting just .222, however, adjusted and recorded .380 avg. in his final 21 games to finish at .321 (42-for-131) with 8 2Bs, 3B, 5 HRs and 22 RBI in 35 contests...in 33 games at catcher position, threw out 8-of-21 (38.1%) attempted base stealers...was on fire in August, batting at .375 clip with 17 RBI and connecting on all 5 of his round trippers during his 1st full month at minor league baseball's top classification...played in Arizona Fall League in October, playing for Scottsdale Scorpions...tabbed by Baseball America as top prospect in Giants system entering 2010 season...
Played for 3 different affiliates hitting .385 (10-for-26) with 5 extra base hits in 7 games for AZL-Giants before being promoted to short-season single-A Salem-Keizer...played in only 3 games with Volcanoes hitting .273 (3-for-11) before backstop was moved to single-A San Jose for California league playoffs...played in 5 games batting .235 (4-for-17), while going 3-for-5 with 2 2Bs in last game of season...following 1st professional season, played for Waikiki Beach Boys, where he was named to HWB post-season All-Star team...helped Beach Boys win their 1st Hawaii Winter League Baseball championship, batting .338 (25-for-74) with 4 2Bs and 15 RBI, doing most damage with 12-game hit streak (23-for-46, .500)...