Tallahassee, Fla. – The preseason accolades continue to pour in for a pair of Seminole student-athletes as Jack Rye and Buster Posey were honored as Preseason All-Americans. Posey was named a first team catcher by both Baseball America and Rivals.com, while Rye earned second team honors by Rivals.com.
Baseball America honored a combined 48 student-athletes on the preseason’s first, second and third teams. Baseball America annually polls scouting directors to vote on the team and make their selections based on performance, talent and major league potential. With the selection of Posey as a first team catcher, the Atlantic Coast Conference landed four players on the first team, the most of any conference. The ACC led the nation with 11 players on the three preseason All-America teams.
Florida State was one of six schools that placed two or more student-athletes on Rivals.com Preseason All-American first and second team in 2008. Posey was named to the first team as a catcher and Rye was selected to the second team as an outfielder.
Posey, a finalist for the Johnny Bench Award a season ago, is coming off a spectacular sophomore campaign which featured first-team All-America and All-ACC accolades in his first year as a catcher. The Leesburg, Ga., native started all 62 games from behind the plate for the Seminoles in 2007 posting a .994 fielding percentage, committing just three errors in 478 total chances. He also kept opposing runners at bay a year ago throwing out 40.9 percent of attempted base stealers.
Last year, Posey ranked fifth in the ACC in hitting (.382), second in doubles (21), third in hits (94) and RBI (65) and fourth in runs scored with 66. He registered a hit in 51 of 62 games, while recording multi-hits in 32 games. His 65 RBI’s led the team and surpassed his RBI total of 48 as a freshman. Posey successfully advanced runners 101 times out of 171 opportunities at the plate, good for the second highest rating on the team.
Rye is coming off one of his finest seasons in a Seminole uniform where he posted career-highs in batting average, at-bats, hits, RBI and fielding percentage. As a junior, Rye ranked third on the team with a .372 average collecting 87 hits in 234 at-bats. He hit 12 doubles and 10 home runs while driving in 61 runs en route to earning first-team All-ACC honors. Rye also tied his career-high with six stolen bases last year.
The Irvine, Calif., native was also impressive out on the field as he started 61 games in right field posting a career-high fielding percentage of .991. Rye committed just one error in 117 chances while recording two outfield assists.
Florida State will open the 2008 campaign on Friday, February 22 as they host Duquesne in the first of a three-game set on Mike Martin Field inside Dick Howser Stadium.
2008 Florida State Preseason Accolades
Buster Posey – Brooks Wallace Award Watch List; 1st team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America, Rivals.com; 3rd team All-American by NCBWA
Jack Rye – 2nd team All-American by Collegiate Baseball, Rivals.com
Jason Stidham – Brooks Wallace Award Watch List
Ryan Strauss – Brooks Wallace Award Watch List