11 PG Grads in World Series

General : : Professional
Jim Ecker        
Published: Friday, October 29, 2010

A pair of Perfect Game graduates and Aflac All-Americans are scheduled to form the battery for the San Francisco Giants in Game 4 of the World Series Sunday night against the Texas Rangers.

 

Madison Bumgarner, the scheduled starting pitcher for the Giants, played in Perfect Game events during his high school career in Lenoir, N.C., and was named to the Aflac All-American Classic in 2006. Buster Posey, another PG grad and an Aflac All-American in 2004 from Leesburg, Ga., would be his catcher.

 

Both young men made strong impressions on Perfect Game scouts during their prep careers, although Posey was a rifle-armed shortstop and pitcher at the time.

 

“Great arm, good hands and nice actions,” Perfect Game declared after watching Posey at the 2004 National Showcase. “He shows big-time hitting ability with surprising power.”

 

The Giants summoned Posey to the big leagues this season and he made such a strong impression that San Francisco traded Bengie Molina, their starting catcher, to the Texas Rangers to make room for Posey behind the plate. Posey, 23, has been hitting in the No.3 hole for the Giants in the Series, the first rookie catcher to bat third in a World Series game since Yogi Berra with the New York Yankees in 1947.

 

Bumgarner, 21, impressed the Perfect Game scouts at the 2006 National Showcase before playing in the Aflac Classic that summer. He had a “big league type body” and a “strong, powerful 6-5, 220 frame,” according to the scouting reports.

 

“Frankly, he looks like he can do just about anything he wants to do athletically and probably can,” a PG scout declared.

 

Posey and Bumgarner are not the only Perfect Game graduates who are performing in the Fall Classic. The Giants have five PG grads on their team and the Rangers have six PG products, which means that 11 of the 50 players in the World Series – a full 22 percent – appeared in at least one Perfect Game event as high school players.

 

San Francisco’s other Perfect Game graduates are pitcher Matt Cain, pitcher Jonathan Sanchez and outfielder Cody Ross. Cain was the winning pitcher for the Giants in Game 2 of the World Series Thursday night, and Ross has been a clutch hitter for San Francisco during the postseason after being acquired late in the year.

 

The Texas Rangers have six Perfect Game products on their World Series roster with pitcher Derek Holland, pitcher Tommy Hunter, pitcher Michael Kirkman, outfielder Julio Borbon, outfielder Jeff Francoeur and first baseman Mitch Moreland.  Hunter is tentatively scheduled to be the starting pitcher in Game 4 Sunday night against Bumgarner, but the Rangers might switch to Cliff Lee if they are facing elimination.

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