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Giants Super-Prospect Moving Soon

Jun 22, 2009 – 9:22 PM
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Catcher Buster Posey, who signed for a record $6.2 million bonus less than a year ago, is about to be promoted from the Giants' Single-A affiliate.

"I don't know if it's going to be Double-A or Triple-A, but that discussion is ongoing," San Francisco general manager Brian Sabean told FanHouse on Monday.

Posey, the No. 4 pick in last year's draft, is one of the top hitting prospects in baseball. He is hitting .328/.425/.545 with 11 homers in 66 games at San Jose. Posey was in big league camp for most of the spring. The fact that the Giants are considering moving him as high as Triple-A less than a year into his pro career indicates that he's on the fast track.

Giants catcher Bengie Molina is signed only through the end of this season, so Posey's development will no doubt play a role in the Giants' decision-making on Molina.

Sabean also said that left-hander Madison Bumgarner, the organization's top pitching prospect, has shown he may be close to the big leagues. Bumgarner, the Giants' first-round pick in 2007, is currently at Double-A Connecticut. He's a combined 7-2 with a 1.88 ERA at San Jose and Connecticut this year.

"He's a kid that can pitch [in the majors] with his fastball right now," Sabean said. "We saw that in spring training. Having said that, there is no need to rush him. He's also a guy that may not have to pitch at every level to the get to the big leagues. The equipment is there. The size, the strength. Obviously, you look for consistent command of the secondary pitches, getting more consistent. That's what he's going through now."

Sabean also said that Bumgarner, who might be one of the Giants' top trading chips as they seek to acquire a hitter, "is not going anywhere."

Sabean said the Giants are looking for a hitter, but it's too early to tell who might be available, and at what cost.

"We'd love to add something to the group," he said. "How and when that happens remains to be seen. It's not a real interesting market."
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