Posey confident despite hitting slump

Posey confident despite hitting slump

TORONTO -- Since being called up May 29, highly touted Giants rookie Buster Posey has done everything right. The 23-year-old has hit the ball with conviction, hitting .310 over 75 at-bats, while playing great defense at both first base and catcher. However, like many other rising stars before him, Posey is beginning to experience the growing pains that tend to parallel a transition to the big leagues.

After hitting .429 through his first 13 games, Posey has since slowed down considerably, going 1-for-21 with a walk over six games entering Sunday's contest against the Blue Jays.

Despite his recent hiccup in production, Posey believes he is still making good swings.

"The thing that is frustrating is I feel like we've been in some ballgames we should have won," Posey said. "I mean, I get in my head here and there to bring in some runs -- that's been frustrating -- [but] I've felt pretty good at the plate. I've hit some balls hard, just right at guys.

"It's one of those things -- try to control what you can and not worry about what you can't control."

In Friday's contest against the Blue Jays, Posey was robbed by third baseman Edwin Encarnacion on a ball hit sharply down the line. On Saturday, Posey was once again the victim of outstanding defense, as shortstop Alex Gonzalez made a sliding grab on a ground ball hit up the middle.

Giants manager Bruce Bochy remains confident that it's only a matter of time before the youngster starts finding some gaps. He also commended Posey for the consistent approach and attitude he brought to the plate in both games as well as batting practice.

"That's a great compliment," Posey said. "That's something that I try to do and it's something that's not easy to do, because when you do have a little hiccup, it's easy to start wanting to change stuff and try to mix stuff up. That's the goal though -- try to stay consistent."