Giants send Posey to Triple-A

Giants send Posey to Triple-A

SAN FRANCISCO -- The news that he'd be starting the season in Triple-A Fresno couldn't have come as a surprise to Buster Posey. After all, the 2008 No. 1 Draft pick had a sharp Spring Training with the big club, but he has only about one full season of professional ball under his belt.

That doesn't mean he's satisfied with being one of nine roster cuts the Giants made Friday.

"Of course you want to begin the year with the big club," Posey said Friday afternoon before the Bay Bridge Series game at AT&T Park. "I think if you go around this clubhouse and ask every guy in there, they'll tell you the same thing.

"At the same time, I'm looking forward to playing every day in Fresno, getting some at-bats and catching nine innings every day."

And that is the whole reason Posey is starting the season in the Minors, leaving starter Bengie Molina and backup Eli Whiteside as the backstop corps. Posey batted .321 with a homer and nine RBIs in his first camp, leaving a strong impression in the six-week camp after a whirlwind first full season that saw him play at three levels, including the Majors.

"He's in a good place right now as far as baseball goes," manager Bruce Bochy said. "We want to continue that with him, and it'd be a challenge for him with playing time here."

At least now Posey has a full camp behind him of working alongside Molina and the rest of the catchers as he heads out to Fresno, although he'll stay with the team till Sunday to soak in a little more.

"Working with Bengie's always going to be a plus," Posey said. "He's a guy who's been around a long time and who's been one of the best a long time. Watching him and asking questions, it can only make you a better player."