SF Chronicle sports writer Henry Schulman reports the Giants will start Buster Posey at catcher in tonight’s road game against the Cincinnati Reds. Posey will team up with Giants starter Barry Zito.
This will be Posey’s first 2010 start at catcher; he had four starts behind the plate in 2009. Regular starting catcher Bengie Molina has been benched for tonight’s game, and this may be the long-awaited beginning of the Buster Posey era in Giants baseball.
Molina is currently batting .248, with 12 RBIs in 158 at bats. As recently as Saturday’s game against the Pirates, Giants Manager Bruce Bochy continued to bat Molina in the clean-up spot despite his complete lack of run production and power this year. Molina has 2 RBIs in 47 at bats from the number four slot in the line-up, and is batting .200 with runners in scoring position through June 7th.
Just before game time tonight, at 7:00 PM ET, Major League Baseball will conduct the 2010 Baseball First Year Player Draft. The San Francisco Giants have the 24th pick in the first round of the draft, and the 74th pick in round two. Several players may be on the Giants radar in round one, including West Virginia shortstop Jedd Gyorko, Ohio high school RHP Stetson Allie, outfielder Brett Eibner of Arkansas, and Florida high school shortstop Yordy Cabrera.
The Giants Cove will have an analysis of the Giants first round pick, and an assessment of who they didn’t take (and why).