January 20, 2010 - Pacific Coast League (PCL) - Fresno Grizzlies
FRESNO, CA - Top San Francisco Giants catching prospect Buster Posey has been announced as a guest for the 49th Annual Hot Stove Banquet. The February 4th event, benefiting the Grizzlies Community Fund, will also feature new Grizzlies manager Steve Decker, other guest speakers from the San Francisco Giants to be named later and awards presented to several of the Valley's top baseball and softball athletes and coaches.
Posey, 22, was selected by the Giants with the fifth overall pick of the 2008 First Year Player Draft out of Florida State. A former All-American, Posey won the Johnny Bench Award for best college catcher and Golden Spikes Award for best overall college player in 2008. After starting the 2009 campaign at Single-A San Jose, he was promoted to Fresno for 35 games before being called up to San Francisco to finish the season. In 125 games over his first two minor league seasons, Posey has batted.327 (150-for-459) with 36 doubles, 19 home runs, 86 RBI, a.421 on-base percentage and a.538 slugging percentage. Baseball America ranks the backstop as the top prospect in the Giants farm system heading into the 2010 season.
The annual charitable event is scheduled for Thursday, February 4th, with the evening's activities slated to begin with a VIP Reception at 5:30pm- featuring current and former MLB players, local high school and college coaches and Fresno Athletic Hall of Fame members- at the Holiday Inn Downtown. Doors will open to the general public at 6:15pm. Tickets are $60 for adults, $30 for children, and $550 to reserve a table of ten, with all proceeds benefiting the Grizzlies Community Fund and its efforts within the community. For ticket information, please call Danielle Witt at 559.320.2547.
An awards presentation will also highlight the Hot Stove Banquet as honors will be presented to baseball and softball standouts from across the Valley. Categories will include Male and Female Player of the Year, Team of the Year, and Coach of the Year. The Al Radka award, celebrating an individual that has made a contribution to the community through the game of baseball, will be presented for the 8th time at this year's Hot Stove. Radka started the Fresno Hot Stove Banquet over 50 years ago and the award was created as a testament to his vision.
Both silent and live auctions benefiting the Fresno Grizzlies Community Fund will also be a part of the festivities. All proceeds of the event will go towards the Grizzlies' non-profit organization, which was created to assist, reward and support the Valley community. The Grizzlies Community Fund benefits hundreds of local charity and non-profit groups and has created several of its own community programs including Wild About Reading, Swing for Kids and the Junior Grizzlies- a non-competitive baseball league for children with mental and physical disabilities.