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No, this is not a drill (we think). According to Andrew Baggarly of the San Jose Mercury News, the Giants are ready to promote catching prospect Buster Posey(notes). Here's the scoop:

A very good source just told me that the Giants will recall a position player before Saturday’s game and it will be none other than Gerald Demp “Buster” Posey.

This tip came to me after 11 p.m. and I haven’t been able to confirm it at this late hour. So please, please, please take it for what it is.


Posey started at first base for the second consecutive time Friday night. Cuuurious. It’s a pretty safe assumption he was doing more than just resting his knees from catching. He was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI, lifting his PCL average to .349.

In addition to the ridiculous batting average, Posey also has six home runs and a .442 OBP for Triple-A Fresno. He hit .325/.416/.531 across two levels last year, with 18 homers and 31 doubles. He's throwing out base-stealers at a 44 percent clip this season and hasn't yet committed an error, so the stats don't suggest many weaknesses in the 23-year-old's game.

If he plays first base initially, as expected, then Bengie Molina(notes) remains useful and Aubrey Huff(notes) presumably shifts to left field. Posey will obviously make the occasional appearance behind the plate, too. (Nice to have him playing a corner spot, but eligible at catcher). In a recent radio interview with KNBR, general manager Brian Sabean said, "When we bring [Posey] here, we want to make sure he's on the field at least five days a week."

The Giants have reportedly been kicking the tires on Pat Burrell(notes), but they can't reasonably view him as more than a bat off the bench. Mark DeRosa(notes) is down to one healthy wrist, so don't expect a meaningful fantasy contribution from him.

It appears that the Posey era is about to begin. He's merely expected to transform the lineup and rescue the team. No pressure, kid. Posey is currently just six percent-owned in Yahoo! leagues, but act fast. Gerald Demp will be a rather popular add.

Update: Ed Price of AOL Fanhouse confirms the call-up via Twitter. Done deal. Posey owners are free to celebrate in comments…

Update No. 2: Well, that could not have gone much better. Posey went 3-for-4 with three RBIs against the Diamondbacks on Saturday, batting sixth and playing first base. Box score here. Video here. Posey's second hit (pictured) seemed almost impossible. As expected, Aubrey Huff started in left-field for the Giants; he'll need three more starts for OF-eligibility.


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