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FSU's Posey goes No. 5 to Giants

Florida State catcher Buster Posey is heading for a bay area after all.

But it will be the one on the West Coast, as the first-round pick (No. 5 overall) of the San Francisco Giants, and not the one closer to home with the Tampa Bay Rays, who had the top choice and seriously considered him.

"I'm extremely excited," Posey said Thursday.

Team officials apparently were unfazed by reports that Posey could be looking for a $12-million package. Giants general manager Brian Sabean told the San Jose Mercury News that Posey, 21, will be on the "fast track" to the majors.

"I don't think you can ask for anything more than that," Posey said. "But honestly, my focus is right here, right now, and winning tomorrow against Wichita State (in the NCAA super region)."

As for the Rays, Posey said he had a "gut feeling" they would be taking Georgia high school shortstop Tim Beckham. He added that his advisers were not negotiating with Tampa Bay.

Posey's teammate, shortstop Anthony Delmonico, was taken by the Dodgers in the sixth round with the 187th overall pick.

UM picks: Second baseman Jemile Weeks, brother of the Brewers' Rickie Weeks, was one of three Hurricanes selected in the first round. Weeks went at No. 12 to the A's. The others: first baseman Yonder Alonso (first round, seventh overall, Reds), right-hander Carlos Gutierrez (first, 27th, Twins), rightfielder Dennis Raben (second, 66th, Mariners), centerfielder Blake Tekotte (third, 101st, Padres); third baseman Robert Sobolewski (fourth, 129th, Blue Jays).

UF: Shortstop Stephen Figueroa was taken in the sixth round with the 195th pick by the Padres.

After Beckham: With the second pick, the Pirates chose Vanderbilt third baseman Pedro Alvarez. American Heritage High (Plantation) first baseman Eric Hosmer went third to the Royals, and the Orioles took college pitching prospect Brian Matusz out of San Diego at No. 4.

Booted player drafted: The Indians took infielder Lonnie Chisenhall (first round, 29th overall), who was kicked off the team at South Carolina in 2007 for stealing electronics from a dorm room. Chisenhall pleaded guilty to burglary and grand larceny and was sentenced in February to six months' probation. Indians scouting director Brad Grant said the club did extensive background checks on Chisenhall, who played at Pitt Junior College in Greenville, N.C., this past season. "Everybody we have talked with is convinced that Lonnie's incident was a case of him being at the wrong place at the wrong time and it will not happen again," Grant said.

Information from the Associated Press was used in this report.

FSU's Posey goes No. 5 to Giants 06/05/08 [Last modified: Friday, June 6, 2008 7:23pm]
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