On April 6, 2010, the San Francisco Giants announced the Opening Day roster for the 2010 Fresno Grizzlies, their Triple A minor league affiliate. Headlining the list of top prospects were Buster Posey and Madison Bumgarner. Both were the top two prospects in the Giants’ minor league system, according to Baseball America. Posey, 23, was rated the fourth-best overall prospect in baseball by MLB.com, and Bumgarner, 20, ranked 10th on the same list. Both were first-round draft picks, with Posey going fifth overall in 2008, and Bumgarner 10th in the 2007 first-year player draft. For a few short months they were a formidable battery led by former Major League catcher and San Francisco Giants player, Steve Decker who was entering his first season as skipper of the Grizzlies.
Later during the 2010 season, Posey (who became the Giants’ starting catcher) and Bumgarner (now a mature 21 year-old World Series game winner) were called up to the “Show” and as they say, the rest is history. Both players had a huge impact on helping the San Francisco Giants win their first World Series championship since moving to San Francisco.
During media day in April, at Chukchansi Park in Fresno, home of the Fresno Grizzlies, I had the opportunity to speak with Decker, Bumgarner and Posey about their health, fitness and training regimens.
Steve Decker, Manager – Fresno Grizzlies:
Madison Bumgarner, Pitcher – Fresno Grizzlies:
Buster Posey, Catcher – Fresno Grizzlies: