30-Year-Old Catcher – San Francisco Giants
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Posey had an underwhelming season -- by his standards -- in 2016. While his production was still good enough to rank in the top five among all catchers, he produced below the standard he set from 2012...
Buster Posey Contract Information:
Agreed to a nine-year, $167 million contract with the Giants in March of 2013, which includes a team option for 2022.
Posey will return to Giants' camp after playing for Team United States in the 2017 World Baseball Classic.
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|Sep. 18||StL||Did not play.|
|Sep. 5||@Col||Did not play.|
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|Last 14 Games||49||4||12||1||0||1||12||7||8||0||1||0||2||0||.245||.328||.327||.655|
|Last 30 Games||113||11||29||4||1||2||18||11||15||0||1||0||2||1||.257||.317||.363||.680|
Buster Posey: MLB Games Played By Position
Buster Posey Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
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Buster Posey Defensive Stats
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2016 Stat Review for Buster Posey As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.
Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.
SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
2017 Projected Stats Breakdown for Buster Posey
2017 projections compared to top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
2017 projections compared to top 40 catchers in 2016 (min 225 PA)
San Francisco Giants Roster
MajorsBelt, Brandon (1B)
AAAArroyo, Christian (3B)
AAGage, Matt (P)
A+Agosta, Martin (P)
ACabrera, Gustavo (OF)
RookieAdon, Melvin (P)
Buster Posey: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Another year, another All-Star performance from Posey. He ranked first among all catchers in batting average (.318), RBI (95), OBP (.379), SLG (.470), OPS (.849) and WAR (6.1). Those who paid the steep price for him on draft day were rewarded with the best fantasy catcher in the game, especially in leagues that factor in OBP and SLG. He is able to sustain his elite performance with a less-than-intimidating supporting cast due to his patience at the plate (47.9 swing%) and high contact rate (88.0 contact%) when he does decide to swing. The knock on drafting top-tier catchers is the fact that they need a certain number of off days for rest. That isn't necessarily the case for Posey, who receives his "off days" playing first base, allowing manager Bruce Bochy to keep his legs fresh and his bat in the lineup. At age 28, there are no signs of him slowing down, and Posey should be treated as the top catcher in fantasy yet again.
While Posey did not quite rebound to an MVP level in 2014, he returned more rotisserie value than any catcher and finished sixth in the NL MVP voting. Posey has displayed remarkable durability since his freak injury in 2011, appearing in at least 147 games each of the last three seasons, and he didn't hit below .250 in any month of the 2014 campaign. He struggled in the postseason (.558 OPS) and especially in the World Series (4-for-26), but Posey was one of the main reasons why the Giants earned a wild card birth in the first place, and of course San Francisco won it all regardless. Against right-handers, Posey hit .314/.366/.478, up from .283/.362/.431 a year before, and he was red-hot down the stretch in the regular season, finishing with a .978 OPS in the second half. Sure, his walk rate was down more than two percent (from 10.1% to 7.8%), but Posey again improved his strikeout rate (to 11.4%) and has proven to be an extremely consistent offensive contributor. He'll be just 28 at the start of the 2015 campaign and is still the clear choice for first catcher off the board.
Posey didn't put up numbers close to his MVP season in 2012, but he still produced at an elite level for catchers in 2013. After posting a .325 average coupled with 13 homers and 56 RBI in the first half, many thought he could repeat his numbers from 2012. But that wasn't the case as Posey completely disappeared in the second half, hitting just .244 with just two home runs and 16 RBI after the All-Star break. There was no apparent injury to report with Posey, and he actually improved his BB/K (0.96) in the second half, so it is tough to pinpoint what exactly went wrong with the All-Star catcher. Despite his second-half struggles, Posey will remain one of the most consistent options at catcher in 2014.
The 25-year-old catcher won the NL MVP award after missing most of 2011 with a leg injury, and vastly improved his overall offensive production. His 162 wRC+ was tied for second best in baseball, and there is no significant flaw in his offensive game despite lacking speed. Posey made more contact (6.0 percent swinging-strike rate), improved his plate discipline (career best 11.3 percent walk rate) and posted a career-best .213 ISO and 18.8 percent HR/FB rate at a premium position. Behind the plate, Posey is still considered above average with a good arm, and looks as if he has slightly improved at first base.
Posey suffered a season-ending leg injury in May thanks to a brutal collision at the plate, so his follow up to his Rookie of the Year campaign came to a premature end. He wasn't playing as well as he did in 2010 before going down, and while the big drop came in slugging percentage (.505 compared to .389), his OBP was actually up (.357 to .368). The injury was gruesome (broken fibula and severely strained ligaments), and there's concern about his long-term ability to catch, but he suffered it early enough in the season for him to be expected to be fully ready for 2012. Posey has terrific work ethic, and his bat is for real, so he should be one of the first five catchers off the board during fantasy drafts.
After Posey showed he had nothing left to prove in the minors by hitting .349/.442/.552 over 172 at-bats in Triple-A last season, the Giants finally promoted him in late May, and he stayed with the big club for good. He posted an .862 OPS with strong plate discipline, winning National League Rookie of the Year honors in the process. Posey's 18 homers were the second most by a catcher in the NL, and he did it in just 406 at-bats. He also got rave reviews for his work behind the plate, and don't forget he's still just 24. Posey doesn't have the benefit of the DH during his off days catching, and his home park typically suppresses homers, but he's one of the best young hitters in the game and is locked in the middle of San Francisco's lineup. With his natural ability to hit for average combined with his developing power, there's an argument Posey should be the first catcher off the board in fantasy leagues.
Posey hit .325 with 18 homers, 84 runs scored and 80 RBI over 422 at-bats during his first real stint in the minors last year. He also showed good plate discipline (68:62 K:BB ratio) and more than held his own as a 22-year-old in Triple-A (.902 OPS), as heís been put on the fast track. Since he was given just 17 at-bats with the Giants, itís unclear why the team called him up at all, other than to prematurely start his arbitration clock. Posey is clearly one of the best prospects in all of baseball, but heís not ready for a full-time gig behind the plate in the majors. He could enter 2010 with the Giants with a big spring training, but Posey will likely share catching duties with a veteran in San Francisco if heís not getting more seasoning in the minors.
Posey was awarded the Golden Spikes Award as the top amateur player in 2008. He led the nation in batting average (.472), on-base percentage (.572) and slugging percentage (.908) in his junior season at Florida State. The fifth overall pick in last yearís draft, Posey immediately became one of baseballís best prospects. The former shortstop should be able to handle catching duties, and his bat is for real. Posey is worthy of a high pick in keeper leagues and should be starting in San Francisco by 2010.