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3/27/1987 (29 y, 11 m)
2008 June Amateur Draft - Round: 1, Pick: 5, Overall: 5, Team: San Francisco Giants
$167M / 9 Years (2013 - 2021) + 1 Option Years
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You can't ask for much more from a rookie. Posey reignited the Giants' offensive, while producing a personal triple-slash line of .305/.357/.505 in 406 at-bats. He also guided the talented pitching staff to a World Series title. Heading into 2011, Posey has the full-time gig all to himself as backup Eli Whiteside should not see much time behind the dish. Posey is one of few catchers that has a legitimate shot to hit .300 and provide 20+ homers. With a full season in a run-producing spot in the lineup, he should drive in 80+ runs -- and that number would be even better if he had more talent around him. If Aubrey Huff can have another solid season and Pablo Sandoval rebounds, Posey's numbers will be on the upswing. He's a top mixed-league target at the backstop position. (Marc Hulet)
The Quick Opinion:
With Posey you're getting a catcher who will play a lot of games while providing above-average offensive numbers at a young age. He's the real deal and there is no reason to fear the sophomore slump with this player.
Posey seemed well on his way to at least duplicating the levels of production from his 2010 Rookie of the Year season until a late-May home plate collision resulting in a broken leg ended the season for the Giants backstop. He has since been in recovery, was participating in catcher drills by the end of September and is expected to be back at full strength by the start of spring training in 2012. His raw talent and ability have never been in question and with an ever-improving level of plate discipline, his overall numbers are only going to get better. Remember, he’ll be just 25 come the start of the season. Also, the Giants will give him some much needed rest from behind the plate and start him at first base so he’ll have dual eligibility which is always a bonus. Consider Posey a top-five fantasy catcher in 2012. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Posey is expected to make a full recovery from the broken leg he suffered last season and will be the Giants primary backstop this year. Offensive expectations are similar to the level of production from his rookie year, so a .300 average and 20 home runs are a strong possibility. Time spent at first will increase his position eligibility and he remains a top-five fantasy catcher in 2012.
Very few players begin their playing careers the way Posey has since his major league debut in 2009, and the ones that have are certainly mainstays in the discussion of first-ballot Hall of Famers. Among the hardware in his possession right now over less than three full seasons are two World Series rings, a Rookie of the Year Award, one National League batting title, an NL Comeback Player of the Year award and one NL MVP. Even more impressive are the numbers he put up in 2012 when you realize the brutal leg injury he suffered less than a third of the way through the 2011 season. He posted a slash line of .336/.408/.549 with 24 home runs and 103 RBI with a double-digit walk rate and a better-than-average strikeout rate. His first half was impressive enough, as he batted .289 with 10 home runs and 43 RBI, but his second half was downright nasty -- .385 with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 16 fewer at-bats. Given his skill set, the fact that he also plays first base which gives him more at-bats than your average catcher, and that he's just entering his age-26 season, it's hard to imagine anything less from him in 2013. (Howard Bender)
The Quick Opinion:
Posey hits for both power and average, has an above-average walk rate, a better-than-average strikeout rate and possesses a career slash line of .314/.380/.503 with a .379 wOBA. He will be the first catcher off the board in every fantasy draft and will be worth every penny you pay for him. Draft with extreme confidence.
Posey was being taken in the first round of many drafts in 2013, and in the first half of the season, his production justified the pick. The Giants' catcher entered the break hitting .325/.395/.536 with 13 home runs, 56 RBI, and 38 runs scored. The second half was a complete opposite as he hit just .244/.333/.310 with two home runs, 16 RBI, and 23 runs scored. In a standard 12 team mixed 5x5 league format, Posey's final dollar value placed him sixth among catchers behind Mike Napoli, Wilin Rosario, Jonathan Lucroy, Yadier Molina, and Carlos Santana. His plate discipline did not taper off in the second half, but his ability to drive the ball did. He hit fewer fly balls in the second half and more ground balls -- as his lower half failed him from a high rate of playing time. A player needs his legs to hit for power, but Posey played 121 games at catcher and 148 overall. Only Matt Wieters played as many overall games as Posey, and he too had issues in the second half. Last season, despite reducing his strikeouts, his isolated power fell 57 points. That is his lowest rate in his three seasons where he has had at least 400 plate appearances. On the plus side, Posey retains his dual-position eligibility in 2014 but it would be helpful if the Giants could give him more time at first base and less time behind the dish. (Jason Collette)
The Quick Opinion:
Last season, despite reducing his strikeouts, his isolated power fell in the second half. The overall number ws his lowest rate in his three seasons where he has had at least 400 plate appearances. On the plus side, Posey retains his dual-position eligibility in 2014 but it would be helpful if the Giants could give him more time at first base and less time behind the dish.
Aside from the second half of 2013, Posey has been the best fantasy catcher for three years running. His poor performance post All-Star break two years ago was blamed on the rigors of catching. Posey did top 1,000 innings behind the plate in 2013, so it's possible he was just overworked. But he caught 900+ innings in the year prior and the year after, so it's possible something else was going on. Either way, Posey didn't suffer from a second half slump last year and finished the year as the most productive fantasy catcher. At some point age will catch up with him, but he's still well on the right side of 30, and there's really nothing indicating that he's in line for regression. If you don't adhere to the "wait on catcher" theory, your best bet in the early rounds at the position is Posey. (
The Quick Opinion:
The Giants lightened Posey's load behind the plate last year, and he managed to avoid a second half slump like the one he had in 2013. He's still on the right side of 30, and there are no real signs that regression is imminent. If you don't like to wait on catcher, there's no safer bet at the position in the early rounds than Posey.
The San Francisco Giants kept a watchful eye on Buster Posey's workload in an effort to keep him on the field as much as possible, and they managed to eek another 150 games out of him -- the most he's played as a professional in a season. He didn't crack 20 home runs, but he hit a very Posey-esque .318/.379/.470, which is exactly what owners ought to have expected when drafting him. After a scorching June, there was a troubling power outage over the last couple of months, in which his isolated slugging percentage dipped to .114 in the second half (his ISO was .221 in the second half of 2014). Almost certainly fatigue was a factor, but Posey will still just be 29 when the season starts in 2016, so he's not so long in the tooth that it should give you much pause. Draft him with confidence. (Michael Barr)
The Quick Opinion:
Buster Posey continued to be the best catcher in fantasy baseball, and as long as he's healthy, he's likely to wear that badge again in 2016.
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