|Profile: The most stable of catchers finally stumbled. Posey clearly missed the league's home run surge memo, as he hit the fewest long balls over a full season in his career and posted a HR/FB that slid into the single digits for the first time. His BABIP also fell to a career low, despite a similar batted ball profile to his career marks. There is good news about his power -- his average fly ball and line drive exit velocity actually jumped, while other power relevant metrics remained relatively steady. He'll need to push his fly ball rate back above 30% to once again flirt with the 20-homer plateau, but his HR/FB rate should absolutely rebound. Since he may now come cheaper than he has in years, he may actually be a profitable investment for a change. (Mike Podhorzer)|
The Quick Opinion: Sure, Posey posted the worst wOBA of his career, but with generally stable underlying skills all around, this seems like more a fluke than the beginning of decline. Then again, catchers have a shorter life span, so you can never be sure, but bet on a rebound.