Buster Posey Should Play More First Base For San Francisco Giants
There have been very few catchers over the last few seasons that have been as good as Buster Posey. Posey has won two World Series titles in his three full seasons with the San Francisco Giants and had a career year in 2012 with 24 home runs, 103 RBI and a .336 batting average. While I think the average will regress some in 2013, the biggest factor for Posey is staying healthy. When Posey got hurt in 2011, the team didn’t make the playoffs so Posey’s health has to be one of the top things on the list of ways San Francisco can repeat as champions.
Posey is a great defensive catcher as well with just eight errors last season but when he is hitting cleanup for the Giants with a lackluster crew around him that is when Posey becomes dangerous. The Giants aren’t much besides Posey and Pablo Sandoval offensively so both of them have to be hitting well throughout the whole season with no major valleys. With the rigors of catching 100-120 games a season, that could hurt Posey’s hitting unless the Giants move him to first base more.
Posey played 29 games at first base in 2012 and I think the number needs to be closer to 50 this season while catching 100 games. With this scenario, Posey saves himself some from the constant bumps and bruises of being an everyday catcher. That could only help his offensive numbers grow even more as well as I think Posey will hit 30 home runs this year. This could turn into another World Series year for San Francisco.