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Birth Date3-27-1987
Height6' 1"
Weight215 lbs
Age30 years, 10 months, 24 days
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8.22014
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2009 SFN 22 7 17 17 1 2 0 0 0 2 0 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 .118 .118 .118 .196 -0.4 -0.1 -0.0
2010 SFN 23 108 443 406 58 124 23 2 18 205 30 55 4 3 0 67 0 2 .305 .357 .505 .312 37.5 6.1 4.6
2011 SFN 24 45 185 162 17 46 5 0 4 63 18 30 4 1 0 21 3 0 .284 .368 .389 .274 9.3 4.5 1.5
2012 SFN 25 148 610 530 78 178 39 1 24 291 69 96 2 9 0 103 1 1 .336 .408 .549 .346 70.8 21.3 9.7
2013 SFN 26 148 595 520 61 153 34 1 15 234 60 70 8 7 0 72 2 1 .294 .371 .450 .296 38.3 18.6 6.2
2014 SFN 27 147 605 547 72 170 28 2 22 268 47 69 3 8 89 0 1 .311 .364 .490 .316 48.9 25.6 8.2
2015 SFN 28 150 623 557 74 177 28 0 19 262 56 52 3 7 0 95 2 0 .318 .379 .470 .320 55.8 16.3 7.7
2016 SFN 29 146 614 539 82 155 33 2 14 234 64 68 3 8 0 80 6 1 .288 .362 .434 .289 40.5 33.8 7.7
2017 SFN 30 140 568 494 62 158 34 0 12 228 61 66 8 5 0 67 6 1 .320 .400 .462 .312 50.3 7.4 5.8
Career10394260377250511632248128178740551035480594207.308.376.474.311351.0133.551.3

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2008 SLO A- 3 14 .319 .259 .339 .345 .255 .273 107 0.9 0.4 0.1 0.1 0.0 1.4 0.1 1.4 0.1
2008 GIA Rk 7 31 .382 .269 .355 .395 .274 .429 95 5 1.1 0.1 -0.1 -0.2 6.0 0.6 6.0 0.6
2009 SFN MLB 7 17 .196 .224 .297 .345 .235 .154 82 -1.2 0.5 0.3 -0.1 0.0 -0.4 -0.0 -0.4 -0.0
2009 SJO A+ 80 346 .355 .266 .341 .408 .271 .352 98 34.1 9.9 3.6 6.5 -2.2 45.4 5.3 45.4 5.3
2009 FRE AAA 35 151 .316 .267 .338 .410 .266 .359 97 9.3 4.4 2.5 -1.1 -1.7 14.5 1.3 14.5 1.3
2010 SFN MLB 108 443 .312 .252 .318 .394 .261 .315 91 23.6 12.2 3.2 6.1 -1.6 37.5 4.6 37.5 4.6
2010 FRE AAA 47 208 .341 .279 .353 .428 .271 .397 99 18.8 6.3 1.3 10.1 -2.5 24.0 3.3 24.0 3.3
2011 SFN MLB 45 185 .274 .256 .322 .401 .266 .326 92 2.6 5.0 2.7 4.5 -1.0 9.3 1.5 9.3 1.5
2012 SFN MLB 148 610 .346 .256 .315 .403 .259 .368 94 51.9 16.7 5.8 21.3 -3.6 70.8 9.7 70.8 9.7
2013 SFN MLB 148 595 .296 .253 .314 .391 .257 .312 100 20.7 15.6 6.5 18.6 -4.5 38.3 6.2 38.3 6.2
2014 SFN MLB 147 605 .316 .252 .309 .385 .257 .319 97 31.7 15.6 5 25.6 -3.5 48.9 8.2 48.9 8.2
2015 SFN MLB 150 623 .320 .258 .318 .409 .265 .320 92 36.4 16.8 4.3 16.3 -1.8 55.8 7.7 55.8 7.7
2016 SFN MLB 146 614 .289 .255 .320 .412 .264 .303 94 18.4 17.4 8 33.8 -3.3 40.5 7.7 40.5 7.7
2017 SFN MLB 140 568 .312 .249 .318 .417 .261 .347 90 31 16.6 4.2 7.4 -1.5 50.3 5.8 50.3 5.8

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 GIA Rk 31 8 10 3 1 1 4 5 4 0 0 .385 .484 .692 .308 .382 6.0 -0.1 0.6
2008 SLO A- 14 2 3 2 0 0 2 3 0 0 0 .273 .429 .455 .182 .319 1.4 0.1 0.1
2009 FRE AAA 151 21 42 8 1 5 22 17 23 0 1 .321 .399 .511 .191 .316 14.5 -1.1 1.3
2009 SJO A+ 346 63 95 23 0 13 58 45 45 6 0 .326 .430 .540 .213 .355 45.4 6.5 5.3
2009 SFN MLB 17 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 4 0 0 .118 .118 .118 .000 .196 -0.4 -0.1 -0.0
2010 FRE AAA 208 31 60 13 2 6 32 28 30 1 1 .349 .451 .552 .203 .341 24.0 10.1 3.3
2010 SFN MLB 443 58 124 23 2 18 67 30 55 0 2 .305 .357 .505 .200 .312 37.5 6.1 4.6
2011 SFN MLB 185 17 46 5 0 4 21 18 30 3 0 .284 .368 .389 .105 .274 9.3 4.5 1.5
2012 SFN MLB 610 78 178 39 1 24 103 69 96 1 1 .336 .408 .549 .213 .346 70.8 21.3 9.7
2013 SFN MLB 595 61 153 34 1 15 72 60 70 2 1 .294 .371 .450 .156 .296 38.3 18.6 6.2
2014 SFN MLB 605 72 170 28 2 22 89 47 69 0 1 .311 .364 .490 .179 .316 48.9 25.6 8.2
2015 SFN MLB 623 74 177 28 0 19 95 56 52 2 0 .318 .379 .470 .153 .320 55.8 16.3 7.7
2016 SFN MLB 614 82 155 33 2 14 80 64 68 6 1 .288 .362 .434 .147 .289 40.5 33.8 7.7
2017 SFN MLB 568 62 158 34 0 12 67 61 66 6 1 .320 .400 .462 .142 .312 50.3 7.4 5.8

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2009 65 0.4923 0.4615 0.7667 0.5938 0.3333 0.8421 0.6364 0.2333 30 -0.001890
2010 1690 0.5148 0.4639 0.8189 0.6529 0.2634 0.8662 0.6944 0.1811 759 -0.003328
2011 717 0.5146 0.3989 0.8112 0.5745 0.2126 0.8396 0.7297 0.1888 350 -0.004159
2012 2579 0.4882 0.4180 0.8340 0.5766 0.2667 0.8788 0.7415 0.1660 1250 -0.006448
2013 2380 0.4870 0.4000 0.8550 0.5720 0.2367 0.9050 0.7405 0.1450 1203 -0.009270
2014 2273 0.4853 0.4470 0.8465 0.6174 0.2863 0.9090 0.7194 0.1535 1044 -0.003238
2015 2146 0.4688 0.4781 0.8655 0.6958 0.2860 0.9143 0.7607 0.1345 946 -0.004019
2016 2265 0.4742 0.4706 0.8593 0.6657 0.2947 0.9119 0.7521 0.1407 0 0.000000
2017 2070 0.4681 0.4285 0.8410 0.6563 0.2280 0.8868 0.7251 0.1590 0 0.000000
Career161850.48450.44020.84460.62810.26410.89410.73430.1554743.0107-0.0039

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-09-26 2014-09-27 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Tightness -
2014-08-20 2014-08-21 DTD 1 1 Left Hip Soreness -
2014-05-29 2014-06-01 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Soreness -
2014-05-20 2014-05-22 DTD 2 2 - Low Back Nerve Injury Nerve Irritation - -
2014-04-18 2014-04-18 DTD 0 0 - Shoulder Contusion Foul Ball - -
2014-03-26 2014-03-27 Camp 1 0 - Thigh Soreness Hamstring - -
2013-09-04 2013-09-08 DTD 4 4 Right Fingers Fracture - -
2013-07-30 2013-07-31 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness - -
2012-08-22 2012-08-24 DTD 2 2 Right Thigh Tightness Hamstring - -
2012-04-11 2012-04-12 DTD 1 1 - General Medical Illness Shingles - -
2011-07-22 2011-07-22 On-Alr 0 0 Left Ankle Surgery Screw Removal 2011-07-22 -
2011-05-26 2011-09-29 60-DL 126 114 Left Ankle Surgery Fracture and Ligament 2011-05-29
2011-05-12 2011-05-13 DTD 1 1 Head Not Disclosed Took Several Fouls Off Facemask -
2010-10-09 2010-10-10 DTD 1 0 Trunk Contusion Player Collision -
2010-08-28 2010-08-30 DTD 2 2 Left Forearm Strain -
2010-06-24 2010-06-24 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Soreness Dealing with for Season -
2009-06-27 2009-07-02 Minors 5 0 Head Contusion -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2022 SFN $3,000,000
2021 SFN $22,177,778
2020 SFN $22,177,778
2019 SFN $22,177,778
2018 SFN $22,177,778
2017 SFN $22,177,778
2016 SFN $20,777,778
2015 SFN $17,277,778
2014 SFN $11,277,777
2013 SFN $3,777,777
2012 SFN $615,000
2011 SFN $575,000
2010 SFN $400,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
8 yrPrevious$76,878,888
2018Current$22,177,778
9 yrPvs + Cur$99,056,666
4 yrFuture$69,533,334
13 yrTotal$168,590,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
7 y 161 dJeff Berry9 years/$167M (2013-21), 2022 option

Details
  • 9 years/$167M (2013-21), plus 2022 club option. Signed extension with San Francisco 3/29/13, replacing 1 year/$8M deal signed 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration). $7M signing bonus ($5M paid 10/15/13, $2M paid 1/15/14). 13:$3M, 14:$10.5M, 15:$16.5M, 16:$20M, 17:$21.4M, 18:$21.4M, 19:$21.4M, 20:$21.4M, 21:$21.4M, 22:$22M club option, $3M buyout. Full no-trade clause. Award bonuses: $0.1M each for MVP, WS MVP. $75,000 for LCS MVP. $50,000 for Gold Glove, Silver Slugger, All-Star election. $25,000 for All-Star selection.
  • 1 year/$0.615M (2012). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/9/12.
  • 1 year/$0.575M (2011). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/11.
  • 1 year (2010). Re-signed by San Francisco 3/10.
  • 1 year (2009). Contract purchased by San Francisco 9/2/09.
  • Drafted by San Francisco 2008 (1-5) (Florida State). Signed 8/15/08, $6.2M signing bonus (record at signing).

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .315 .391 .506 .324
11 vs R (Multi) .295 .359 .436 .295
18 Split (Multi) -.021 -.032 -.070 -.029
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .312 .409 .490 .324
31 vs R (2016) .277 .341 .411 .274
38 Split (2016) -.035 -.067 -.079 -.049
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2017-03-17 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good "could? Austin Hedges be if he is Hunter Renfroe at catcher? Which is not the craziest of outcomes at this point...
(Jim from SD)
That is basically power over hit Buster Posey so... (Jeffrey Paternostro)
2016-08-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Wilson Contrares- next year, 130 games, .280, 15hrs ??? Eventual all-star??
(Dave from Pa)
Willson Contreras is my favorite rookie in 2016. I think you're overestimating how many games he'll play - I think it'll be a bit less. Regardless, .260 with 15 HRs with improving defense is a reasonable expectation. Not sure about All-Star, considering the ridiculous voting process and the existence of Buster Posey, but who knows. In an age of pretty boring catchers (let's face it), Contreras is a pleasant surprise. (Will Haines)
2016-06-16 21:00:00 (link to chat)Contreras called up, I just traded Buster Posey for Julio Urias in my dynasty league. Did I jump the gun? Prospects carry crazy value in my league.
(Greg from Toledo)
You absolutely jumped the gun. Sorry. (Bret Sayre)
2016-06-23 14:00:00 (link to chat)Despite probably still solidly being the best catcher, Buster Posey hasn't really been Buster Posey. Should we be worried?
(stickman from Lost)
Buster Posey entered today ranking tenth in the game in position player WARP. I think everything should be fine and dandy. (Nicolas Stellini)
2016-03-09 19:00:00 (link to chat)I've been holding on to Andrew Susac as my catcher of the future. Now that he's no longer eligible to be placed on my minor league roster, would you dump him for Andrew Knapp?
(Crash from Durham)
Sure. There seem to be no plans to move Buster Posey to first in the near future and even with Posey playing 20-30 games at first, Susac is blocked. I'm not a big Knapp fan either, but what the hey? (Mike Gianella)
2016-02-03 20:00:00 (link to chat)If both careers ended right now, whose would you rather have, Tim Lincecum or Buster Posey? 2x Cy Young,2 other top 10 finishes, and 3x WS winner, vs RoY, 1x Comeback, 1x Hank Aaron, 2x Silver Slugger, 1x MVP, and 3x WS winner?
(Alex from CA)
Fascinating question. Just looked up their WARP and we have Posey at 38 and Lincecum at 21. If Lincecum had the edge in WS to go along with those two Cys, I might go that way, but he doesn't. (Greg Wellemeyer)
2014-06-05 14:00:00 (link to chat)Why might the Giants deviate from their usual MO of drafting a pitcher with such a high pick? The only time in the last 20 years have they selected a position player when selecting 14th or higher was Buster Posey in 2008.
(Matt from Fresno)
Depends on who is available and what they are looking to get out of the pick. While "draft best available" is a mantra you will hear repeated, teams often manipulate their boards to match 1) org needs, and 2) player profiles the org is good at developing. That's a general statement, which is not true of all teams, but as a overarching matter is accurate. College bats, HS arms, and college arms all strong possibilities as far as excellent value in that 14 spot. (Draft Day Chat with Nick J. Faleris)
2014-06-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Blake Swihart the next Buster Posey (when Posey was good)?
(The Real Henry from Boston)
Nope. Though he's getting a lot of love in the #BPTop50. (Ron Shah)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Thoughts on Buster Posey? Not that he has underwhelmed but he certainly hasn't overwhelmed. Is a big second half coming or was last year an outlier?
(Tom from Texas)
Last year's second half was a huge outlier (and would be for almost anyone), but he's still pretty easily the best catcher around. (Paul Sporer)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Say what about Buster Posey?
(Yadier Molina from Top of MVP Ballots)
I didn't stutter, Yadi. You're awesome, but I'm still taking Posey as the #1 C. (Paul Sporer)
2013-02-27 20:00:00 (link to chat)How long would you wait on a catcher after Buster Posey is gone?
(Joe from Chicago)
I'd probably wait until the fourth or fifth round. I don't see a particularly big impact guy after Posey, and there is a little more depth at the position than I have seen in the past. Don't reach and cheat yourself out of stats at another position. (Mike Gianella)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)Drafted Buster Posey ($8), Yu Darvish ($10), Yoenis Cespedes ($2), Jayson Heyward ($16), Adam Jones ($19), Adam Wainwright ($23) and Sergio Romo ($1). Get to keep 4, values increase by $3 this year. Definitely keeping Posey, Darvish & Cespedes, so who should be the 4th? I'm leaning towards Heyward.
(Steve from Milwaukee)
Can you send an AJ Bombers burger in the mail to me, please? I'm keeping Posey, Darvish, Cespedes, and Heyward. (Jason Collette)
2013-03-08 13:00:00 (link to chat)thanks for the chat, do you think this is the year Carlos Santana breaks out and becomes the top catcher in baseball?
(James from Portland)
Thanks for being a part of it, James. Your fine city needs to open its library on Mondays. Then again, Powell's makes up for a lot. As for Santana, I don't see him overtaking Buster Posey, but he's still a stud... much more useful to the Indians than Casey Blake, anyway. (Geoff Young)
2012-11-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Jesus Montero any real impediment to Mike Zunino becoming the Mariners every day catcher for the next 5 to 10 years?
(Paul from DC)
Montero will hit enough, but his throwing mechanics and footwork lack. His feet aren't quick enough to dream he can be average or better. He'll be the DH or perhaps a first baseman at some point. Very little catching is in his future. Zunino is just a stud. Not Buster Posey, but he's not as far off as some scouts believed in June. (Jason A. Churchill)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Geoff. I'm wondering if the new interleague schedule will have any effect on line-up construction? Will guys, like Buster Posey, benefit from the new format by being able to DH and get a day off behind the plate throughout the season? Will this have any effect, and, if so, is it enough to make a difference?
(FletchLives from Wisconsin)
Hi Fletch, love the hair. My gut reaction is to think that it might help a guy like Posey. But the DH role is funny. He's in the lineup but he's not actually playing baseball, and some people are better at waiting for their next at-bat than others. Jesus Montero, for example, hit two-thirds of his homers as a catcher last year despite getting 90 more PA as a DH. So I think it depends on the individual. If you find the right guy, then it could help. The downside - and this is the other issue with NL teams and the DH (hello, Ryan Theriot) - is that you could hurt yourself by putting Posey into a role where he is less likely to succeed *and* having Hector Sanchez in the lineup. The short version is, I don't think it will make a difference, although it will be interesting to see if some NL teams start carrying a guy who has experience in the DH role to try and gain an advantage there. (Geoff Young)
2012-10-23 13:00:00 (link to chat)Was Buster Posey dropping a #want the highlight of your career?
(DEbner315 from Syracuse)
No. (Jason Parks)
2012-10-11 13:00:00 (link to chat)Consider it broken open.
(Colin Wyers from Davenport, IA)
Good golly Miss Molly, Buster Posey grand slam. Latos is not having a good day, is he. (Colin Wyers)
2012-10-01 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who else did you consider for Comeback Player of the (fantasy) year besides Buster Posey, and what made him your choice?
(Adam from Dunnville)
I tend to think of a Comeback Player of the year as someone who actually came back from an injury, not someone who bounced back from a down year. A player rebounding from a down year is more of a bounce back player of the year, and Adam Dunn would be a deserving recipient of that award. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-08-14 14:00:00 (link to chat)If you had to choose between Buster Posey and Joe Mauer based on their careers to date plus their futures, who would you take?
(Klochner from MN)
Both are amazing players, but I'll take Posey. Mauer has had two seasons where he has slugged over .500 and he's 29 now. Posey has the same number and he's 25. 25! I'm not sure people talk enough about how amazing Buster Posey is.

Looking at where your question is from though I'm assuming that's not the answer you were hoping for. I think Mauer is bound for a 1B/C/DH kind of hybrid guy after Morneau's contract ends in 2013. You just don't see catchers as big as Mauer catch into their mid to late 30s and with Mauer's bat the Twins are going to want to keep him as healthy as they can. (Matthew Kory)
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank the top 5 catchers for the rest of 2012 in an obp league?
(Jim from NY)
1- Buster Posey
2- Joe Mauer
3- Yadier Molina
4- Brian McCann
5- Mike Napoli

Miguel Montero and Matt Wieters could easily jump into the mix. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-03-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is Buster Posey going to be a catcher long-term, or is the switch to 1B/OF inevitable?
(Hollandaise Honcho from LA)
If I had my way, health would be the only thing that would move him away from catcher, and it'd have to be an issue that truly prevents him from catching. I'm open to him filling in at first base to rest his legs on occasion, but enough of his value is tied into catching that I wouldn't move him from there unless I really had to. (Daniel Rathman)
2012-02-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would you rather have for 2012 -- Matt Wieters, Carlos Santana or Buster Posey?
(lukejackson10 from Baltimore )
Assuming we're talking fantasy, I'd say Santana, who has demonstrated the most power as well as the versatility to stay in the lineup when he's not catching. I prefer Posey as a receiver if we're talking about real-world applications, though. (Jay Jaffe)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)I am trippin out right now about the Buster Posey situation. Are the Giants in serious trouble? Should Buster be converted to another position? He was a shortstop as a freshman at FSU I believe. Why limit him to first base where Aubrey Huff is holding it down. I think because Buster is more athletic than the prototypical cathcer he just goes to hard behind the plate.
(Aceball from Reno)
Posey is more athletic than a lot of catchers and yes he did play some shortstop for the Seminoles--he also appeared at every other position during one game. Should they move him away from catching? That's hard for me to say. They knew the risks associated with catching--not just the play at the plate aspect either--and figured he was best served there, so should an incident like this change their outlook? I don't know. Maybe. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)With Buster Posey being out for the year, is there a sleeper at catcher that is worth getting? Also, gerrout.
(Toppah from Some reference that no one gets)
Depends on who is available in your league, but if you aren't opposed to trying to ride a hot hand, perhaps grab Saltalamacchia and see if his last few weeks are legitimate. He has an OPS near 900 in May. (R.J. Anderson)
2011-05-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Yes, Buster Posey has been taking hard foul balls off the mask as well. They should put Sandoval behind the plate when he gets back. He came up as a catcher. Is that possible, to go back to catching on the fly?
(Aceball from Reno)
If they felt comfortable with Sandoval behind the plate, I can't imagine they would have moved him away from catching to begin with. (R.J. Anderson)
2010-09-13 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who is your NL ROY?
(Greg27 from Atlanta)
Buster Posey. Heyward's injuries have held him back, and Posey's arrival turned the Giants into a legitimate contender in addition to his stellar play. The Giants are 15 wins above .500 when he's in the lineup, and 18 above .500 overall. (Jay Jaffe)
2010-08-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Buster Posey have a shot at NL ROY? He hasn't played as much as Garcia, but he's having a fantastic season at the plate, and pretty solid for a rook behind it.
(Gregjitsu from California)
Yes, I would think he does if he keeps it up. By the end of the year, the truncated playing time won't be as obvious. Man, if the Giants had just started the year with him instead of procrastinating over arb eligibility or whatever, they might be looking down at the Padres instead of up. (Steven Goldman)
2010-05-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Christina, with the A's sweep of the Giants, where does this leave both teams? Certainly, the Giants pitched well enough to win two of the three, but obviously, when you can only muster a single run over three games, it makes their laughable offense seem all the more hilarious.
(TLivingston from Tampa Bay)
The problem with the Giants is Brian Sabean's ongoing disconnect between the quality of the performances and the reputation of the performers. He's signed all these former All-Stars! Runs will ensue! Surely they must! That's a lot of money, so surely they surely must, surely! Ooops. I wonder if there isn't something in the water. Aubrey Huff offering to play left so that Buster Posey can play... first base? It's like having how an offense scores runs explained by creationists. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-05-25 13:00:00 (link to chat)Which of the following prospects will "miraculously" be deemed ready for the majors in a week or so: Carlos Santana, Pedro Alvarez, Stephen Strasburg, Buster Posey, Desmond Jennings?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
Stephen Strasburg, for sure. (John Perrotto)
2010-04-16 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who hangs up first? Ianetta for Bowden & Lars Anderson? Ethier for Ellsbury, Bowden & Lars? Posey for Ellsbury? Mejia & FMart for Bowden & Lars? thanks for answering
(mo from las vegas)
I think Brian Sabean gives you the quick hang-up on that one. He ain't trading Buster Posey. (Bradford Doolittle)
2010-03-18 14:00:00 (link to chat)What the heck are the Giants doing with Buster Posey?! Any idea what the plan is? Do they even have one?
(tommybones from brooklyn)
I have no idea in the world why they would consider playing him at different positions. He has a chance to be a perenial All-Star catcher. If they feel he needs more time at Class AAA, that' sfine. If they think he should switch positions, that's poor thinking. (John Perrotto)
2010-03-17 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Houston's Ed Wade is slowly crafting together another championship team in Houston like he did in Philly? I see he drafted his catcher and shortstop of the future in Castro and Meier. It's like when he was in Philly and Rolen and Rollins were drafted. Then Mr. Wade added parts over the years until he reached the top. Thoughts?
(Rube from Philly)
It was briefly fashionable in sabermetric circles to deride the acquisition of Michael Bourn, but I don't mind at all the suggestion that Wade's accumulating up-the-middle talent, and nobody's laughing quite so hard now that Bourn seems to have come into his own. The question is, having bought himself time and credibility by giving it a go with what he inherited (to little point, predictably, but he tried), will the talent he's adding arrive in time to help the core he inherited? The answer to that should be a clear 'no,' not with Roy Oswalt talking about two more years, Lance Berkman showing signs of wear, and Carlos Lee heading into his age-34 season. Instead, the challenge is going to be whether Castro and Mier are the centerpieces of the next good Astros team... which good as they might be as prospects, isn't the same as saying they've got Tulo and Buster Posey. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-02-17 16:00:00 (link to chat)What prospect are you aiming to take in your fantasy drafts this year?
(MarinerDan from SF)
For non-keeper leagues, I like Neftali Feliz, Jason Heyward, Buster Posey, Wade Davis, and Brian Matusz. Almost all of those guys will get good playing time. One deep sleeper I like okay is Mark Hamilton of the Cardinals. (Tommy Bennett)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Jason Heyward will have a full time big league job by July?
(Steve from NJ)
Will? Not sure. Should? If he is as good as the reports say he is, yes. I'm of the opinion that elite prospects shouldn't be held back as long as many are. Buster Posey comes to mind as I type. Maybe even that right-hander in DC. (David Laurila)
2010-02-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think Pedro Alvarez ceiling is?
(Will from WV)
Kevin Goldstein has him rated ahead of Desmond Jennings, Carlos Santana and Buster Posey. I think that is as good of an answer as is needed. (David Laurila)
2010-02-05 13:00:00 (link to chat)I loathe the Molina signing. Is Buster Posey the everyday catcher in San Fran by the all-star break?
(Greg27 from San Fran)
I try not to get into the head of Brian Sabean, but I should hope that this is the case. They handled the Molina thing well, all things considered. I'm not sure what else Posey needs to do in order to get himself the gig... (Marc Normandin)
2010-01-19 15:30:00 (link to chat)Bengie Molina re-signs with the Giants for 1 year. This seems like a disaster all around. Who's a worse GM, Sabean or Minaya?
(Rob from Alaska)
I think the Mets got saved from their own stupidity. Any time a team spends half its offseason chasing a guy with a .300 OBP, you really have to ask what the heck they're thinking. As for the Giants, they get a familiar face who is lame but allows them not to force Buster Posey's schedule. That's the best face I can put on the Giants' end of it, anyway. We ask some hard questions about Sabean in the Giants chapter of the annual. I'd rather have Sabean rather than Minaya, not because I think he has any great insights, but because I think Minaya not only lacks them, he's shown an astounding lack of character, particularly during the Tony Bernazard imbroglio. (Steven Goldman)
2010-01-26 14:00:00 (link to chat)Who will be the top 5 NL players who will make their major league debut in 2010?
(chaneyhey from stlouis)
Hmm, that's a toughie because it involves two variables that discount a player's expected value: likelihood of getting to the majors and expected production. We'll go with Heyward, Austin Jackson, Buster Posey, Jason Castro, and Madison Bumgarner. But that's basically an educated guess. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-11-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)Assuming the Giants could even absorb the extra payroll, would Posey & Bumgarner be too much to give up for Cabrera?
(Rob from Oakland)
Yes, especially given the cost, the surrendering of a top-tier catching prospect, and Cabrera's track record of, well, staying out of shape. It would seem to be more in their wheelhouse to revisit those Cain-Fielder discussions and see what comes from that. Given Posey's potential, the question becomes, would you rather have Bengie Molina and Miguel Cabrera or Buster Posey and either Nick Johnson or Russell Branyan? I'd spring for the latter. (Eric Seidman)
2009-11-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Who would say no to Carl Crawford for Buster Posey straight up?
(brian from Brooklyn NY)
The Giants. One year versus six. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-10-13 14:00:00 (link to chat)Best chat session ever, thanks Christina! If you are the Giants what are you looking to do this off-season? Also, presuming Molina's gone, where do you slot in Buster Posey into the offense?
(Parker from San Fran)
Fiddle, there's nary a mention of Ataturk or the invention of the stirrup's role at the Battle of Hastings, let alone any talk about the redemptive value of heavy metal. Now that'd be something, but I'll settle for baseball. ;)

They really should be in the market for a bat, because Ryan Garko's just a placeholder at first base--assuming they tender him. Perhaps they get in on Adrian Beltre or Chone Figgins, and move Sandoval to first; Figgins might be game for a move back to second, though, which would beat placing faith in Eugenio Velez. Posey and no more screwing around with not just leaving Fred Lewis be gives them enough runs and an improved defense. Spending high on the first basemen on the market isn't very attractive (Adam LaRoche) or comes with risk (Nick Johnson), so I guess I'd rather find ways to get Sandoval off of third base. (Christina Kahrl)
2009-10-09 13:30:00 (link to chat)Any thoughts on the fact that almost every highly touted catching prospect from the last few years has been a disappointment? The Texas trio, to Clement, Towles, Anderson, Walker, etc. Is there anything to learn from this, except maybe that catching is ridiculously difficult, and that there's a multi-year learning curve in the majors, regardless of minor league prowess?
(fjm(anuel) from ny)
Buster Posey says hi. Seriously, though. It's like that with most up the middle positions, even more so for catching -- it's really is both a unique, and incredibly difficult position. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-10-08 14:00:00 (link to chat)Roto question (sorry): keeper league, just dealt Rasmus/Andy LaRoche/Carlos Ruiz for Buster Posey/Gallado/Looper. Thoughts?
(Silv from NY, NY)
Stop playing with the local Girl Scout Troop. Ruiz and Looper cancel, and you're way ahead on the rest of it.

Don't ask me three questions at once. Thanks. (Not you, Silv.) (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Free Buster Posey! Viva la revolucion!
(Beau from San Francisco)
No, he likes living in Vermont. It's not a prison sentence. He's from...

Oh, wait. My mistake. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-24 14:00:00 (link to chat)Do you think Buster Posey will be the Giants opening day catcher next season? If so do you think he and the Panda could be Morneau/Maur lite?
(brianpekrul from San Francisco)
That's not a bad upside comp, although it may be a little underselling just what Joe Mauer is, how far above Posey he is. If Posey isn't the Giants' catcher next year, starting 120 times, it's a pretty big mistake. Bring back Bengie Molina if you have to, but in Jose's role. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-09-02 13:00:00 (link to chat)Buster Posey was just called up. What, if any impact, does he play on the Wild Card race? Is it too much to expect him to be an improvement over a banged up Molina?
(Brandon from SF)
I can certainly seeing him have an impact if he posts an EqA above, say, .270. The Giants are just an awful offensive team to the point that 2009 Geovany Soto might actually improve them, let alone a top-tier prospect everyone raves about. (Eric Seidman)
2009-08-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hi KG ... thanks for the chat ... Buster Posey will begin 2010 playing (position) in (city).
(dianagramr from NYC)
C, SF. (Kevin Goldstein)
2009-06-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)How good will The giants be in 2012 Thanks Steve
(Trevor from San fran)
All I can think of is references to an early Rush album, and not my favorite. Do I even have a favorite Rush album? Would I admit to it if I did? I guess I can admit to "Moving Pictures," with honorable mentions to "Permanent Waves" and "Signals," and a friendly wave to the first side of "Power Windows." There's no accounting for taste. Anyway, 2012 is a long way off, and the Giants could be good enough to make the postseason right now with a few tweaks. They presently lead the NL wild card race, but will probably require another bat to hold the spot. I don't know if they have the trading chips to get that bat... It seems like we talk about every team needing to pry Adam Dunn away from the Nats, but were the Giants to get him and stick him at first base or left field, we'd probably see them in October. What happens three years from now is hard to forecast given just how few of the current Jints are going to be important parts of that team - Sandoval, Lincecum, maybe Cain (his contract is up after 2011), and I guess we can assume Buster Posey will be there. I'm not sure about anyone else. (Steven Goldman)
2009-05-21 14:00:00 (link to chat)Is Stephen Strasburg the #1 prospect for 2010?
(Jim from D.C.)
Yes. I'm not Kevin, but I figure Jason Heyward, Neftali Feliz, Buster Posey and Justin Smoak are all in the mix. I'm almost certainly forgetting someone. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-05-04 14:00:00 (link to chat)Looking ahead to 2010, who are the prospects to watch? (assume strasberg is coming up this year)
(joyrider2001 from NYC)
Justin Smoak, Desmond Jennings, Adrian Cardenas, Brian Matusz, Buster Posey. (Joe Sheehan)
2009-04-08 15:00:00 (link to chat)Is Tony Sanchez this year's Buster Posey?
(Sully Superfan from The Cape)
The Boston College catcher is generating buzz, but no, he's not in Posey's league. (Kevin Goldstein)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableJquinton82 (NY): Heres a few topics: 1) Madison Bumgarner's missing velocity 2) First top 25 prospect to get called up, who & when? 3) The next Jimmy Rollins is...? 4) Word association - Yogi Berra ...discuss amongst yourselves

1) Either he's hurt, or he left it in his other pants. Like lost car keys, missing velocity is always in the last place you look.

2) Well, with Jason Heyward, Neftali Feliz, Brian Matusz and Alcides Escobar breaking camp, this doesn't seem like that big a deal, but I'll go with Buster Posey, May 9, after Bengie Molina sprains some fat.

3) ...taller than Rollins and hopefully blessed with a better OBP.

4) Provider of great book titles by cool people, including our own It Ain't Over 'Til It's Over and friend Emma Span's 90% of The Game Is Half Mental, which is one of this spring's funniest baseball books.

Speaking of Yogi, I read a quote the other day that was attributed to him: "In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is." Alas, that quote has also been attributed to one Johannes "Jan" L. A. van de Snepscheut, a Dutch computer scientist who taught at Caltech before bludgeoning his wife to death with an axe in 1994.

So there's a happy tale. (Jay Jaffe)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2008 asx 0 .000 0.0 97 -.000 0.0 3 .008 -.001 -0.0 0.0 0.1
2009 mlb 288 .001 0.1 196 .006 -0.3 2 -.008 -.002 0.0 -0.2 -0.1
2009 afa 0 .000 0.0 2550 -.001 1.1 53 -.131 -.010 4.6 5.7 6.5
2009 aaa 2647 -.002 -0.6 1517 -.000 0.2 18 -.008 .000 0.1 -0.4 -1.1
2010 mlb 4639 .004 2.4 2902 -.002 1.1 60 -.037 .001 1.5 5.0 6.1
2010 aaa 2496 .018 6.9 1372 -.001 0.3 25 -.019 -.001 0.3 7.6 10.1
2011 mlb 2679 .010 3.6 1764 -.001 0.3 41 -.000 .002 0.0 4.0 4.5
2012 mlb 7046 .022 20.0 4476 -.002 2.8 113 -.019 -.000 1.3 24.2 21.3
2013 mlb 7559 .017 17.7 4815 -.001 1.3 77 -.013 -.008 0.6 19.6 18.6
2014 mlb 6190 .027 21.5 3911 -.001 1.1 77 -.010 -.003 0.4 23.0 25.6
2015 mlb 6228 .014 11.6 3872 -.002 2.0 55 -.025 -.002 0.9 14.4 16.3
2016 mlb 7630 .025 26.5 4830 -.002 2.0 67 -.049 -.005 2.2 30.7 33.8
2017 mlb 5891 .002 1.8 3877 -.000 0.1 51 -.067 -.004 2.2 4.1 7.4

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PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

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