Buster Posey, one year removed from his 2011 Rookie of the Year and World series championship with the San Francisco Giants found himself laying on in the dirt at home plate surrounded by trainers and coaches. An injured left leg and a lost season would end up being the result for Buster Posey. A lost starting catcher would be the result for Fantasy Baseball owners around the world.
Buster Posey now says he is healthy and he is ready to go for 2012. Fantasy owners might be a little skeptical to pick him up right away before seeing how his injury affects his performance. Injuries to the legs don’t historically affect baseball players as much as shoulder and elbow injuries do, like his teammate Freddy Sanchez is going to have to try to return from this year. Legs do help generate power in a batter’s swing which could possibly bring down his homerun total from the 18 he had as a rookie.
In 2011 he busted onto the scene in San Francisco when he batted .305 (second among catchers behind Joe Mauer) with 18 homeruns and 67 runs batted in (both in the top 5 of all rookies). He kept those numbers up on a way to a World Series championship batting .288 with 1 homerun and 5 RBI’s with the home run coming in the World Series to go a long with a .300 batting average.
In the 45 games played in the 2011 season Posey was batting a respectable .284 average with 4 HR’s and 21 RBI’s. After missing the rest of the season, watching his team become a very injury plagued team in 2011, and watching his team lose control of the NL West to the Arizona Diamondbacks, Posey comes into this season with something to play for. A lot of players have sophomore slumps, especially after the year Posey had as a rookie, where they come in with a different attitude and perhaps lose some work ethic due to a ‘big head.’ Well, we never really got to see how that played out for Posey in full, though it didn’t look like he was in a slump, his numbers were a little down but still reasonable for a big league catcher.
Now two seasons removed from hoisting the trophy, Posey can come into this season as more of a question mark and a player floating under the radar. He is currently ranked 5th on major sites for catchers in Fantasy Baseball Games. Not a bad ranking to start off the year but he could come up bigger than that, especially with Victor Martinez shelved for the year with a torn ACL. Mike Napoli should repeat his dominant 2011 performance as well as players like Carlos Santana, Brian McCann and Joe Mauer, who I believe his going to have a huge bounce back year after missing half of the games last season with his own injuries.
I see Posey ending the year ranked third behind Napoli and Joe Mauer when the season comes to an end. Keep your eye on Posey and Mauer when spring training comes around. Spring Training is a good opportunity to see how players with injuries come back into playing shape and a good way to see how they are responding.
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