Buster Posey had an underwhelming season -- by his standards -- in 2016. While his production was still good enough to rank in the top five among all catchers, he produced below the standard he set from 2012 to 2015. His home runs, RBI and OPS all decreased from 2015, but he did hit more doubles (33) and stole a career-high six bases. The lack of RBI can be attributed to the Giants' struggles at the top of the order in the first half of the season. Missing Hunter Pence to injury for the majority of the season also removed the All-Star catcher's protection in the lineup. Posey's swing and contact rates were right in line with his career percentages, so there is no sign of a significant decline in his approach at the plate. His numbers only seem disappointing when considering his draft day price. On the bright side, his down year may result in a reduced cost heading into next year's drafts. Posey will likely see his numbers bounce this season to his previous elite levels.
Posey is not in the lineup Friday against the Padres, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Posey has played in nine straight games since coming off the DL, so it appears this is just a regular rest day for the star backstop. He should be back in the lineup for the second game of the series Saturday. Through 56 at-bats this season, Posey is sporting a healthy triple slash of .357/.446/.446.
Posey went 2-for-3 with a walk and an RBI in Tuesday's 2-1 loss to the Dodgers. With the two hits, the All-Star catcher extended his current hit streak to seven games. While he has batted .379 over that span, none of the hits have been of the extra-base variety. The 30-year-old has seen his power dip over the past couple of seasons, tallying just 14 home runs in 2016. He remains an elite offensive catcher in fantasy for his ability to generate counting stats and a solid batting average, but the days of 20-plus homers appear to be in the rear-view mirror.
Posey went 3-for-5 as the DH in Tuesday's 2-1 extra-inning win over the Royals. It was a solid return to action for Posey, who should resume catching duties in short order. The four-time All-Star is now slashing .385/.500/.577 on the season, and it's only a matter of time before he begins adding to his totals of one home run, two RBI and four runs scored.
Posey said Tuesday that he has been cleared to catch, Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area reports. Posey is slated to serve as the designated hitter Tuesday and he may DH again in the series finale in Kansas City, but it sounds like the Giants are simply easing him back into action. He made a quick recovery from a concussion, advancing to batting practice just a few days after landing on the 7-day DL. Posey figures to be back behind the plate no later than Friday.
Posey (head) is hitting fourth and serving as the Giants' designated hitter Tuesday against the Royals, 610 Sports Radio reports. The Giants are playing in an American League park, so they have the luxury of easing Posey back into action as their designated hitter just a week after he was placed on the 7-day DL. Posey should return to his regular spot behind the plate in the coming days, but his bat will be welcomed back into the lineup. Prior to landing on the disabled list, Posey was 7-for-21 (.333) and had notched an on-base percentage of .481.
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