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 will return to Giants' camp after playing for Team United States in the 2017 World Baseball Classic. The All-Star catcher was an integral part of the United States' success in the tournament, batting .267 with a pair of home runs as a co-starter with Jonathan Lucroy. Posey has nothing to prove back in Arizona, so the Giants will likely take it easy on their starting catcher after he participated in a high-stakes tournament.
Posey went 2-for-4 with a home run and three RBI in Sunday's WBC win over Team Canada. Posey's homer was a no-doubter to center field at Marlins Park. Fantasy owners will be delighted to see their star catcher already swinging the bat in midseason form in a competitive environment such as the World Baseball Classic. Posey looks poised to finish in the upper echelon of fantasy catchers this season, as usual.
Posey started behind the dish and went 2-for-3 with a pair of RBI in Sunday's spring training loss to the Royals. Posey said that his minor neck ailment was better on Friday, and his performance has confirmed that statement. The All-Star catcher played in all three games this past weekend, playing the field in two of those contests and collecting three total hits. Posey will now leave camp and join Team USA for the World Baseball Classic.
Posey (neck) said he feels better, and he plans to serve as designated hitter Saturday in between catching Friday and Sunday before he joins Team USA for the World Baseball Classic, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. Posey doesn't foresee any issues barring him from being ready for the tournament. Barring a setback, Posey should see a normal workload befitting one of the biggest names in the WBC.
Posey (neck) will not play Thursday, Henry Schulman of the San Francisco Chronicle reports. While fantasy owners can't be blamed if they're starting to worry a little, it's still too early to panic. San Francisco by no means will rush its franchise bat and will aim to keep him fresh to head into manning the backstop at 100 percent health. Posey's down season in power during 2016 should not keep fantasy players from ranking him as a top-tier catcher, though the price he should command may not sit as high as in previous years.