This is the most solid group of young, homegrown players in the game. They have shown a steadiness and ability to get better at every level.
Oct 22, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey before game two of the 2014 World Series against the Kansas City Royals at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-USA TODAY Sports
Buster Posey is already established as a superstar in the sport, even if his quiet demeanor keeps him out of the spotlight. Pitchers love throwing to him, and his offensive skills are far above the average catcher.
Brandon Belt is the only question mark for the infield, based on health. Belt is basically one of those players who has the chance to be one of the top first basemen in the league, but he has to play a year or two straight without any injuries to truly capture the magic. That being said, Belt’s numbers last year were almost identical to Freddie Freeman‘s. And the Atlanta Braves are saying that they refuse to trade him. So what is Belt’s real worth.
Joe Panik is a lock at second as long as he’s healthy. He is a far superior defender at second due to his days playing short. His stroke is perfect for AT&T Park, and he should provide steady production from the two hole.
Aug 22, 2015; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; San Francisco Giants third baseman Matt Duffy (5) celebrates with shortstop Brandon Crawford (R) after scoring on a wild pitch against the Pittsburgh Pirates during the eighth inning at PNC Park. The Pirates won 3-2. Mandatory Credit: Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports
Matt Duffy is a more powerful Bill Mueller, and that is a great thing. He gets the bat on the ball, and hits it off the sweet spot more often than not. With just a bit more weights, and familiarity with the opposing pitchers, Duffy can compete for batting titles in the near future.
Brandon Crawford is not only the best defensive shortstop in the National League, but is becoming the most well-rounded in baseball. His offensive stats have gotten better year after year, and he makes pitchers look great when a grounder is hit in the 6.5 hole.
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