San Francisco Giants 2016 Season Grades: Infielders and Catchers
My biggest question here about Brown was “Is he a better option than Susac would’ve been?” We all know how well he played in the spring, supplanting Susac as Posey’s backup, without a fight. Brown however had a dismal second half. A .237/.283/.364/.647 slash-line was NOT good enough at the plate for this year. Now, the Giants don’t really have a good backup option.
Hopefully Trevor Brown will improve going into his second season, but this year was disappointing considering what the Giants thought they would get from him. It’s not like his defense was good enough either. He had more past-balls than Posey, in nearly 700 less innings, and runners were 24/31 in stolen base attempts with him behind the dish.
Time will tell if the Susac trade was a good one, but at the moment, I can’t help but think if Susac would’ve been as good of an option. He certainly had a higher ceiling than Brown, maybe some time to get used to playing again after his injury would’ve been beneficial. Beside the point, Brown was not good this year, and he’ll need to build on this year if he wants to stay Posey’s backup. Despite the bad season, it was his first full season in the bigs. A “C” seems like a valid grade.