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San Francisco Giants Spring Training Preview: Catchers

Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) reacts during the ninth inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 11, 2016; San Francisco, CA, USA; San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey (28) reacts during the ninth inning of game four of the 2016 NLDS playoff baseball game against the Chicago Cubs at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: John Hefti-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 29, 2014; Kansas City, MO, USA; San Francisco Giants pitcher Madison Bumgarner (right) celebrates with catcher Buster Posey after defeating the Kansas City Royals during game seven of the 2014 World Series at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: John Rieger-USA TODAY Sports

The San Francisco Giants are heavily invested in their franchise catcher, and for a good reason. Buster Posey’s starting spot is safe, but the competition for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart could get as hot as a sunny dessert day in Scottsdale.

We continue our San Francisco Giants full spring training preview! This time, we look directly at the catchers, so let’s jump right into it!

Buster Posey

The San Francisco Giants are heavily invested in their franchise catcher  and for a good reason. Buster Posey is arguably the backbone of this franchise and will have a permanent spot as the team’s backstop this season.

Bruce Bochy might as well carve Buster Posey’s name into the lineup card for the next five seasons. 

Although I am confident in statements, two scenarios could limit Posey’s time calling pitches in 2017.

The first scenario is comparable to doomsday. Posey suffers another season ending injury like he did in 2011, he’s out for the remainder of the season, and is forced to consider whether his future behind the plate is even an option.

The second scenario is still unsettling for a die hard Giants fan but is bearable compared to the last. The Giants increasingly rely on the backup man as Posey grows older and becomes more susceptible to immobility in his lower half.  The second option is very unlikely to happen this season but will be a legitimate scenario as Posey grows older.

Either option gives the deputy catcher an ample amount of playing time and a vital role on the roster.

Knowing me, I probably just jinxed something. Let’s hope we don’t have a repeat of 2011…..knock on wood.

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