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San Francisco Giants: 3 Stats That Show Bryce Harper’s Potential Impact

SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs, Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals and Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants warm up prior to the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images)
SAN DIEGO, CA - JULY 12: Kris Bryant #17 of the Chicago Cubs, Bryce Harper #34 of the Washington Nationals and Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants warm up prior to the 87th Annual MLB All-Star Game at PETCO Park on July 12, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Denis Poroy/Getty Images) /
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PHOENIX, AZ – JUNE 29: Catcher Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants in action during the MLB game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field on June 29, 2018 in Phoenix, Arizona. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The biggest part about the next number is that it doesn’t change all the calculations we’ve done for the previous slide. Same calculations and same look at everything, but instead of using Buster Posey‘s 2018 stats, we decided to insert his career average.

Everyone knows that Buster Posey had an extremely difficult 2018 season that was marred by injury. His numbers were so far down that it’s difficult to envision him having the same type of 2019, especially if he comes back healthy. So let’s look at what those slash-lines, averages and other fun things would be if we inserted Buster Posey’s career average totals instead of his severely below average 2018:

  • average receives a 20 point boost
  • OBP stays roughly the same, slugging percentage jumped another 10 points
  • OPS jumps yet another 30 points
  • Runs per game goes from 3.93 to 4.12

So getting Buster Posey back to healthy, plus adding Bryce harper almost instantly turns this team from one of the worst offensive teams into a relatively average offensive team. I won’t go in and make every other Giants player play to their career average because that takes a ton of time, and none of the other Giants’ performances in 2018 were as abnormal as Posey’s.

But overall, that’s a huge shot in the arm offensively if the Giants even get a career average Posey back. Imagine the shot in the arm it would be to add Harper to the outfit?

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