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Where did Buster Posey, Stephen Vogt rank among MLB catchers in 2019?

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 14: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run rbi double against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CA - MAY 14: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants is congratulated by teammates after he scored on a Brandon Crawford two-run rbi double against the Cincinnati Reds in the bottom of the first inning at AT&T Park on May 14, 2018 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)
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SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 29: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on August 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)
SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 29: Buster Posey #28 of the San Francisco Giants bats against the San Diego Padres at Oracle Park on August 29, 2019 in San Francisco, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)

Buster Posey

PA: 445—11th
BA: .257—18th
OBP: .320—t-25th
SLG: .368—t-41st
OPS: .688—38th
OPS+: 84—34th
H: 104—9th
2B: 24—t-5th
HR: 7—t-41st
RBI: 38—28th
R: 43—18th
WAR: 0.9—t-27th

It’s hard to find many positive takeaways in that collection of stats, especially for a player who was long considered the best catcher in baseball.

The 32-year-old never seemed to find his offensive stroke in his return from offseason hip surgery, and while he stayed healthy enough to play in 114 games, he did make a trip to the injured list and it’s fair to wonder if he was ever operating at 100 percent.

With a full offseason of rest and a normal preseason of preparation, a bounce-back season in 2020 is not out of the question, even if he never returns to elite form.

Posey has roughly $44.4 million left on his contract over the next two years and a $22 million options for 2022 that includes a $3 million buyout, the Giants will be banking on getting something out of that financial commitment.

However, looking at the 2019 season in a bubble, he falls somewhere in the middle of the pack among those 56 catchers referenced above, which is a tough pill to swallow when talking about a six-time All-Star and former NL MVP.

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