Giants: Was Buster Posey the best catcher of the 2010s?
By Joel Reuter
Homegrown superstar Buster Posey has been one of the faces of the San Francisco Giants for the past decade. Was he the best catcher in baseball during the 2010s?
The San Francisco Giants selected Buster Posey with the No. 5 overall pick in the 2008 MLB draft after a standout collegiate career at Florida State University.
Immediately pegged as one of the top prospects in baseball, he made his MLB debut the following year, going 2-for-17 in a brief September audition.
Veteran Bengie Molina was re-signed to a one-year, $4.5 million deal prior to the 2010 season to serve as a stopgap until Posey was deemed ready.
That moment came on May 29, 2011, when Posey was called up for good and handed the starting gig. By midseason, Molina had been traded to the Texas Rangers, and there was no question the job belonged to the rising star.
He went on to hit .305/.357/.505 with 23 doubles and 18 home runs to win NL Rookie of the Year honors, eventually helping lead the team to a World Series title.
That proved to be just the start for Posey, who quickly emerged as one of the game’s true superstars.
Over the past decade, he was a six-time All-Star, four-time Silver Slugger winner and he took home NL MVP honors in 2012 when he hit .336/.408/.549 with 39 doubles, 24 home runs and 103 RBI in a 7.6 WAR season.
Add to that the fact that he also won three World Series titles during that span, and you have quite the resume.
So while there’s no question Posey has a full trophy room, is that enough to call him the best catcher of the decade?
Ahead we’ve assembled our list of the 20 best catchers of the 2010s, based on a collection of individual statistics, advanced metrics and each player’s importance to his team’s success during the course of the decade.