SF Giants Gifts: Buster Posey Power
After opting out of the 2020 season to avoid the dangers of the COVID-19 pandemic, Buster Posey will be returning to the team next season. While he will be an obvious upgrade over the Giants meager production from their backstops this season, it’s hard to know quite what to expect. Already on an obvious downward trajectory, it’s hard to know how a year away from the game will impact his performance.
2019 was not a good year for the face of the franchise. Posey hit just .257/.320/.368 and managed just seven home runs in more than 400 plate appearances. He continued to produce elite defense with the glove and put the ball in play at a consistent clip but just seemed unable to generate the power he had flashed earlier in his career.
Like Belt, Posey has had his share of injuries over his career. It’s far from a guarantee, but some time away from catching might not have been the worst thing for him. Set to turn 34-years old in March, Posey got a chance to recharge and hopefully is positioned to return to the team in 2021 with newfound power potential.
A lot will have to go right for the SF Giants to become top contenders in 2021. If the baseball gods are interested in helping the Orange-and-Black return to the postseason, this list has plenty of ways they can help.