Potential SF Giants Starting Catcher in 2022
1. Buster Posey
What would it take for the Posey to return in 2022? For one, he would have to have a very solid year at the plate. Coming off of opting out of the 2020 season, we do not know what to expect from Posey, but we do know he needs a solid year if he will be back in the orange and black in 2022.
Going back to his last season in 2019, it was undoubtedly a struggle for Buster. In what was his worst year at the plate, he hit .257/.320/.368 with 7 home runs and 38 RBI. He also dealt with injuries throughout the year.
In 2020, before the pandemic led to the delay of the MLB season, Posey looked poised for a rebound season. He appeared to be truly healthy for the first time in a while and was driving the ball well in spring training. Now, coming into 2021, he seems a little less healthy, given that he spent a little bit of time on the shelf due to a hip problem. He said that he felt fine once he returned to the lineup, so we can only hope that the issue doesn’t flare up too much throughout the season.
If Posey can stay relatively healthy this year and can put together a solid season at the plate, meaning that he looks a bit more like his former self and puts up more Buster-like numbers (he doesn’t need another 2012 season), then perhaps the Giants feel that bringing him back in 2022 would be a wise measure. That’s especially true if Bart stalls in the upper minors or deals with another major injury. And, of course, there’s always the possibility that Bart is packaged in a trade.
The odds may look rather long at this point, but we cannot rule out the fact that the Giants will bring Posey back if he has a good year and especially if Bart stalls or is moved.