13 years ago, the SF Giants saw the debut of the very promising Buster Posey, and after starting the year in the minor leagues, the young catcher made his way to the big leagues, winning Rookie of the Year and helping the team to a World Series win in the process.
While the Giants young Patrick Bailey isn't likely to catch up to Corbin Carrol in the ROTY race in 2023, the question now needs to be asked, is he already an All-Star?
Is the SF Giants new catcher already an All-Star?
Bailey was the star of the show on Friday nights win over the New York Mets, as he hit a massive three run home run in the dying stages of the game, while also showing off his incredible arm by throwing out the tying runner, and although he's played just 33 games with the big club, his impact can't be understated. And, if you did not know who he was then, you know who he is now.
Behind the plate, Bailey has been an absolute force, throwing out 11 of a possible 28 stolen base attempts, good for 39%, one of the highest rates in baseball, and while his framing isn't yet at the level of Joey Bart, it's improving out of sight. That said, both Bart and Bailey have excelled in terms of pitch framing in 2023.
At the plate is where Bailey has impressed most, as he came to the big leagues renowned as a defensive minded catcher, but through 123 plate appearances, he's been just as incredible, hitting .322 with 5 home runs and 26 RBI, making him an all around star in the making.
Sure, it's tough to put him on the same level as Posey already, but the similarities are there to see in their respective rookie campaigns, and if Bailey keeps this up, the expectations are there for him to be a very successful player in orange and black.
As for his All-Star bid this season, the Atlanta Braves Sean Murphy has landed the starting role. Elias Díaz (Colorado Rockies) and Will Smith (Los Angeles Dodgers) were selected as reserves at catcher for the National League.
Ultimately, it's very unlikely that Bailey gets a reserve spot on the All-Star break, but after yet another incredible showing with his arm and his bat against New York, it's only a matter of time until the league finally begins to take notice, but until then, it appears San Francisco have found their next franchise catcher, just two years after the retirement of the last one.
With all that being said, Bailey could become the next option at catcher if any of the three current All-Star backstops withdraw. It is not uncommon for that, especially at catcher. If he does not get selected, it will be a nice break for the switch-hitter as he gears up for the second half of the season.