Saturday, May 29, 2010

Newest Good Friend: Buster Posey

We dropped Matsuzaka and picked up Gerald Demp "Buster" Posey.

According to Andrew Baggarly, of the San Jose Mercury News...
A very good source just told me that the Giants will recall a position player before Saturday’s game and it will be none other than Gerald Demp “Buster” Posey.

This tip came to me after 11 p.m. and I haven’t been able to confirm it at this late hour. So please, please, please take it for what it is.

But if true, it makes complete sense.

Posey started at first base for the second consecutive time Friday night. Cuuurious. It’s a pretty safe assumption he was doing more than just resting his knees from catching. He was 2-for-3 with a double, a walk and an RBI, lifting his PCL average to .349.

Plus GM Brian Sabean personally scouted Posey last week and told KNBR that “the kid’s really improving.”

Added Sabean: “But when we bring him here, we want to make sure he’s on the field at least five days a week.”

As you know, Posey is the Giants’ best position prospect since the days of Will Clark and Matt Williams.

I think Posey will get most of his starts at first base, with Aubrey Huff moving to left field. But Bengie Molina was hitless again Friday night and extended his streak to 19 games without an RBI. He’s hitting just .203 in May.
Wow, the best position prospect since Will Clark and Matt Williams? No pressure, kid. Well, besides the fact that you're on our fantasy team. Who knows? If this kid can really hit, we might be looking to trade Joe Mauer for some other hitters around the infield.

More realistically, we should temper our expectations. I don't think it is prudent to expect him to necessarily outshine what Matt Wieters did last season, which was .288/.340./.412, with 9 HR's in 96 games and 385 Plate Appearances.

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