At Media Day (notes from media day) we learned that San Francisco Giants‘ catcher Buster Posey has put on 10 pounds of muscle in the offseason. In Posey’s short career, he has set a high bar for what fans expect out of him by being the 2010 Rookie of the Year and the 2012 National League Most Valuable Player. In 2013 Posey put up very solid numbers overall, but his second half left a lot to be desired. His first half looked like this: .325/.395/.536 with 13 home runs and a 163 wRC+. For reasons not exactly known, in the second half Posey hit .244/.333/.310 while hitting two home runs and having a wRC+ of 85, which are all far below Posey’s career numbers.
Why was Posey’s second half so awful? A lot of people speculate it is because of fatigue. After catching a career-high 112 games in 2012 and playing first base in 29 games, he went to the postseason and played another 16. Posey played a total of 164 games in 2012 and then came back in 2013 and played another 148. Although he wouldn’t tell manager Bruce Bochy to take him out of the lineup because he was tired, his performance on the field showed just how exhausted he really was.
So will 10 pounds of muscle help or hurt Posey? Well I think it could legitimately help his all-around game. Posey had a dreadful slugging percentage in the second half of the 2013 season and 10 pounds of muscle could help improve that. Not only will the extra muscle help his power numbers, it will help the 26 year old catcher’s durability throughout the season as he tries to take his team to the playoffs once again.
With a full offseason of strength training and workouts, Posey should be back to his elite status for the 2014 season. He has a rare mix of power and on-base ability for a catcher that puts him in the upper echelon of players at his position and is expected to be an MVP candidate for the years to come.
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