Buster Posey, Catcher, San Francisco Giants, #28
Date of Birth: 3/27/1987
Birthplace: Leesburg, Georgia
College: Florida State University
Current Salary: $22,177,777
Buster Posey, catcher for the San Francisco Giants, also occasionally plays first base. However, Posey did not start out as a catcher or a first baseman but, rather, as a pitcher and a shortstop. He played both of those positions in high school but in his second year of college, he switched from shortstop to catcher. In his junior year, he won the Dick Howser Trophy for his talent as a college baseball player.
Posey was drafted by the Giants in 2008 and played in the minors until May 29, 2010, with the exception of seven games that he played with the Giants in September, 2009. Posey had an outstanding first year in 2010 and he won the National League Rookie of the Year award. Posey's statistics for 2010 include:
- 108 games played
- 124 hits
- .305 batting average
- 23 doubles
- 18 home runs
- 67 RBIs
The 2011 season ended abruptly for Posey when he was involved in a collision on May 25th but Posey came back strong in 2012. That year, he won the NL MVP award, a Silver Slugger award, the NL Comeback Player of the Year award, and the Hank Aaron award. Posey also won the MLB batting title in 2012.
In March, 2013, the Giants rewarded Posey with a one year contract and eight year extension worth $167 million. In 2013, he batted .294 with 153 hits, 34 doubles, and 72 RBIs in 148 games.
Posey won his second Silver Slugger award in 2014. He finished the season with 170 hits, 28 doubles, 22 home runs, 89 RBIs, and a .311 batting average in 147 games. In the postseason, he had 17 hits, 7 RBIs, and a .246 batting average in 69 at-bats in 17 games.
Posey had another strong season in 2015, finishing with a .318 batting average in 150 games. He also had 28 doubles, 19 home runs, and 95 RBIs. He struck out 52 times and walked 56 times. As a catcher, he made 67 assists, 771 putouts, and 2 errors in 106 games. He caught players trying to steal 36.1% of the time and he had a .998 fielding percentage.
Posey won his third Silver Slugger award in 2015.
In 2016, Posey batted .288 in 146 games. He had 155 hits, 33 doubles, 14 home runs, and 80 RBIs. Defensively, as the Giants' catcher in 123 games, he made 65 assists, 1,003 putouts, an 3 errors for a .997 fielding percentage. He caught players trying to steal 37.3% of the time. In the postseason, he batted .278 with 5 hits, including a double, and 2 RBIs in 18 at-bats in 5 games.
Posey won his first Gold Glove in 2016.
Career batting statistics for Posey through 2016 include:
- 899 games played
- 1,005 hits
- 190 doubles
- 116 home runs
- 527 RBIs
- 444 strikeouts to 344 walks
- .307 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Posey as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 699 games played
- 374 assists
- 5,303 putouts
- 33 errors
- .331 caught stealing percentage
- .994 fielding percentage
Posey married his wife Kristen in January, 2009. They have a set of twins.