One year ago today, Buster Posey’s season was cut short after that devastating play at the plate. Today he’s come back with purpose; he's batting .306 with six home runs so far. He’s reclaimed his role behind the plate and looks strong after two months.
We’re only in May of the 2012 season, so it’s difficult to tell just how well Posey will hold up for the rest of the year. The key to his success will be how well Bruce Bochy can allot Posey’s playing time around the field. He’ll have to have a good balance at catcher, first base as well as on the bench to avoid overexerting himself.
Hector Sanchez has shown he is ready for the big leagues, and the Zito-Sanchez battery provides an extremely useful off-day for Posey. Sanchez has been able to stay solid both behind and at the plate, so Giants fans can have some sort of relief when Posey isn’t catching.
Games at first base will allow his bat to stay in the game while giving some relief to his ankle. Posey has said he wants to continue catching, but a huge injury like the one he sustained last year doesn’t simply go away. He should be able to catch this year, but sometime soon he may find the need to completely switch positions in order to prolong his career. So many innings in the crouch puts so much pressure on that ankle—games at first provide a good source of relief.
The Giants as a whole are still figuring things out. There are still uncertainties at first base, and the lineup is beginning to work itself out. One thing that is for sure: Posey needs to be on the field as much as possible. If Bochy and the rest of San Francisco’s organization can keep a healthy balance of catcher, first base and off-days, the 2010 Rookie of the Year should be just fine this season. He has started off great and should continue his success for the rest of the year.
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