The fifth-overall selection in the 2008 draft, Buster Posey made his big league debut on Sept. 11, 2009, and ultimately batted .118 with two knocks in 17 at-bats.
After raking at Triple-A to open the 2010 season, he was once again promoted to the major leagues in late May—but this time he was there to stay. In his age-23 season, the right-handed hitter batted .305/.357/.505 with 18 home runs, 67 RBI and 55/30 K/BB in 108 games, as he led the Giants to a World Series title and captured National League Rookie of the Year honors.
The expectations for Posey were lofty headed into the 2011 season—his first full season in the major leagues. However, he suffered a gruesome leg injury on an all-too-well-remembered collision at the plate with Scott Cousins that subsequently ended his season after only 45 games.
Thankfully, Posey returned fully healthy for the 2012 season and served as the perpetual driving force for the World Series-bound Giants, batting .336/.408/.549 with 24 home runs, 103 RBI, and 96/69 K/BB in 148 games. This was especially true throughout the second-half of the regular season, as he helped the team run away with the NL West title by batting .385/.456/.646 with 14 home runs and 60 RBI in 71 games.
Although we won’t know with certainty until the conclusion of the postseason, the 25-year-old is seemingly the front-runner for the NL MVP award.
But as we now shift our focus to the minor leagues, I ask you, the reader, this: Are there prospects with Posey-like potential? While my gut tells me no, I’d be remiss if I didn’t at least present these five candidates.