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Buster Posey is having another excellent season.
Buster Posey won the NL MVP award in 2012 and is having another outstanding season. He is currently hitting .322 with 12 home runs and 48 RBI.
Posey's RBI total leads the team, as does his OBP of .397, SLG of .543 and OPS of .940.
In addition to his stats, Posey is a team leader and does a tremendous job with the Giants pitching staff. Posey has caught 66 of the Giants' 82 games, more than manager Bruce Bochy planned.
Bochy has been reluctant to give Posey games away from catching because his backups are flawed.
In 2012, Hector Sanchez was a pleasant surprise as Posey's backup. He was very productive offensively and steadily improved behind the plate.
Unfortunately, Sanchez came into spring training overweight and out of shape. He fought injuries early on and has regressed both offensively and defensively.
Bochy seems to have lost confidence in Sanchez behind the plate, and his throwing woes have made it tough for Bochy to use him as the backup catcher.
Guillermo Quiroz is a solid defensive catcher, but he is not a good hitter. He has a batting average of .196 this season and a career average of only .205.
The inherent flaws of Sanchez and Quiroz have forced the Giants to play Posey behind the plate far more than they would have liked.
Posey's offensive numbers are even more impressive given the difficult workload and physical strain of playing the catching position. He is, without a doubt, the Giants' first-half MVP.