2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Buster Posey
Gerg Jewett takes an in-depth look at San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey to let fantasy baseball owners know what to expect during the 2020 MLB season.
It’s no secret catcher continues to be a dearth of fantasy production. Once a beacon of hope, injuries and declining performance took a toll on Buster Posey last season. Coming off of hip surgery in 2018, Posey also lost time due to a concussion and a hamstring strain. However, it’s the decline in launch angle and spike in ground balls working in unison against Posey. He appeared in 114 games last year with 43 runs, seven home runs, 38 RBI and a .257/.320/.368 slash line over 445 plate appearances.
Beneath the reduced counting statistics, Posey recorded a 7.6 percent walk rate and a 16 percent strikeout rate with a .111 isolated power. He became more aggressive increasing his swinging strike percentage by three percent affecting a drop of 5.5 percentage points in his contact rate. One good sign, Posey maintained an above average Z-Contact rate (in the strike zone) of 91.1 percent.
According to Statcast, Posey generated 336 batted ball events with 16 barrels (4.8 percent), an...