One of the more captivating players in annual fantasy baseball drafts is San Francisco Giants All-Star catcher Buster Posey. The dilemma for many each spring centers on the wisdom of using a very early draft pick on the rare catcher that can be a positive force offensively or whether the injury risk/inferior numbers to the players who are drafted at other positions in the same round make it a foolish effort. Other than New York Yankees backstop Gary Sanchez, the only other catcher who elicits such a debate is Posey who once again showed tremendous pure hitting ability by batting .320 with 12 home runs in 568 at-bats in 2017. The .320 average was Posey’s highest since 2012 and any catcher that can challenge for a batting title like he can is a huge plus in fantasy baseball. However, when you look past the average, Posey left a lot to be desired elsewhere. The 12 home runs were a very mediocre number and it is the FOURTH straight season Posey saw decline there. In addition, Posey’s 62 runs and 67 RBI were way down from the 82/80 he put forth respectively just the year prior. While Posey clearly can hit as well as anyone in the game, we need to keep in mind there are already a lot of innings piled onto his body as he turns 31 in March. It may not be a coincidence that Posey’s power continues to erode as he ages given the wear-and-tear of the position. So while the case can be made for Sanchez to be selected as an early round catcher in 2018 fantasy baseball drafts, the argument falls flat when the subject changes to Posey’s worthiness.
2018 PROJECTION: .310 14 HR 75 RBI 77 R 5 SB