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Buster Posey Promoted to Fresno

July 15, 2009

According to McCovey Chronicles, the Giants’ #2 prospect Buster Posey has been promoted to AAA Fresno. I didn’t make a big

Courtesy of Lance Iversen and the San Francisco Chronicle

Courtesy of Lance Iversen and the San Francisco Chronicle

deal out of the promotions of Madison Bumgarner, Tim Alderson and Brandon Crawford to AA Connecticut mostly because they were expected. This move seems rather aggressive of the Giants brass, and it’s exciting to think that the 22-year old is knocking on the door to the Big Leagues. Not only does it indicate that Posey’s bat is near Major-League ready, but it’s also a major indication that the Giants believe his gamecalling abilities are advanced enough to play at a high level. Considering that Posey has had little catching experience, it’s really a surprise to see such quick development, and I can’t help but believe that it’s a testament to his work ethic and intelligence.

Posey absolutely demolished the Cal League, hitting .322/.421/.536 with 23 doubles, 13 home runs, and 44 walks to 45 strikeouts- good for a .430 wOBA and 26.2 RAA in only half a season. And when you take his home park into consideration and factor out “luck,” Posey’s line would have been .351/.448/.588 with 24 doubles and 15 home runs. That’s downright insane, especially from a catcher.

There are some questions as to how much power that Posey will hit for, and while those questions still remain, one can’t help but be encouraged by the pop he’s shown thus far in his first full Minor League season. He’s still got some work to do behind the plate, but the tools are there for success. I doubt the Giants will call him up in September when the rosters expand- there’s no point in placing him on the 40-man roster unless they’re absolutely ready to give him consistent playing time. There’s also the question about how they should handle him in 2010. If the Giants are wise, they’ll wait to call him up until April or May to avoid Super Two status a la Evan Longoria and Matt Wieters. Signing Bengie Molina to an extension seems out of the question, unless he’s willing to take a one-year deal, so perhaps they’ll take a look at signing someone like Jose Molina or Gregg Zaun to carry the torch until Buster dons the Orange and Black.

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