With the news that the Chicago Cubs had called up the first uber-prospect of the year by promoting shortstop Starlin Castro, other guys can’t be far behind. Aside from Washington’s Stephen Strasburg, there may not be a more anticipated promotion this season than San Francisco Giants catcher Buster Posey. And he could be arriving shortly.
Posey, the No. 5 pick of the 2008 MLB Draft, is currently tearing up the Pacific Coast League for the Fresno Grizzlies. On Thursday, the Florida State product went 4-for-5 with a home run, putting his hitting totals at: .343 average, .436 on-base percentage, .525 slugging percentage, with three home runs, 16 RBI and 11 extra-base hits. Posey seems ready to come up.
The problem for San Francisco is that current catcher Bengie Molina is hitting the ball incredibly well right now. Molina’s .329/.400/.456 line with two home runs and 10 RBI make him one of the most consistent hitters in the Giants’ lineup.
Despite the fact that Posey is a better fielder and runner than Molina, it might not be logical to promote him right now. The kid seems ready, but with Aubrey Huff entrenched at first base and the need for as many good bats in the lineup as possible to complement their stellar starting rotation, the Giants may not be able to move the kid up right now.
If Molina falters at all, the Giants will not hesitate to move Posey up. If Aubrey Huff falls off or the team decides he can handle a corner outfield spot, then Molina could head to first base with Posey stepping in behind the plate.
It will be interesting to see how this plays out over the next few weeks.