As it stands, the San Francisco Giants have debatably the best overall catcher in the game in Buster Posey — at only twenty five years of age, the young backstop is already a two-time World Series Champion, was the 2010 NL Rookie Of The Year, and is your reigning National League MVP. For the last three years (with the exception of Posey’s 2011 campaign being cut short due to season ending surgery on his left leg/ankle), the Giants have enjoyed both solid offense and defense from one of the brightest young stars in baseball.
However, in 2011, San Francisco was left, by all accounts, vulnerable. Buster Posey’s season ending injury exposed a mighty weakness the team wasn’t really prepared to compensate for, and the club ended up churning out third and fourth string caliber replacements, such as Eli Whiteside, and Chris Stewart — now the starting catcher for the New York Yankees. Ouch. Both were decent fielding catchers, but their offense was just not at all where it needed to be.
Enter Hector Sanchez, the now twenty-three year old backstop who made his major league debut for San Francisco in the second half of the 2011 regular season. He didn’t turn any heads, but thirteen games is a small sample size, and he unquestioningly brought decent defense to the club, and got better with the bat the next year, finishing 2012 with a respectable .280 average.
His presence alone has been invaluable to San Francisco, as he is developing into a catcher the team can count on, for many reasons. Obviously, not as the everyday starter, but as a solid backup. He has the potential to bring some pop off the bench, and chip in when put in late in games or called to start once, maybe twice a week.
But, with his most recent injury – a sore right shoulder – some are suggesting a trade be made for the still developing backstop. Which, in my opinion, isn’t really called for at this point. I mean, there’s still plenty of upside to look forward to from this guy, right?
Here are some of the pros and cons of a potential Hector Sanchez trade: