5: Will the Offseason Restore Posey’s Power?
Catcher Buster Posey‘s power dip last season was quite noticeable. He posted full-season career-lows in average (.288) and slugging percentage (.434), and his 14 home runs were the lowest total of his career as well.
Posey actually made solid contact, hitting the ball hard 36.1 percent of the time for a career-best rate. But he put the ball on the ground a lot, hitting groundballs 48.6 percent of the time.
He was dealing with some injuries last year, most notably a thumb impingement and back pain. Those two injuries can combine to really zap a hitter’s power, but an entire offseason should get those back under control. But will that be enough to overcome those career lows?
As long as Posey continues to play like the game’s best behind the plate, the team can accept a tick down in power. But the pop has to come from somewhere. If Posey is no longer a 20-home run threat, that role needs to be filled elsewhere. The Giants had a distinct lack of power last season, even more than usual, so where will the power come from?