Posey begins his Major League pitcher-destroying career. Buster, for those who aren't aware, is the Giants top prospect, and being a catcher makes him the best home-grown position prospect since Williams and Clark. After hitting .349/.442/.552 in 172 at-bats so far in AAA Fresno with 6 home runs and 32 RBIs, he will add a much needed offensive weapon that the Giants lineup lacks. Sources say Bochey plans on starting him 5 nights a week, but at the same time is committed to starting Bengie Molina to catch a majority of those games. Here are a few scenarios:
Solution #1- Play him somewhere else
Since Molina will be catching Lincecum and Sanchez due to the pitchers comfort throwing to him, Posey will only be able to catch Cain, Zito and Wellenmeyer, or 3 of 5 games. So what do we do with the other 2 games? Stick him at first. Posey, primarily a catcher, has played a portion of his minor league career at first base. So, assuming he can play a decent first, Huff would then move over to LF, Rowand to center and Torres to right, sitting Shierholtz on the bench.
-Pros- Posey starts almost every game, and Molina doesn't whine about playing time.
-Con's- Huff's defense in left is questionable, while sitting two decent hitters (Bowker and Shierholtz) in order to play a slumping Rowand (batting .232 avg... yikes!). Also, if the Giants are serious about signing Pat Burrell, where would he go in the outfield?
Solution #2- Bye, Bye Molina
Bengie Molina. We signed him for 4.5 million. If we don't play him, he complains. Well, he is playing worse than Posey would be so why start him over Buster? Because Bochey favors his vets. I don't like it. I say we trade Molina to a team for either a decent 5th starter, a speedy outfielder better than Torres, or prospects. This way, Molina shuts up, Posey catches every night like he should, and Huff plays first like he also should.
-Pros- Posey catches almost every night, Huff plays first base every night, and it allows Bowker and Shierholtz to platoon in right field. Every body's happy.
-Con's- Molina is a cry baby, we lose the 4.5 million we invested in him. Boo-hoo.
Solution #3- Pinch hit him
This is by far the dumbest option: sit him down on the bench. He would spot start about as frequent as Whiteside does, but other than that he is only available for pinch hitting late in games. This is so idiotic, Bochey just might do it.
-Pros- Molina stays fat and happy, Bochey might get fired.
-Con's- POSEY IS ON THE BENCH.
Obviously Solution #2 would be great for Posey, our offense and our organization, but I have a feeling we will see solution #1 actually go into action. Buster Posey is a pure hitter, a potential golden glover(0 errors all season, 1 passed ball, 44% pick off rate) and an overall godsend for this team. Keep an eye on him and how this front office manages him for this season because his potential is compared to the next Joe Maur. For now, welcome to San Francisco Buster Posey, welcome to the show.