Monday, August 9, 2010

Buster Posey vs Joe Mauer

So, with all the buzz surrounding Buster Posey this year, I thought I'd compare him to another line drive, high average hitting catcher- Joe Mauer.

Here's the line: Mauer's first 122 PA are in yellow and Poseys first 244 are in white

.AVG .OBP .SLG OPS OPS+
.308.369.570.939

137


.342.389.518.907

137


Based on those numbers alone it appears that Posey may be on his way to becoming a pretty good hitter, but there's more:

I realize that it is only 244 PA (a fairly small sample size), but look how consistent his average has been once he brought it back up after his early slump (courtesy of FanGraphs.com) (Click Image to entire thing)



Many young hitters are subject to wild fluctuations in average as they learn to improve their approach against major league pitching. The fact that Posey has been able to avoid these swings bodes favorably for him going forward. I realize it is half a season, and there is a lot of baseball to be played before we determine how awesome Buster really is, but we should all be excited for the future.

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