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Monday, April 20, 2020

Giants’ Farhan Zaidi explains how Buster Posey, Joey Bart can play together

Ever since the Giants selected catcher Joey Bart with the No. 2 pick in the 2018 MLB Draft, questions began about what the Giants would do with Buster Posey. Both players’ strong performances in spring training this year didn’t exactly quiet the questions.

Bart, 23, opened eyes for the second straight spring, batting .438 with a 1.401 OPS and two home runs in nine games. A healthy Posey didn’t disappoint, though.

Posey, 33, hit .455 with a 1.206 OPS and went deep once. Players and coaches alike raved about how Posey looked this spring, and a big season could have been in order before the sports world was put on hold. If you ask president of baseball operations Farhan Zaidi, it’s clear flexibility is king, even when it comes to these two catchers co-existing.

“The fact that Buster’s played some first base and Joey’s a guy we want to move around a little bit—when you think about building the ultimate 13-man position roster, I think it’s a disadvantage to have a starting catcher and somebody who’s just a backup,” Zaidi said Thursday on KNBR’s “Tolbert, Krueger & Brooks.” “If you have two guys who are good offensive and defensive catchers who can play different positions, it almost gives you an extra half-roster spot with which you can try to match up and make sure your guys are fully rested.”

Ladies and gentlemen, how would you resolve this puzzle?


QLE Posted: April 20, 2020 at 12:53 AM | 24 comment(s)
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