Found March 21, 2012 on Kramerica Sports:

Author: Andrew Swanson

The magical start to Buster Posey’s MLB career came to a screeching halt on May 25, 2011 after a home plate collision with Florida Marlin outfielder Scott Cousins. Posey suffered torn ligaments and a broken left fibula in the gruesome injury and missed the rest of the 2011 season.

After eight months of intense rehab, Posey has returned to the field and is primed to start the 2012 season behind the plate for the Giants. His return to the Giant lineup will give the offense a much-needed boost in the arm, and his defensive presence should help an already stellar pitching staff.

Fantasy baseball owners looking to draft a catcher will be faced with the question of whether or not Posey will return to his rookie of the year form in 2010. In just 108 games with the Giants, Posey hit 18 home runs and drove in 67 RBI’s while batting an impressive .305. Although his production tapered off last season before the injury, he was on pace to hit close to 20 home runs while driving in around 80 runs.

It is possible that the injury cold have lingering effects on the former first round pick, limiting his ability to generate power while causing him to be timid at the plate. However, a year away from the game and a realization that nothing is a given could fuel an even more intense desire to produce and succeed.

Another factor to consider is that Posey will be surrounded by a much-improved lineup in this season, with the addition of Melky Cabrera, Brandon Belt and Angel Pagan. In addition, a much leaner and more focused Pablo Sandoval will give Posey a chance to improve on his run production numbers. A bloated and inconsistent Panda fell out of favor of manager Bruce Bochy in 2010 and was out of the lineup as a starter during Posey’s breakout season.

At his current ADP of 59th overall on Mock Draft Central, Posey is the fourth catcher taken off the board behind Carlos Santana, Mike Napoli and Brian McCann. As a fifth round pick in most standard formats, Posey is well worth the risk as the catcher position is once again shallow in 2012. He may struggle early as he looks to regain his swing, however, an improved line up and a history of hitting for average at all levels (.333 career minor league BA) lead me to believe he will produce well in 2012.

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