Originally posted on Baseball Prospectus  |  Last updated 3/15/12
Matt Cain may be just 27 years old, but he understands the importance of having a big bat in the middle of the lineup more than most pitchers. Cain is one of the few remaining Giants who were around when Barry Bonds was finishing his career in 2007 by becoming baseball's all-time home run leader. Left-hander Barry Zito, closer Brian Wilson, and right fielder Nate Schierholtz are the only other Giants who were teammates with Bonds. While nobody has ever compared catcher Buster Posey to Bonds—which can be construed as either a good or bad thing, depending upon your perspective—there is little doubt he helps the Giants' lineup immensely when healthy. In 2011, Posey was called up on May 29 and gave the Giants offense a big lift. He hit .305/.357/.505 with 18 home runs in 443 plate appearances to go with a .299 TAv and 3.5 WARP while winning the National League Rookie of the Year award. Posey helped make what was a bad lineup at least mediocre, as the Giants finished ninth in t...
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