The 2013 season marked the first time the San Francisco Giants did not win the World Series with a healthy productive Buster Posey in the lineup.
Prior to the start of the season, Posey signed a nine-year contract (eight-year extension) on March 29 worth $167 million to be wearing the orange and black colors for many years to come.
Posey finished the year with a .294 batting average in 148 games, smacking 153 hits, 34 doubles, one triple, 15 home runs, 72 RBI's, 60 walks, 70 strikeouts and scored 61 runs. He produced a .371 on-base percentage and .450 slugging percentage equaling a .821 OPS.
The 2012 National League MVP recorded 42 multi-hit games, nine three-hit games, one four-hit game and one five-hit game. Posey was at his best during the month of June, batting .374 with 37 hits, five home runs and 17 RBI's.
He batted .320 on the year versus left-handers and .283 against right-handers. The 26-year-old showcased a .264 batting average with runners in scoring position, drilling 33 hits and 45 RBI's.
The huge difference between last year and this year was Posey's production following the All-Star break. One of the reasons the Giants failed to reach the postseason was not having Posey excel consistently during the second half of the season. He batted just .244 in 58 games, connecting with 48 hits, two homers and 16 RBI's. In 2012 following the all-star break, Posey was unbelievable with a .385 batting average, 99 hits, 14 home runs and 60 RBI's as he clinched the NL MVP with his tremendous second half.
He started 119 games at catcher, committing seven errors and producing a .993 fielding percentage. Posey started 16 games at first base and had just two errors.
Even though the Giants did not have team success in 2013, Posey was selected to his second straight All-Star game in July.
This will be the first normal offseason for Posey to recharge his batteries and strictly focus on improving all aspects of his game. Look for Posey to take his talents to a new level in 2014 and help the Giants reach the postseason once again.
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