Last year, I did a series of posts on the 20 rookies that I think will make an impact in the upcoming baseball season. This off course was a rip-off of Donruss’s Rated Rookies from the 80s-90s. For this series I felt it best to focus only on players who will either arrive this season in the big leagues or those who have already appeared in the big leagues but maintained their rookie status. My first subject is Buster Posey.
First off I want to thank Travis at Punk Rock Paint for the RR logo you see on the card. As always, his work is outstanding and if you haven’t read his blog you are doing yourself a disservice. Now on to Buster, he was drafted 5th overall in the 2008 MLB Draft. Since then, he has rocketed through the minor leagues. He started last season out at Class A San José, where he hit 0.326/13/58 with 6 stolen bases. He was then moved up to Class AAA Fresno, completely skipping AA. At Fresno he hit 0.321/5/22 in 151 plate appearances.
In September, due to an injury of Benji Molina, Buster was called up to the Giants. He showed solid defensive play, however due to sporadic at bats he had a tough time with MLB pitching. This season he will no doubt break camp with the Giants and should be their starting catcher. It is not out of the question that he could hit 0.290/24/85 this season if given a full slate of games. If he does so he would definitely be a potential rookie of the year candidate.
Buster is a fantastic through the mail signer, so I decided to create a custom card for all the Ridiculous Rookies I name to send out for autographs. I will create four of each card. One is for me, the rest are going to be traded away. If you are interested in any of the customs I create for this please leave a comment and email me a trade. I’m just looking for jersey/autograph cards, I don’t even care who they are of. These are glossy cards and as thick as a regular card. The are in the Goudey shape of 3″ tall x 2.5″ wide.
As far as Buster’s cards on eBay, good luck, they are routinely selling for between $50 – $100. Given that he is a prolific signer of through the mail, my suggestion is to go that route first. One of my favorite signed cards is posted below, even that one sold for $75 recently. Posey might be the best of the bunch in terms of rookies this season, but who knows, sometimes the biggest of prospects fail. I just can’t see this happening with Buster though.