Buster Posey hit his 15th home run of the season yesterday against the Cubs, and it was the deciding factor in the game. Ray wrote about whether Mauer or Posey would be more valuable next season, and I have to say I am surprised that I am even contemplating Posey. He now has a .324 batting average, 15 homers, 62 runs batted in and 52 runs over 97 games. Over a full season, those would translate out to 25 homers, 103 runs batted in and 86 runs scored. While I would take Mauer over Posey for next year, I don't think it will be long before he does pass him.
1. Joe Mauer
2. Victor Martinez
3. Brian McCann
4. Buster Posey
5. Mike Napoli - I don't think he'll be in Anaheim next season, and wherever he ends up he's likely to hit for power and drive in runs.
6. Carlos Santana - I think that he'll return from the injury and be just fine. He'd be higher if there wasn't the risk that he might now.
7. Miguel Montero
8. Geovany Soto
9. Jorge Posada
10. Matt Wieters - He's probably the best sleeper candidate out of everyone listed here, as he has been hitting .340 in September. The power should come eventually I think.
Catcher is a bit of tough position, as so many of the top catchers from this season (Miguel Olivo, John Buck) don't have locks on jobs for next season as of now. There generally seems to emerge one or two during the season who weren't expected to do anything of value.
For those of you still holding out hope on Josh Hamilton, those can probably be put to rest. It was announced yesterday that he has 2 fractured ribs. I honestly would be shocked if the Rangers brought him back for more than some token appearances at the end of the season to make sure he is ready for the postseason.
Edinson Volquez threw 8 innings of 1 earned run and struck out 6 in the victory. He could be a nice sleeper next season as he gets a full season of work in. He's averaging more than a strikeout per inning, but the walks need to come down. He's averaging 5.5 per 9 innings, and walked 4 yesterday in his start. He'll need to improve on that for next year though.
Clearly not what anyone wanted to hear out of Oakland: Andrew Bailey will be shut down for the season, and will be headed to Alabama to visit Dr. Andrews. I believe Craig Breslow and Michael Wuertz are the best chances for saves the rest of the way, but I don't know which it will be for sure.