SCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — There’s only so much you can learn from watching players take batting practice.
You can’t judge a player’s ability to hit the curveball, to lay off tough pitches off the corner or handle major league pitching.
But in watching Buster Posey crush pitches onto the berm beyond the left field fence at Scottsdale Stadium on Thursday, it was easy to see that Posey looks a lot healthier than he did a year ago.
“I feel like I have really good range in my hips,” Posey said.
That wasn’t something Posey had last spring, when he was working his way back from a major hip surgery that forced him to miss the final month of the 2018 season.
After the Giants’ second workout of the spring, manager Gabe Kapler made note of the power Posey displayed during batting practice and said the catcher is right where he needs to be.
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“One thing we’ve seen that is unequivocally clear is that his power is right where it needs to be,” Kapler said. “Even in early batting practice sessions, you can see the flight of the ball and it tells a really good story.”
A year after Posey posted career lows in batting average, on-base percentage and OPS, the Giants are optimistic he’ll be much improved as he distances himself from a surgery that forced him to spend an offseason rehabbing instead of hitting.
The key for Posey, as he admitted Thursday, is ensuring he feels as strong during the regular season as he does during spring training. He believes the Giants’ new director of hitting Dustin Lind will play a critical role in helping Posey prepare himself for games and stay fresh deep into the year.
Lind, a former Seattle Mariners assistant, has a background in physical therapy and exercise science and he’ll use his expertise to help craft preparation and recovery plans for Posey while also working on his swing.
“I think it can absolutely help,” Posey said.
SCOTTSDALE, ARIZONA – FEBRUARY 12: San Francisco Giants’ Buster Posey (28) stretches out during spring straining at Scottsdale Stadium in Scottsdale, Ariz., on Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2020. (Randy Vazquez / Bay Area News Group)
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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports