The accolades continue to roll in for the 2010 San Francisco Giants as phenom catcher Buster Posey has been named the 2010 National League Rookie of the Year. Posey edged out Atlanta Braves outfielder Jason Heyward in the voting thanks to dominance in the first place pool. Posey took home 20 first place votes, 9 second place votes and 2 third place votes. Heyward grabbed nine first place votes, Cardinals pitcher Jaime Garcia received one first place vote and Gaby Sanchez took home two first place votes.
The full voting table, courtesy of the BBWAA, is shown below:
|Buster Posey, San Francisco Giants||20||9||2||129|
|Jason Heyward, Atlanta Braves||9||20||2||107|
|Jaime Garcia, St. Louis Cardinals||1||1||16||24|
|Gaby Sanchez, Florida Marlins||2||1||5||18|
|Neil Walker, Pittsburgh Pirates||1||3|
|Starlin Castro, Chicago Cubs||3||3|
|Ike Davis, New York Mets||2||2|
|Jose Tabata, Pittsburgh Pirates||1||1|
|Jonny Venters, Atlanta Braves||1||1
Posey put together an impressive rookie campaign highlighted by the fact that he wasn't even called up until late May. In 4+ months of regular season action, Posey hit .305 with 18 home runs and 67 RBIs, finishing with a .357 OBP and slugging .505. The Giants initially split him between first base and catcher, but eventually they dealt Bengie Molina and handed the full time catching duties to the rookie. Posey stepped up in a big way, commanding a pitching rotation that would be the key to the Giants first World Series title in San Francisco.
Over the course of the season, Posey threw out 23 of 62 would be base stealers and allowed only one passed ball. While Jason Heyward had a very solid rookie season and was incredibly valuable to the Braves, Posey's work as a catcher has to count for a little something extra. He had to focus on both hitting and working with the pitching staff. The pressure was immense but Posey stepped up day after day.