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Buster Posey raising the bar for Matt Wieters

Despite facing crazy hype at the start of his major-league career, 24-year-old Orioles catcher Matt Wieters was solid in his first two seasons in Baltimore. Wieters batted .266 with 20 home runs and 98 RBIs in 226 games. He has improved defensively. And he made significant progress in terms of guiding the Orioles' young rotation under manager Buck Showalter.

But there's this Buster Posey guy, a 23-year-old backstop for the Giants, whom Wieters will constantly be stacked up against as his still-young career unfolds. Wieters was selected fifth overall in the 2007 draft and the Giants grabbed Posey fifth overall a year later.

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Called up midway through the season, Posey is having a fine rookie year in San Fransisco, hitting .305 with 18 homers and 67 RBIs in 108 regular-season games. He covered a lot of ground in the NL Rookie of the Year race, and we'll find out at season's end if he did enough to pass Braves outfielder Jason Heyward, who started the season in the majors, for the award.

In the postseason, Posey has continued to raise the bar for Wieters. After his 4-for-5 performance Wednesday night as the Giants took a commanding 3-1 series lead over the Phillies, Posey is batting .344 in the postseason. There isn't yet a Buster Posey Facts website like the one dedicated to Wieters, but one might not be far off if Posey helps lead the Giants to a World Series title.

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