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Yadier Molina

34-Year-Old Catcher – St. Louis Cardinals

2017 Stats

AVG

.260

HR

9

RBI

28

R

25

SB

5

2017 Preseason Projections

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2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Coming off two consecutive seasons that saw his batting average, on-base percentage, and slugging percentage fall, Molina's start to the season seemed to confirm the fear that the former All-Star's ta...

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STATUS:  Day-To-Day     INJURY TYPE:  Knee
LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 5' 11"   WT: 205   DOB: 7/13/1982
BORN: Bayamon, Puerto Rico   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 4th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Yadier Molina Contract Information:

Signed a three-year, $60 million contract extension with the Cardinals in April of 2017. Contract runs through the 2020 season.

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Yadier Molina Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 21 AAA MEM 34 137 120 18 37 6 5 0 1 13 0 0 14 13 0 2 1 .308 .380 .375 .755
2005 22 MAJ STL 114 421 385 36 97 24 15 1 8 49 2 3 23 30 8 3 2 .252 .295 .358 .654
2006 23 MAJ STL 129 461 417 29 90 32 26 0 6 49 1 2 26 41 8 2 8 .216 .274 .321 .595
2007 24 MAJ STL 111 396 353 30 97 21 15 0 6 40 1 1 34 43 2 4 3 .275 .340 .368 .708
2008 25 MAJ STL 124 485 444 37 135 25 18 0 7 56 0 2 32 29 3 5 1 .304 .349 .392 .740
2009 26 MAJ STL 140 544 481 45 141 30 23 1 6 54 9 3 50 39 6 1 6 .293 .366 .383 .749
2010 27 MAJ STL 136 521 465 34 122 25 19 0 6 62 8 4 42 51 2 5 7 .262 .329 .342 .671
2011 28 MAJ STL 139 518 475 55 145 47 32 1 14 65 4 5 33 44 5 4 1 .305 .349 .465 .814
2012 29 MAJ STL 138 563 505 65 159 50 28 0 22 76 12 3 45 55 3 5 5 .315 .373 .501 .874
2013 30 MAJ STL 136 541 505 68 161 56 44 0 12 80 3 2 30 55 0 3 3 .319 .359 .477 .836
2014 31 AA SPR 2 6 6 2 5 3 3 0 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .833 .833 1.333 2.166
2014 31 MAJ STL 110 445 404 40 114 28 21 0 7 38 1 1 28 55 1 6 6 .282 .333 .386 .719
2015 32 MAJ STL 136 530 488 34 132 29 23 2 4 61 3 1 32 59 1 9 0 .270 .310 .350 .660
2016 33 MAJ STL 147 581 534 56 164 47 38 1 8 58 3 2 39 63 0 2 6 .307 .360 .427 .787
2017 34 MAJ STL 61 250 231 25 60 18 9 0 9 28 5 2 11 35 1 5 2 .260 .293 .416 .709
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3-Year Averages     131 517 475 43 136 34 27 1 6 52 2 1 33 59 0 5 4 .286 .335 .385 .720
Career  (View All)     1672 6,407 5,822 566 1,653 440 317 6 117 731 52 32 438 619 42 55 50 .284 .336 .401 .737

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Yadier Molina Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
# of Games To Display:    Show 7Show 7    Show 14Show 14    Show 30Show 30
DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Jun. 24 Pit Did not play.
Jun. 23 Pit Did not play.
Jun. 22 @Phi 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .293 .416 .709
Jun. 21 @Phi 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .260 .294 .419 .713
Jun. 20 @Phi 5 1 1 0 0 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .261 .296 .423 .719
Jun. 18 @Bal 4 1 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .298 .415 .713
Jun. 17 @Bal 3 1 2 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .299 .404 .703
Jun. 16 @Bal 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .257 .294 .386 .680
Jun. 15 Mil 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .257 .295 .388 .683
Jun. 14 Mil 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .257 .295 .391 .686
Jun. 13 Mil Did not play.
Jun. 13 Mil 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .296 .394 .690
Jun. 11 Phi Did not play.
Jun. 10 Phi Did not play.
Jun. 9 Phi Did not play.
Jun. 8 @Cin 4 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 1 .258 .297 .397 .694
Jun. 7 @Cin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .293 .395 .688
Jun. 6 @Cin 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .254 .295 .397 .692
Jun. 5 @Cin 4 1 2 1 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .255 .296 .399 .695
Jun. 4 @ChC 4 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 .250 .292 .391 .683
Jun. 3 @ChC 3 1 1 0 0 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .293 .394 .687
Jun. 2 @ChC 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 .249 .289 .379 .668
Jun. 1 LAD 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .253 .289 .385 .674
May. 31 LAD 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .259 .296 .394 .690
May. 30 LAD 4 1 2 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .263 .301 .401 .702
May. 29 LAD 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .258 .296 .380 .676
May. 28 @Col Did not play.
May. 27 @Col 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .264 .303 .390 .693
May. 26 @Col 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .266 .306 .396 .702
May. 25 @LAD 4 0 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .265 .305 .397 .702
Last 7 Games 21 3 6 0 0 3 5 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .286 .286 .714 1.000
Last 14 Games 37 5 10 0 0 3 5 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 .270 .270 .514 .784
Last 30 Games 84 9 22 1 0 5 11 2 12 2 0 0 0 1 .262 .279 .452 .731

Yadier Molina: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2017 60 1
2016 146 2
2015 134 1
2014 107 1 2
2013 132 5
2012 136 3
2011 138 2
2010 135 7
2009 138 6

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Yadier Molina Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017465381.283.522.849
201613814391.304.420.776
201512580142.232.264.577

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017185206204.254.389.673
2016396425492.308.429.790
2015363264471.284.380.689

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017112113142.250.375.668
2016260254263.288.396.734
2015254163271.268.366.678

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2017119146143.269.454.747
2016274314320.325.456.836
2015234181342.274.333.642
Yadier Molina Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 21 AAA MEM 137 120 10.2% 9.5% 1.08 89% .333 .067
2005 22 MAJ STL 421 385 5.5% 7.1% 0.77 92% .254 .106
2006 23 MAJ STL 461 417 5.6% 8.9% 0.63 90% .226 .105
2007 24 MAJ STL 396 353 8.6% 10.9% 0.79 88% .295 .093
2008 25 MAJ STL 485 444 6.6% 6% 1.10 93% .310 .088
2009 26 MAJ STL 544 481 9.2% 7.2% 1.28 92% .309 .090
2010 27 MAJ STL 521 465 8.1% 9.8% 0.82 89% .281 .080
2011 28 MAJ STL 518 475 6.4% 8.5% 0.75 91% .311 .160
2012 29 MAJ STL 563 505 8% 9.8% 0.82 89% .316 .186
2013 30 MAJ STL 541 505 5.5% 10.2% 0.55 89% .338 .158
2014 31 AA SPR 6 6 0% 16.7% 0.00 83% 1.000 .500
2014 31 MAJ STL 445 404 6.3% 12.4% 0.51 86% .307 .104
2015 32 MAJ STL 530 488 6% 11.1% 0.54 88% .295 .080
2016 33 MAJ STL 581 534 6.7% 10.8% 0.62 88% .335 .120
2017 34 MAJ STL 250 231 4.4% 14% 0.31 85% .266 .156
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3-Year Averages     517 475 6.4% 11.4% 0.56 88% .313 .099
Career     6,407 5,822 6.8% 9.7% 0.71 89% .299 .117

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Yadier Molina Defensive Stats

Year Pos Inn PMFinal (?) EXP Tot (?) PM (?) AirPM (?) EPM (?) InnHome (?) PMH (?) InnLHP (?) PMLHP (?) LEFT (?) MID (?) RGHT (?)
2015 C 1149.7 0 0 0 0 638 0 237 0
2016 C 1218.3 0 0 0 0 611 0 263 0
2016 1B 7 0 2 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 C 526.7 0 0 0 0 276 0 61 0
2017 1B 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0
Year Pos SHAL (?) MED (?) DEEP (?) CERS (?) SBRS (?) PSBRS (?) BRS (?) GDPRS (?) OFARS (?) GFPDMERS (?) PMRS (?) SZRS (?) TRS (?)
2015 C 6 1 -1 0 1 0 2 9
2016 C 4 -6 -1 0 2 0 3 2
2016 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017 C -1 2 0 0 0 0 1 2
2017 1B 0 0 0 0 0 0

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2017 Stat Review for Yadier Molina    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)

Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.31 BB/K
WEAK
4.4% BB Rate
POOR
14.0% K Rate
GREAT
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.709 OPS
POOR
.293 OBP
TERRIBLE
Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.260 AVG
WEAK
.266 BABIP
LOW
 
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.416 SLG
WEAK
.156 ISO
WEAK

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Yadier Molina: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Molina (knee) is starting behind the dish and batting fifth Saturday against the Pirates, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

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Molina was scratched from Friday's lineup due to knee soreness, Jenifer Langosch of MLB.com reports.

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Molina went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 8-1 extra-inning win over the Phillies.

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Molina went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Sunday's 8-5 loss to the Orioles.

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Molina went 2-for-3 with a solo home run during Saturday's loss to Baltimore.

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Molina is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers.

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Molina (back) is starting behind the dish and hitting fifth in Game 1 of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Brewers.

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Molina (back) is not in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Phillies.

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Molina (back) was scratched from the lineup for the second consecutive game, Fox Sports Midwest's Jim Hayes reports.

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Molina (back) will be in the lineup at catcher for Saturday's game against the Phillies, Jim Hayes of Fox Sports Midwest reports.

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Molina is out of Friday's lineup against Philadelphia with back stiffness, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2017

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2016

While Molina posted 450-plus at-bats for the sixth time in seven seasons, he also saw his numbers dip for the second consecutive year. Molina hit .270/.310/.350 in 2015 across 488 at-bats, with the .310 OBP mark being his lowest in nine years, and the AVG and SLG haven't been that low since 2010. Thanks to his non-fantasy intangibles like calling games, defense and holding runners, he'll likely be a safe bet for at-bats for fantasy owners but they shouldn't be expecting too much in those at-bats. It's not out of the question that he could have a huge bounce back season and post something close to the .313/.361/.481 slash line he posted from 2011-2013, but it's far more likely we see a much smaller one and we should be prepared for the possibility that his numbers dip even lower in 2016.

2015

Having been arguably the most reliable catcher over the last near-decade, it was only a matter of time before injuries caught up with Molina. Sure enough, he was limited to just 110 games in 2014 largely due to a thumb injury, his lowest number since his rookie year in 2004. Molina still managed decent numbers, posting a .282/.337/.420 line, but his extremely-low flyball rate of 26.6% (over six percent off his career rate) led to a dip in his power numbers with Molina collecting an XBH in just 6.9% of his at-bats, far below the 10.5% rate he had over his prior two seasons. While he may not be quite the player he has been, he should be fully healthy and rested heading into 2015 and is a very good bet to be a top-five catcher again on an improved Cardinals team.

2014

Molina continued on as one of the best catchers in baseball in 2013 hitting .319 thanks to a somewhat high .338 BABIP (he posted marks of .311 and .316 during the previous two campaigns), but nothing to indicate an overwhelming drop in average is coming. He posted the lowest walk rate of his career at 5.5% and it looks like his power may be fading slightly as his HR/FB rate and ISO dropped. Molina struggled with some nagging injuries during the second half and that likely contributed to those numbers falling. Molina won his sixth straight Gold Glove and should still be a top-five fantasy catcher again heading into 2014, even if manager Mike Matheny elects to give his workhorse more consistent rest throughout the season.

2013

Molina has been the best defensive catcher in the league for years, but he's long past the time when the Cardinals - and fantasy owners - had to merely tolerate his offensive stats. He's now a legitimate fantasy superstar at a shallow position, establishing career highs in nearly every significant offensive category in 2012. Despite a few nicks and bruises in 2012, Molina has been remarkably durable, although heavy workloads behind the plate could become more of an issue as he moves into his 30s. Coming off of a season where he slugged a career-high .501, Molina looks poised to deliver another campaign on par with the league's elite backstops.

2012

Molina notched career-highs in many offensive categories, with his 14 home runs nearly doubling the eight home runs he hit way back in 2005. He cracked .300 for the second time in four years, and his .814 OPS was easily his best figure ever. He's always been a defense-first catcher (he won his fourth Gold Glove in a row last year), but if he can repeat his 2011 offensive numbers, he'll be worth a nice amount again this year.

2011

Although Molina won another well-deserved Gold Glove in 2010, his offense, which had been steadily improving the last few years, took a step back. His slash numbers were his lowest since 2006, and he struck out a career-high 51 times. On the other hand, he also drove in a career-high 62 runs and stole eight bases, so given the lack of options, he's still one of the best fantasy catchers in the National League. He's in line to start about 130 games behind the plate again in 2011.

2010

Molina reached career highs in runs, stolen bases, walks, on-base percentage, and OPS in 2009. It was a far cry from three years ago, when it looked like he couldn't hack it as a major league hitter. Now, in addition to being the best defensive catcher in the game, he has a few offensive skills that will help fantasy teams as well. He should be able to hold off Bryan Anderson for a few more years.

2009

Molina keeps getting better and better. He's already the best defensive catcher in the league, but after hitting .304 with 56 RBI - both career bests - he's starting to show plenty of fantasy relevance as well. He's still just 25, so even though Bryan Anderson should be up in the bigs soon, Molina isn't going anywhere. This could be the year he finally makes the All-Star team.

2008

Lost in an injury-plagued season were improvements across the board for Molina. He hit .275/.340/.368 last year, all career highs. Considering these numbers came on the heels of a miserable .216 campaign in 2006, the Cardinals are happy that Molina's offense is starting to catch up with his outstanding defense. Knee surgery ended his season prematurely, but Molina will be ready to serve as the Cards' top backstop again in 2008.

2007

Molina was one of the worst hitters in the National League in 2006, hitting .216 and scoring only 29 runs in 129 games. He’s obviously in the lineup for his defense, but when your own pitchers show more patience and skill with the stick, you know you have a problem. There are some signs that he’s not all that bad—he’s tough to strike out and he has a little bit of doubles power that could turn into home runs eventually. Ten home runs and a .250 batting average in 2007 wouldn’t be a huge surprise, but don’t expect it. A $1 catcher with 200 at-bats could end up being more valuable than the full-time Molina.

2006

Molina is a future gold-glover and showed flashes offensively in his first year as the Cardinals backstop. He could develop some power when he matures as a hitter, although the eight homers in 2005 aren't bad after missing six weeks with a fractured hand. You could do worse than taking a flyer on him.

2005

Molina wows with his arm and defense and teases with his bat. He's been major-league ready behind the mask for a couple of years but he's never shown very much with a bat in his hands. Cardinals coaches think he could develop some power and his 13/20 BB/K ratio shows a hitter patient enough to learn how to hit. The Cardinals will likely turn full-time duties over to him after the departure of Mike Matheny. However, Molina may need some more time in the minors to hone his offensive skills.

2004

His stat lines look terrible, but there was some improvement during 2003, and Molina turned 21 at midseason, making him very young for the Southern League. Like his brothers, he gets raves for his work behind the plate. Unlike them, he might someday be an asset at the plate. No fantasy value until 2005, maybe later.