Andrew Knizner
Andrew Knizner
26-Year-Old CatcherC
St. Louis Cardinals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
There have been a few catchers of the future in St. Louis throughout Yadier Molina's 30s, and Knizner might be the one in the right place at the right time when the veteran finally leaves town. He made the expanded Opening Day roster as a third catcher but received very few opportunities throughout the season, coming to the plate just 17 times, a sample small enough that analyzing his .250/.235/.313 slash line would be a waste of time. Knizner's minor-league numbers and prospect reports are worth most of the attention if the Cardinals don't bring in anyone to start ahead of him over the winter. He's considered an offense-first backstop, which is what you'd want for fantasy purposes but which means his shaky glove puts a lot of pressure on his bat if he's to remain in the lineup. His 99 wRC+ at the Triple-A level in 2019 hardly suggests he's about to tear up the league, but he could still be a useful option. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#560
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Not starting Game 2
CSt. Louis Cardinals
May 5, 2021
Knizner is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Knizer started Game 1 and will head to the bench after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Ali Sanchez will take over behind the plate in the nightcap for the Cardinals.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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vs Left-Handed Pitchers
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+13%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+30%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+15%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+83%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .532 25 1 0 2 0 .208 .240 .292
Since 2019vs Right .602 105 14 2 10 2 .221 .286 .316
2021vs Left .633 10 1 0 1 0 .222 .300 .333
2021vs Right .486 45 6 0 0 0 .195 .267 .220
2020vs Left .600 5 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400
2020vs Right .523 12 1 0 4 0 .273 .250 .273
2019vs Left .400 10 0 0 1 0 .200 .200 .200
2019vs Right .731 48 7 2 6 2 .233 .313 .419
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2021
 
 
+49%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
-100%
OPS on Road
2019
Even Split
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .606 62 6 1 4 0 .228 .290 .316
Since 2019Away .571 68 9 1 8 2 .210 .265 .306
2021Home .578 36 4 0 1 0 .242 .306 .273
2021Away .387 19 3 0 0 0 .118 .211 .176
2020Home .000 1 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2020Away .583 16 1 0 4 0 .267 .250 .333
2019Home .671 25 2 1 3 0 .217 .280 .391
2019Away .670 33 5 1 4 2 .233 .303 .367
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Knizner compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.44
 
BB Rate
7.3%
 
K Rate
16.4%
 
BABIP
.244
 
ISO
.060
 
AVG
.200
 
OBP
.273
 
SLG
.260
 
OPS
.533
 
wOBA
.231
 
Exit Velocity
81.5 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
14.6%
 
Barrels/PA
1.9%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
2020
2019
Knizner got his first taste of the majors in 2019, appearing in 18 games with the Cardinals. He didn't do much during his time in the big leagues, hitting .226 in 58 plate appearances. It would be rash to rush to judgment based on the limited sample size as Knizner has demonstrated a much more impressive hitting acumen in the minors. He hit a solid .276 in 66 games with Triple-A Memphis in 2019 after batting well above .300 across two levels over the previous two seasons. While Knizner's 24.1 K% in the majors last season took a toll on his batting average, his strikeout rate has never exceeded 13.2% in any minor-league campaign, thus it's fair to expect less whiffs from Knizner as he adjusts to major-league pitching. Knizner has been tapped as the successor to Yadier Molina in St. Louis, and that transition should accelerate in 2020 if Knizner is able to hold down a full-season backup gig.
With Carson Kelly shipped to Arizona in the Paul Goldschmidt trade, Knizner now lines up as Yadier Molina's backup and heir apparent behind the plate in St. Louis. With above-average batting lines at every stop of his three-year professional career, he offers enough offensive value to mostly offset his relatively poor defense. He hit .313/.365/.434 (119 wRC+) in 77 games for Double-A Springfield last year and followed that up with a similar .315/.383/.407 line (114 wRC+) in 17 games with Triple-A Memphis. Despite that short amount of time in Triple-A, Knizner will have a good shot to break camp on the 25-man roster. The 36-year-old Molina has received at least 500 plate appearances in nine of the last 10 years and was an All-Star yet again last season, but he's bound to break down at some point.
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Good beginning to starting tenure
CSt. Louis Cardinals
April 28, 2021
Knizner, who's set to serve as the primary catcher for the time being with Yadier Molina (foot) on the injured list, went 2-for-4 with a run in a win over the Phillies on Tuesday.
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Productive in first start
CSt. Louis Cardinals
April 14, 2021
Knizner, making his first start of the season in Tuesday's win over the Nationals, went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run.
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Raking early in spring play
CSt. Louis Cardinals
March 6, 2021
Knizner, who went 2-for-3 with two runs in a Grapefruit League loss to the Nationals on Friday, is 4-for-8 with a double, two RBI and four runs overall across three spring games.
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Pivotal year on tap
CSt. Louis Cardinals
February 20, 2021
Knizner is preparing for the possibility of filling a variety of roles this coming season and has reported to spring training with a holistically impressive mindset, Zachary Silver of MLB.com reports. "Kiz has really done a nice job," manager Mike Shildt said. "He's off to a good start to camp, he's in a good place physically and mentally."
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Moves up to big club
CSt. Louis Cardinals
September 30, 2020
The Cardinals added Knizner to their 28-man roster Wednesday ahead of the team's wild-card series with the Padres, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.
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