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Birth Date7-13-1982
Height5' 11"
Weight205 lbs
Age36 years, 9 months, 7 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2004 SLN 21 51 151 36 6 0 2 13 20 0 0 1 .267 .329 .356 92 -1.2 -0.8 5.5 1.0
2005 SLN 22 114 421 97 15 1 8 23 30 2 2 3 .252 .295 .358 80 -10.0 -4.3 16.8 2.2
2006 SLN 23 129 461 90 26 0 6 26 41 8 1 2 .216 .274 .321 62 -20.4 -6.0 16.3 1.2
2007 SLN 24 111 396 97 15 0 6 34 43 3 1 1 .275 .340 .368 92 -2.5 -3.2 11.3 2.4
2008 SLN 25 124 485 135 18 0 7 32 29 1 0 2 .304 .349 .392 100 1.0 -3.7 25.4 4.5
2009 SLN 26 140 544 141 23 1 6 50 39 6 9 3 .293 .366 .383 103 3.6 -3.5 23.1 4.9
2010 SLN 27 136 521 122 19 0 6 42 51 7 8 4 .262 .329 .342 92 -4.1 -3.8 29.0 4.6
2011 SLN 28 139 518 145 32 1 14 33 44 1 4 5 .305 .349 .465 117 10.4 -4.8 20.2 5.1
2012 SLN 29 138 563 159 28 0 22 45 55 5 12 3 .315 .373 .501 143 27.8 -4.3 29.2 8.2
2013 SLN 30 136 541 161 44 0 12 30 55 3 3 2 .319 .359 .477 126 16.5 -5.6 30.1 6.9
2014 SLN 31 110 445 114 21 0 7 28 55 6 1 1 .282 .333 .386 100 0.2 -2.5 7.2 2.5
2015 SLN 32 136 530 132 23 2 4 32 59 0 3 1 .270 .310 .350 84 -7.9 -4.9 16.9 2.9
2016 SLN 33 147 581 164 38 1 8 39 63 6 3 2 .307 .360 .427 107 6.3 -7.7 11.7 3.8
2017 SLN 34 136 543 137 27 1 18 28 74 4 9 4 .273 .312 .439 102 3.3 -4.5 6.0 3.0
2018 SLN 35 123 503 120 20 0 20 29 66 9 4 3 .261 .314 .436 111 8.0 -2.3 1.4 3.1
2019 SLN 36 16 69 15 5 0 1 3 6 0 0 0 .227 .261 .348 84 -1.9 -0.5 -0.4 0.0
Career1886727218653607147487730616037.282.334.40510229.1-62.5249.756.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2001 JCY Rk APL 44 175 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PEO A MDW 112 430 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEN AA SOU 104 397 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLN MLB NL 51 151 .262 .329 .426 .298 95 -4.2 4.5 2.7 92 11 5.5 -0.8 -1.2 1.0
2004 MEM AAA PCL 37 150 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SLN MLB NL 114 421 .272 .335 .437 .254 102 -12.5 12.1 7.4 80 8 16.8 -4.3 -10.0 2.2
2006 SLN MLB NL 129 461 .269 .334 .437 .226 93 -30.3 13.9 8.4 62 9 16.3 -6.0 -20.4 1.2
2007 SLN MLB NL 111 396 .265 .331 .420 .295 101 -9.6 11.8 7 92 12 11.3 -3.2 -2.5 2.4
2008 SLN MLB NL 124 485 .267 .334 .423 .310 96 -3.1 14.0 8.1 100 12 25.4 -3.7 1.0 4.5
2009 SLN MLB NL 140 544 .257 .327 .413 .309 91 1.2 15.6 9.4 103 9 23.1 -3.5 3.6 4.9
2010 SLN MLB NL 136 521 .261 .327 .407 .281 89 -3.8 14.4 8.7 92 7 29.0 -3.8 -4.1 4.6
2011 SLN MLB NL 139 518 .258 .322 .403 .311 96 13.4 14.0 8.4 117 10 20.2 -4.8 10.4 5.1
2012 SLN MLB NL 138 563 .256 .318 .405 .316 98 31.2 15.4 9.2 143 8 29.2 -4.3 27.8 8.2
2012 CAR Wnt PWL 14 58 .000 .000 .000 .213 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SLN MLB NL 136 541 .252 .313 .392 .338 101 20 14.2 8.3 126 8 30.1 -5.6 16.5 6.9
2013 PUR int WBC 5 20 .000 .000 .000 .438 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 SLN MLB NL 110 445 .251 .312 .388 .307 103 -2.1 11.5 6.6 100 8 7.2 -2.5 0.2 2.5
2014 SFD AA TEX 2 6 .260 .334 .387 1.000 100 3 0.2 0.1 269 0 -0.1 0.4 1.0 0.2
2015 SLN MLB NL 136 530 .256 .317 .404 .295 94 -9.2 14.3 8.5 84 5 16.9 -4.9 -7.9 2.9
2016 SLN MLB NL 147 581 .255 .322 .422 .335 91 13.3 16.4 9.8 107 7 11.7 -7.7 6.3 3.8
2017 SLN MLB NL 136 543 .255 .324 .428 .285 94 0.4 15.9 9.6 102 13 6.0 -4.5 3.3 3.0
2018 SLN MLB NL 123 503 .250 .317 .416 .264 93 7.9 14.1 8.4 111 9 1.4 -2.3 8.0 3.1
2018 SFD AA TEX 2 7 .274 .357 .420 .000 102 -0.7 0.2 0.1 17 0 -0.2 0.0 -0.7 -0.1
2019 SLN MLB NL 17 74 .239 .311 .426 .234 92 -3.4 2.1 1.2 84 19 -0.5 -0.1 -1.9 0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2001 JCY Rk APL 175 158 18 41 11 0 4 64 18 12 23 1 1 .259 .324 .405 .146 0 0
2002 PEO A MDW 430 393 39 110 20 0 7 151 50 21 36 2 7 .280 .329 .384 .104 4 4
2003 TEN AA SOU 397 364 32 100 13 1 2 121 51 25 45 0 1 .275 .330 .332 .058 0 0
2004 SLN MLB NL 151 135 12 36 6 0 2 48 15 13 20 0 1 .267 .329 .356 .089 1 2
2004 MEM AAA PCL 150 129 19 39 6 0 1 48 14 17 14 0 0 .302 .392 .372 .070 0 0
2005 SLN MLB NL 421 385 36 97 15 1 8 138 49 23 30 2 3 .252 .295 .358 .106 3 8
2006 SLN MLB NL 461 417 29 90 26 0 6 134 49 26 41 1 2 .216 .274 .321 .106 2 8
2007 SLN MLB NL 396 353 30 97 15 0 6 130 40 34 43 1 1 .275 .340 .368 .093 4 2
2008 SLN MLB NL 485 444 37 135 18 0 7 174 56 32 29 0 2 .304 .349 .392 .088 5 3
2009 SLN MLB NL 544 481 45 141 23 1 6 184 54 50 39 9 3 .293 .366 .383 .089 1 6
2010 SLN MLB NL 521 465 34 122 19 0 6 159 62 42 51 8 4 .262 .329 .342 .080 5 2
2011 SLN MLB NL 518 475 55 145 32 1 14 221 65 33 44 4 5 .305 .349 .465 .160 4 5
2012 SLN MLB NL 563 505 65 159 28 0 22 253 76 45 55 12 3 .315 .373 .501 .186 5 3
2012 CAR Wnt PWL 58 52 2 12 1 0 2 19 10 5 4 1 1 .231 .293 .365 .135 1 0
2013 PUR int WBC 20 19 2 7 0 0 0 7 0 1 3 1 0 .368 .400 .368 .000 0 0
2013 SLN MLB NL 541 505 68 161 44 0 12 241 80 30 55 3 2 .319 .359 .477 .158 3 0
2014 SFD AA TEX 6 6 2 5 3 0 0 8 2 0 1 0 0 .833 .833 1.333 .500 0
2014 SLN MLB NL 445 404 40 114 21 0 7 156 38 28 55 1 1 .282 .333 .386 .104 6
2015 SLN MLB NL 530 488 34 132 23 2 4 171 61 32 59 3 1 .270 .310 .350 .080 9 1
2016 SLN MLB NL 581 534 56 164 38 1 8 228 58 39 63 3 2 .307 .360 .427 .120 2 0
2017 SLN MLB NL 543 501 60 137 27 1 18 220 82 28 74 9 4 .273 .312 .439 .166 9 1
2018 SLN MLB NL 503 459 55 120 20 0 20 200 74 29 66 4 3 .261 .314 .436 .174 6 0
2018 SFD AA TEX 7 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .000 1 0
2019 SLN MLB NL 74 71 6 16 6 0 1 25 9 3 6 0 0 .225 .257 .352 .127 0 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2008 1572 0.4917 0.5344 0.8976 0.7115 0.3630 0.9309 0.8345 0.1024 -0.0073
2009 1947 0.4956 0.4967 0.8583 0.7088 0.2882 0.8830 0.7986 0.1417 -0.0150
2010 1869 0.4997 0.4890 0.8556 0.6884 0.2898 0.8849 0.7860 0.1444 -0.0159
2011 1779 0.4868 0.5076 0.8782 0.6663 0.3571 0.9081 0.8252 0.1218 -0.0116
2012 1911 0.4793 0.5123 0.8376 0.7107 0.3296 0.8740 0.7652 0.1624 -0.0129
2013 1873 0.4896 0.5350 0.8603 0.7361 0.3421 0.8993 0.7798 0.1397 -0.0091
2014 1664 0.4766 0.4934 0.8502 0.6759 0.3272 0.8993 0.7579 0.1498 -0.0144
2015 1796 0.4800 0.5412 0.8292 0.7320 0.3651 0.8637 0.7654 0.1708 -0.0100
2016 2056 0.4796 0.5331 0.8476 0.7099 0.3701 0.8700 0.8081 0.1524 0.0000
2017 1986 0.4819 0.5217 0.8098 0.6750 0.3790 0.8437 0.7538 0.1902 0.0000
2018 1968 0.4848 0.5259 0.8271 0.6929 0.3688 0.8699 0.7513 0.1729 0.0000
2019 191 0.5026 0.5393 0.8058 0.6771 0.4000 0.8923 0.6579 0.1942 0.0000
Career206120.48610.51760.84860.70060.34420.88300.78230.1514-0.0085

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-10 2014-08-29 15-DL 50 40 Right Thumb Surgery Ligament 2014-07-11
2013-09-03 2013-09-03 DTD 0 0 Left Wrist Inflammation - -
2013-07-31 2013-08-15 15-DL 15 14 Right Knee Sprain - -
2013-07-06 2013-07-09 DTD 3 2 Right Knee Inflammation - -
2012-09-23 2012-09-24 DTD 1 1 - Low Back Spasms - -
2012-08-29 2012-08-30 DTD 1 1 - Upper Back Strain Player Collision At The Plate - -
2012-08-25 2012-08-26 DTD 1 1 - Ankle Stiffness From Sprained Ankle Earlier - -
2012-08-15 2012-08-18 DTD 3 3 - Low Back Tightness - -
2012-08-02 2012-08-03 DTD 1 1 Right Thumb Sprain - -
2012-05-27 2012-05-27 DTD 0 0 - General Medical Illness Dehydration - -
2012-05-09 2012-05-11 DTD 2 1 - Hand Contusion - -
2011-09-03 2011-09-05 DTD 2 2 Left Lower Leg Soreness Calf - -
2011-05-27 2011-05-27 DTD 0 0 Ankle Soreness -
2010-09-22 2010-10-04 DTD 12 12 Right Knee Soreness -
2010-09-08 2010-09-09 DTD 1 1 Right Knee Soreness -
2010-08-27 2010-08-29 DTD 2 2 Right Knee Soreness -
2010-03-25 2010-04-05 Camp 11 0 Right Abdomen Strain Oblique -
2009-09-27 2009-10-01 DTD 4 3 Left Knee Contusion Foul Tip -
2009-06-28 2009-06-30 DTD 2 2 Thigh Contusion Quadriceps From Collision -
2008-09-15 2008-09-28 DTD 13 12 Left Thigh Contusion Quadriceps -
2008-09-11 2008-09-11 On-Alr 0 0 Right Shoulder Contusion Player Collision -
2008-09-11 2008-09-14 DTD 3 3 Left Thigh Contusion Quadriceps From Collision -
2008-08-20 2008-08-22 DTD 2 1 Left Foot Contusion -
2008-06-16 2008-06-20 DTD 4 3 Head Other Possible Concussion and Whiplash From Player Collision At Home Plate -
2007-09-22 2007-10-01 DTD 9 9 Right Knee Surgery Meniscus 2007-09-24
2007-09-08 2007-09-09 DTD 1 1 Head Concussion Foul Tip -
2007-05-30 2007-06-29 15-DL 30 26 Left Wrist Fracture -
2007-03-22 2007-03-27 Camp 5 0 Right Shoulder Soreness -
2007-03-07 2007-03-08 Camp 1 0 Left Ankle Sprain -
2006-08-24 2006-08-30 DTD 6 5 Right Elbow Inflammation Tendonitis -
2006-07-07 2006-07-08 DTD 1 1 Head Concussion HBP -
2005-07-08 2005-08-18 15-DL 41 35 Right Hand Fracture 5th Metacarpal HBP -
2005-06-02 2005-06-03 DTD 1 1 Left Ankle Soreness -
2005-05-09 2005-05-12 DTD 3 3 Left Ankle Sprain -
2004-09-03 2004-09-07 DTD 4 4 Right Knee Contusion Foul Ball -
2004-05-27 - Minors - - Thigh Strain Hamstring - ----

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2020 SLN $20,000,000
2019 SLN $20,000,000
2018 SLN $20,000,000
2017 SLN $14,200,000
2016 SLN $14,200,000
2015 SLN $15,200,000
2014 SLN $15,200,000
2013 SLN $14,200,000
2012 SLN $7,000,000
2011 SLN $5,312,500
2010 SLN $4,312,500
2009 SLN $3,312,500
2008 SLN $1,750,000
2007 SLN $525,000
2006 SLN $400,000
2005 SLN $323,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
14 yrPrevious$115,936,000
2019Current$20,000,000
15 yrPvs + Cur$135,936,000
1 yrFuture$20,000,000
16 yrTotal$155,936,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
14 y 123 dMelvin Roman5 years/$75M (2013-17), option

Details
  • 3 years/$60M (2018-20). Signed extension with St. Louis 4/2/17. 18:$20M, 19:$20M, 20:$20M.
  • 5 years/$75M (2013-17), plus 2018 mutual option. Signed extension with St. Louis 3/1/12. $1M signing bonus (paid within 30 days of approval of deal). 13:$14M, 14:$15M, 15:$15M, 16:$14M, 17:$14M, 18:$15M mutual option, $2M buyout. No-trade clause. Award bonus: $50,000 for All-Star selection.
  • 4 years/$15.5M (2008-11) plus 2012 club option. Signed extension with St. Louis 1/20/08 (avoided arbitration). $0.25M signing bonus. 08:$1.75M, 09:$3.25M, 10:$4.25M, 11:$5.25M, 12:$7M club option, $0.75M buyout. Option increases to $7.5M if traded. Award bonus: $50,000 for Gold Glove. St. Louis exercised $7M option for 2012 10/31/11.
  • 1 year/$0.525M (2007). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/07.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2006). Re-signed by St. Louis 2/06.
  • 1 year/$0.3235M (2005). Re-signed by St. Louis 3/05.
  • 1 year (2004). Recalled by St. Louis 6/04.
  • Drafted by St. Louis 2000 (4-113) (Maestro Ladi HS, Vega Alta, Puerto Rico.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ VORP FRAA WARP
90o 503 60 138 29 1 15 63 36 69 6 3 .303 .359 .469 124 38.9 C -1 3.9
80o 488 57 129 27 1 14 59 34 69 5 3 .291 .347 .451 118 32.8 C -1 3.3
70o 476 54 123 26 1 13 56 33 68 5 3 .283 .340 .438 114 28.6 C -1 2.9
60o 467 52 119 25 1 13 54 31 67 5 2 .279 .333 .434 111 25.3 C -1 2.5
50o 458 50 114 24 1 12 52 30 67 5 2 .272 .325 .420 107 22.2 C -1 2.2
40o 449 48 110 23 1 12 50 29 66 4 2 .268 .321 .416 104 19.1 C -1 1.9
30o 440 46 104 22 1 11 48 28 65 4 2 .258 .311 .400 100 16.1 C -1 1.5
20o 428 44 99 21 1 10 46 26 64 4 2 .251 .303 .386 96 12.6 C -1 1.2
10o 413 40 92 19 1 10 43 24 63 4 2 .241 .291 .375 90 8.0 C -1 0.8
Weighted Mean459501142411253306752.271.325.41910822.6C -12.2

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2019-02-25 16:00:00 (link to chat)Danny Jansen looks like a lock to start in Toronto. What are realistic expectations for his stat line in 2019?
(CubbieBear from Chi-Town)
Yup, he's pretty much a lock. Conventional wisdom (and ADP) has a clear top-8 at the position, but I'm not so sure that Jansen doesn't outperform a Willson Contreras or Yadier Molina by season's end. PECOTA has .235/14/49/48/2 in 412 PA. I'll push the average up to .250, and the RBI up by 5-10, but otherwise this looks right to me. (Jon Hegglund)
2016-09-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you give me the pros and cons of Chris Okey? Is thought to be able to stay at catcher?
(Gest from Oh)
Pros: He's got some pop from the right side, and he should be able to stay at catcher.
Cons: Long swing, and not going to remind anyone of Yadier Molina behind the plate.

I see a backup catcher. There's nothing wrong with that, but I was surprised that he was a top 50 selection. (Christopher Crawford)
2015-07-23 17:00:00 (link to chat)My dynasty league appears to hate catchers...Derek Norris, Yan Gomes, and Yadier Molina are all on waivers in a very deep 12-teamer, and there is NO trade market (other than when I overpayed for Sal Perez in my first year in the league and didn't know about the value of catchers until Brian McCann was dropped for David Murphy). Is this the case for all dynasty leagues?
(John from Texas)
I don't play in any dynasty leagues. I would assume that given the keep forever nature of dynasty that the finite shelf life of catchers would make this more likely than in a Roto or redraft. But I'd have to ask our dynasty experts.

Bret?

BRET?!?!?!? (Mike Gianella)
2015-06-18 13:00:00 (link to chat)I was in the ballpark for Austin Hedges' first career homer yesterday. What are the odds he ever becomes a starter?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Are we talking about starting for a few seasons, or for half a decade? If it's the former, then I would say very high. This isn't a Christian Bethancourt situation, where Hedges is 90 percent arm and nothing else. Hedges is a more complete defender, and I think we've seen how those types can latch on as starters without producing much with the bat-be it Mike Matheny, Brad Ausmus, young Yadier Molina, Jose Molina, Rene Rivera, whoever. Is a team going to build around Hedges, or make him a lifer? No; he's not going to hit enough for that-but employing Hedges as a starter until they find an upgrade? Yeah. Absolutely. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-11-04 18:00:00 (link to chat)Any info on the Cardinals' attempts to develop an in-house catching backup for Yadier Molina who's better than Tony Cruz (which isn't a very high bar)? Does Carson Kelly have a realistic chance of becoming adequate? Are there others I don't know about? Yadi isn't going to last forever...
(Bill from New Mexico)
I do think Kelly has some potential to help at the MLB level, but it could still take a while for him to get there. I've heard encouraging reports on the early progress he's made behind the plate, and I there is hope for the bat. Kelly may arrive in time to help the transition from Molina, but I'm not sure he's going to be ready in time to be a viable backup instead of Cruz in the short term. (Mark Anderson)
2014-07-28 19:00:00 (link to chat)Which baseball player would be the best at curling?
(Beau from San Francisco)
Justin Morneau, born in British Columbia. I would also pay too much money to watch Yadier Molina try it and become terrific at it. (Matt Sussman)
2014-07-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to the chat room! Got any idea why the Cardinals found it necessary to defenestrate George Kottaras so quickly as Yadier Molina stand-in? Is he THAT bad at catcher defense? Supporting evidence?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Yeah, he is. In 2013 he put up -33 runs per 7000 pitches. That's really bad. Worse than Salty, and worse than A.J. Ellis (who admits he's a terrible framer). (Noah Woodward)
2014-02-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)Harry! I just read that your pitch-framing data credits Yadier Molina with +157(!) runs over the past 5 years. Added to his bWAR, fWAR, WARP, or any other yardstick I know of, Molina would suddenly and *easily* be baseball's best player over that timeframe (5-6 WAR better than Miggy Cabrera). Does it (1)make sense to you, or (2)make you want to re-appraise your own numbers?
(Bullwinkle J. Mussolini from Whassamatta U.)
Makes sense, and I feel very good about the numbers we have. They'll be released on BP and Brooksbaseball.net this month, along with blocking, maybe a new look at throwing and some new stuff on game calling. (Harry Pavlidis)
2014-01-29 19:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think of Tucker Barnhart? How do you evaluate and predict a catchers defensive ability, game management, and all those other "intangibles" for a catcher. Maybe those skills don't directly relate to fantasy, but I think they indirectly affect your pitchers (especially the young ones---see Yadier Molina). I guess what I am asking is who is the next (either in the 2014 draft or in MiLB) Ron Karkovice, Gary Carter, Jim Sundberg, Roy Campanella and in my humble opinion, Yadier Molina?
(Eli from Boston)
This is probably a better question for Parks and the MiLB crew here. I'm not super familiar with Barnhart, as he's not a fantasy asset. I can tell you that the best defensive catching prospect right now is Austin Hedges, and Mr. Hedges is not a Top 100 fantasy name. (Ben Carsley)
2013-09-27 13:00:00 (link to chat)What major league position player would you most like to see on the mound?
(Seth from Detroit)
Yadier Molina or Andrelton Simmons. (Mark Anderson)
2013-06-20 13:00:00 (link to chat)Would offering Victor Martinez and Julio Teheran for Yadier Molina in an 11-team points league where pretty much everything counts and there are 7 freezers per year be an insult?
(Yatchisin from Spitball City)
No, you're trying to cash in on Teheran's hotness. I don't think it'll get accepted, but it's not a ludicrous initial salvo to test the waters. I hate when people offer AJ Ellis & Jason Marquis for Yadi Molina and act like that's a reasonable way to test the waters. (Paul Sporer)
2013-04-30 12:00:00 (link to chat)14 team dynasty league. Who wins long term? Wieters and Starlin Castro for Yadier Molina and Andrus?
(Carl from MD)
I'm not sure either side loses. Both sides get a lot of talent. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-09-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Does Yadier Molina have a legit shot at NL MVP over Posey/Braun? Who's the NL Cy Young?
(Brian_K from Missouri)
I kinda don't think so, which is a shame, because Yadi has had a ridiculous year. I'm sure he's getting a ton of press in STL, but you don't hear much about him in the national MSM. I think it's Posey's to lose right now. He's got everything going for him: the comeback from injury, a division win, and (obviously) he's been playing like a house a'fire since the ASB.

NL Cy Young? Hell, I don't know. I thought Kershaw would run away with it, but this injury has been terrible for his chances. Totally up in the air now, I reckon. (Ian Miller)
2012-08-30 13:30:00 (link to chat)The splattering of Yadier Molina by Josh Harrison in a home-plate collision is renewing calls for rule changes to reduce the number of injuries from catcher/runner impacts. Got an opinion on that?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I'm generally anti-splattering, unless insects are involved. Real insects, not just Hunter Pence. (Ben Lindbergh)
2012-07-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Can you rank the top 5 catchers for the rest of 2012 in an obp league?
(Jim from NY)
1- Buster Posey
2- Joe Mauer
3- Yadier Molina
4- Brian McCann
5- Mike Napoli

Miguel Montero and Matt Wieters could easily jump into the mix. (Josh Shepardson)
2012-06-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)Picture this: Dickey deserves to make (and possibly start) the ASG. However, none of the presumed NL all-star catchers have experience catching a knuckler. Dickey lobbies to have Josh Thole added to roster as his "personal catcher". Request is turned down because now ... "the game counts" and Thole is not worthy of a spot on the roster. Comments?
(dianagram from VORGville)
Personally, I want Zack Greinke to start the All-Star Game just because it's in Kansas City. Others, like Dickey, are more likely candidates though.

As for the scenario, it's interesting. I can see it being a possibility, complete with Thole not making it. And I wouldn't be too saddened by it. Catchers may not be used to catching the knuckler, but I bet they can if necessary (especially for 2 innings). the more important consideration, though, is what La Russa thinks about catchers catching the knuckler. I bet he'd be happy to give Yadier Molina that chance. If Brian McCann is the starter though, he might think differently... (Larry Granillo)
2010-12-14 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any guesses on what blackmail material Tony LaRussa has on John Mozeliak in order to force him into make all these moves (Trade Ryan, keep Skip, sign Laird, etc)?
(Andy from Chicago)
One way to think of it is that this is one of those slow-motion divorces where one side's going to give the other everything it wants, so that he can choke on it. Schumaker has no business being a starting second baseman in the major leagues, but Laird's a fairly reasonable fall-back position in case anything bad happened to Yadier Molina, because he's at least durable, and if you're down a starting catcher, that's handy. (Christina Kahrl)
2010-03-26 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is Russell Martin just done? Are speedy catchers just always prey to Sick Boy's theory of acting from Trainspotting?
(Cory from LA)
I'm reasonably optimistic, particularly given that he's back to playing ball and won't miss Opening Day due to the groin problem.

You know, for all of the flaws he showed last year, Martin was still the most valuable catcher in the NL this side of Brian McCann and Yadier Molina according to WARP.

All that said, I don't get Trainspotting reference. How does Sean Connery's career fit into all of this? (Jay Jaffe)
2010-03-04 13:00:00 (link to chat)Are you aware of any fantasy-baseball-like games out there that give defense its due? One reason why I have a hard time getting interested in fantasy is that it seems to chronically undervalue guys like Franklin Gutierrez, Yadier Molina (and the other Molinas to some extent), etc., whose gloves are what make them stars. Are there leagues and systems that might scratch that itch?
(Bill from New Mexico)
I haven't seen any leagues with good defensive statistics, just the basic kind I would never use in analysis. I did play in Ball on a Budget at Beyond the Box Score last year, and that used WAR, so defense was included. (Marc Normandin)


BP Roundtables

DateRoundtable NameComment
2010-07-13 16:30:00All-Star GameAlso more of an offensive threat than Yadier Molina: most of the catchers watching from home. (Marc Normandin)
2010-04-05 09:30:00Season Opener RoundtableYadier Molina with a granny in the ninth and Reds fans are not happy. (David Laurila)

Advanced Catching Metrics

Year lvl CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2004 MLB .015 6.0 1557 .000 -0.2 14 -.011 .000 0.1 6.1 5.5
2005 MLB .010 10.0 4221 .000 0.2 36 -.207 .000 4.7 19.5 16.8
2006 MLB .008 10.4 5089 -.001 1.1 55 -.096 -.009 4.0 18.3 16.3
2007 MLB .003 3.6 4220 .000 0.3 47 -.188 -.004 5.5 9.8 11.3
2008 MLB .022 22.3 4807 -.002 2.3 42 -.018 -.008 0.7 28.3 25.4
2009 MLB .012 15.7 5472 -.002 3.4 50 -.052 -.007 1.9 23.8 23.1
2010 MLB .016 18.1 5228 -.003 4.6 63 -.101 -.006 4.0 28.0 29.0
2011 MLB .015 16.0 5284 -.003 4.3 62 .000 -.010 0.9 21.7 20.2
2012 MLB .016 16.6 5354 -.002 2.5 68 -.143 -.002 6.0 26.3 29.2
2013 MLB .023 23.4 4960 -.004 4.8 40 -.033 -.019 0.9 29.3 30.1
2014 AA -.006 -0.1 53 .000 0.0 0 .000 -.002 0.0 1.5 -0.1
2014 MLB .004 3.7 3996 -.001 1.4 40 -.096 -.009 2.2 8.1 7.2
2015 MLB .011 11.9 5334 -.001 1.5 56 -.066 -.006 2.4 15.4 16.9
2016 MLB .008 10.4 5999 -.001 1.6 66 .030 -.010 -0.9 10.7 11.7
2017 MLB .005 6.4 5457 .000 0.2 52 -.065 -.010 2.2 9.3 6.0
2018 AA -.009 -0.2 67 -.001 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 0.2 -0.2
2018 MLB .002 2.3 5154 -.001 1.2 26 -.009 -.010 0.1 3.5 1.4
2019 MLB -.005 -0.9 709 .000 0.0 5 .010 .000 0.0 -1.2 -0.5

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PITCHf/x Hitter Profile

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