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Birth Date7-13-1982
Height5' 11"
Weight205 lbs
Age36 years, 0 months, 9 days
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WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2004 SLN 21 51 151 135 12 36 6 0 2 48 13 20 0 1 2 15 0 1 .267 .329 .356 .235 2.2 6.4 0.8
2005 SLN 22 114 421 385 36 97 15 1 8 138 23 30 2 3 8 49 2 3 .252 .295 .358 .232 2.7 18.3 2.1
2006 SLN 23 129 461 417 29 90 26 0 6 134 26 41 8 2 8 49 1 2 .216 .274 .321 .201 -14.1 17.1 0.3
2007 SLN 24 111 396 353 30 97 15 0 6 130 34 43 3 4 2 40 1 1 .275 .340 .368 .238 6.0 11.9 1.8
2008 SLN 25 124 485 444 37 135 18 0 7 174 32 29 1 5 3 56 0 2 .304 .349 .392 .254 15.3 25.4 4.1
2009 SLN 26 140 544 481 45 141 23 1 6 184 50 39 6 1 6 54 9 3 .293 .366 .383 .262 22.7 23.1 4.6
2010 SLN 27 136 521 465 34 122 19 0 6 159 42 51 7 5 2 62 8 4 .262 .329 .342 .253 15.5 29.0 4.7
2011 SLN 28 139 518 475 55 145 32 1 14 221 33 44 1 4 5 65 4 5 .305 .349 .465 .286 30.9 20.2 5.4
2012 SLN 29 138 563 505 65 159 28 0 22 253 45 55 5 5 3 76 12 3 .315 .373 .501 .315 51.1 29.2 8.5
2013 SLN 30 136 541 505 68 161 44 0 12 241 30 55 3 3 0 80 3 2 .319 .359 .477 .297 36.3 30.1 7.2
2014 SLN 31 110 445 404 40 114 21 0 7 156 28 55 6 6 38 1 1 .282 .333 .386 .256 14.0 7.2 2.3
2015 SLN 32 136 530 488 34 132 23 2 4 171 32 59 0 9 1 61 3 1 .270 .310 .350 .239 7.3 16.9 2.6
2016 SLN 33 147 581 534 56 164 38 1 8 228 39 63 6 2 0 58 3 2 .307 .360 .427 .278 29.0 11.7 4.2
2017 SLN 34 136 543 501 60 137 27 1 18 220 28 74 4 9 1 82 9 4 .273 .312 .439 .260 21.0 6.0 2.7
2018 SLN 35 68 266 239 29 67 8 0 13 114 17 36 4 6 0 42 3 1 .280 .331 .477 .299 21.3 2.0 2.4
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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 G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2001 JCY Rk 44 175 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .282 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PEO A 112 430 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .291 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEN AA 104 397 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .309 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLN MLB 51 151 .235 .262 .329 .426 .263 .298 95 -4.2 4.5 2.7 6.4 -0.8 2.2 0.8 2.2 0.8
2004 MEM AAA 37 150 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .333 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 SLN MLB 114 421 .232 .272 .335 .437 .267 .254 102 -12.5 12.1 7.4 18.3 -4.3 2.7 2.1 2.7 2.1
2006 SLN MLB 129 461 .201 .269 .334 .437 .265 .226 93 -30.3 13.9 8.4 17.1 -6.0 -14.1 0.3 -14.1 0.3
2007 SLN MLB 111 396 .238 .265 .331 .420 .258 .295 101 -9.6 11.8 7 11.9 -3.2 6.0 1.8 6.0 1.8
2008 SLN MLB 124 485 .254 .267 .334 .423 .265 .310 96 -3.1 14.0 8.1 25.4 -3.7 15.3 4.1 15.3 4.1
2009 SLN MLB 140 544 .262 .257 .327 .413 .262 .309 91 1.2 15.6 9.4 23.1 -3.5 22.7 4.6 22.7 4.6
2010 SLN MLB 136 521 .253 .261 .327 .407 .271 .281 89 -3.8 14.4 8.7 29.0 -3.8 15.5 4.7 15.5 4.7
2011 SLN MLB 139 518 .286 .258 .322 .403 .264 .311 96 13.4 14.0 8.4 20.2 -4.8 30.9 5.4 30.9 5.4
2012 SLN MLB 138 563 .315 .256 .318 .405 .260 .316 99 30.8 15.4 9.2 29.2 -4.3 51.1 8.5 51.1 8.5
2012 CAR Wnt 14 58 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .213 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SLN MLB 136 541 .297 .252 .313 .392 .257 .338 102 19.4 14.2 8.3 30.1 -5.6 36.3 7.2 36.3 7.2
2013 PUR int 5 20 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .438 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2014 SLN MLB 110 445 .256 .251 .312 .388 .262 .307 103 -1.5 11.5 6.6 7.2 -2.5 14.0 2.3 14.0 2.3
2014 SFD AA 2 6 .745 .260 .334 .387 .285 1.000 102 3 0.2 0.1 -0.0 0.4 3.7 0.4 3.7 0.4
2015 SLN MLB 136 530 .239 .256 .317 .404 .263 .295 98 -10.6 14.3 8.5 16.9 -4.9 7.3 2.6 7.3 2.6
2016 SLN MLB 147 581 .278 .255 .322 .422 .270 .335 95 10.4 16.4 9.8 11.7 -7.7 29.0 4.2 29.0 4.2
2017 SLN MLB 136 543 .260 .255 .324 .428 .266 .285 95 0 15.9 9.6 6.0 -4.5 21.0 2.7 21.0 2.7
2018 SLN MLB 68 266 .299 .254 .323 .429 .268 .276 95 10.5 7.4 4.4 2.0 -1.0 21.3 2.4 21.3 2.4
2018 SFD AA 2 7 .164 .273 .357 .419 .290 .000 100 -0.7 0.2 0.1 -0.1 0.0 -0.4 -0.1 -0.4 -0.1

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2001 JCY Rk 175 18 41 11 0 4 18 12 23 1 1 .259 .324 .405 .146 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2002 PEO A 430 39 110 20 0 7 50 21 36 2 7 .280 .329 .384 .104 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2003 TEN AA 397 32 100 13 1 2 51 25 45 0 1 .275 .330 .332 .058 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 MEM AAA 150 19 39 6 0 1 14 17 14 0 0 .302 .392 .372 .070 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 SLN MLB 151 12 36 6 0 2 15 13 20 0 1 .267 .329 .356 .089 .235 2.2 6.4 0.8
2005 SLN MLB 421 36 97 15 1 8 49 23 30 2 3 .252 .295 .358 .106 .232 2.7 18.3 2.1
2006 SLN MLB 461 29 90 26 0 6 49 26 41 1 2 .216 .274 .321 .106 .201 -14.1 17.1 0.3
2007 SLN MLB 396 30 97 15 0 6 40 34 43 1 1 .275 .340 .368 .093 .238 6.0 11.9 1.8
2008 SLN MLB 485 37 135 18 0 7 56 32 29 0 2 .304 .349 .392 .088 .254 15.3 25.4 4.1
2009 SLN MLB 544 45 141 23 1 6 54 50 39 9 3 .293 .366 .383 .089 .262 22.7 23.1 4.6
2010 SLN MLB 521 34 122 19 0 6 62 42 51 8 4 .262 .329 .342 .080 .253 15.5 29.0 4.7
2011 SLN MLB 518 55 145 32 1 14 65 33 44 4 5 .305 .349 .465 .160 .286 30.9 20.2 5.4
2012 CAR Wnt 58 2 12 1 0 2 10 5 4 1 1 .231 .293 .365 .135 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 SLN MLB 563 65 159 28 0 22 76 45 55 12 3 .315 .373 .501 .186 .315 51.1 29.2 8.5
2013 PUR int 20 2 7 0 0 0 0 1 3 1 0 .368 .400 .368 .000 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2013 SLN MLB 541 68 161 44 0 12 80 30 55 3 2 .319 .359 .477 .158 .297 36.3 30.1 7.2
2014 SLN MLB 445 40 114 21 0 7 38 28 55 1 1 .282 .333 .386 .104 .256 14.0 7.2 2.3
2014 SFD AA 6 2 5 3 0 0 2 0 1 0 0 .833 .833 1.333 .500 .745 3.7 -0.0 0.4
2015 SLN MLB 530 34 132 23 2 4 61 32 59 3 1 .270 .310 .350 .080 .239 7.3 16.9 2.6
2016 SLN MLB 581 56 164 38 1 8 58 39 63 3 2 .307 .360 .427 .120 .278 29.0 11.7 4.2
2017 SLN MLB 543 60 137 27 1 18 82 28 74 9 4 .273 .312 .439 .166 .260 21.0 6.0 2.7
2018 SFD AA 7 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 .000 .143 .000 .000 .164 -0.4 -0.1 -0.1
2018 SLN MLB 266 29 67 8 0 13 42 17 36 3 1 .280 .331 .477 .197 .299 21.3 2.0 2.4

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT CSAA_CHANCES CSAA_RT
2008 1572 0.4917 0.5344 0.8976 0.7115 0.3630 0.9309 0.8345 0.1024 585 -0.007262
2009 1947 0.4956 0.4967 0.8583 0.7088 0.2882 0.8830 0.7986 0.1417 785 -0.014985
2010 1869 0.4997 0.4890 0.8556 0.6884 0.2898 0.8849 0.7860 0.1444 773 -0.015875
2011 1779 0.4868 0.5076 0.8782 0.6663 0.3571 0.9081 0.8252 0.1218 701 -0.011644
2012 1911 0.4793 0.5123 0.8376 0.7107 0.3296 0.8740 0.7652 0.1624 722 -0.012934
2013 1873 0.4896 0.5350 0.8603 0.7361 0.3421 0.8993 0.7798 0.1397 678 -0.009133
2014 1664 0.4766 0.4934 0.8502 0.6759 0.3272 0.8993 0.7579 0.1498 667 -0.014409
2015 1796 0.4800 0.5412 0.8292 0.7320 0.3651 0.8637 0.7654 0.1708 690 -0.009999
2016 2056 0.4796 0.5331 0.8476 0.7099 0.3701 0.8700 0.8081 0.1524 0 0.000000
2017 1986 0.4819 0.5217 0.8098 0.6750 0.3790 0.8437 0.7538 0.1902 0 0.000000
2018 986 0.4797 0.5162 0.8212 0.6829 0.3626 0.8731 0.7312 0.1788 0 0.000000
Career194390.48570.51650.84980.70070.34210.88380.78410.1502521.5595-0.009

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
13 yrPrevious$95,936,000
2018Current$20,000,000
14 yrPvs + Cur$115,936,000
2 yrFuture$40,000,000
16 yrTotal$155,936,000

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
13 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.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .285 .346 .393 .265
11 vs R (Multi) .300 .344 .415 .270
18 Split (Multi) .015 -.002 .022 .005
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.010 -.021 -.029 -.017
30 vs L (2016) .304 .356 .420 .271
31 vs R (2016) .308 .361 .429 .280
38 Split (2016) .004 .005 .009 .008
39 LgAvg (2016) -.008 -.018 -.027 -.016

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
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 Lg Framing Chances CSAA Framing Runs Blocking Chances EPAA Blocking Runs SB Attempts SRAA TRAA Throwing Runs FRAA Adj. FRAA
2004 MLB 0 .000 0.0 1557 .000 -0.2 14 -.011 -.000 0.1 0.2 6.4
2005 MLB 0 .000 0.0 4221 -.000 0.2 36 -.207 .000 4.7 9.5 18.3
2006 MLB 0 .000 0.0 5089 -.001 1.1 55 -.096 -.009 4.0 7.9 17.1
2007 MLB 0 .000 0.0 4220 -.000 0.3 47 -.188 -.004 5.5 6.1 11.9
2008 MLB 7427 .022 22.3 4807 -.002 2.3 42 -.018 -.008 0.7 28.3 25.4
2009 MLB 8577 .012 15.7 5472 -.002 3.4 50 -.052 -.007 1.9 23.8 23.1
2010 MLB 8353 .016 18.1 5228 -.003 4.6 63 -.101 -.006 4.0 28.0 29.0
2011 MLB 8205 .015 16.0 5284 -.003 4.3 62 -.000 -.010 0.9 21.7 20.2
2012 MLB 8177 .016 16.6 5354 -.002 2.5 68 -.143 -.002 6.0 26.3 29.2
2013 MLB 7620 .023 23.4 4960 -.004 4.8 40 -.033 -.019 0.9 29.3 30.1
2014 AA 0 .000 0.0 53 -.000 0.0 0 .000 -.002 0.0 1.6 -0.0
2014 MLB 6401 .004 3.7 3996 -.001 1.4 40 -.096 -.009 2.2 8.1 7.2
2015 MLB 7919 .011 11.9 5334 -.001 1.5 56 -.066 -.006 2.4 15.4 16.9
2016 MLB 8949 .008 10.4 5999 -.001 1.6 66 .030 -.010 -0.9 10.7 11.7
2017 MLB 8386 .005 6.4 5457 -.000 0.2 52 -.065 -.010 2.2 9.3 6.0
2018 AA 129 -.007 -0.1 67 -.001 0.0 0 .000 -.001 0.0 0.3 -0.1
2018 MLB 4132 .005 3.3 2778 -.001 0.4 15 -.005 -.006 0.0 3.6 2.2

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