Friday, March 18, 2005

Yadier Molina Report

Yadier Molina, C, St Louis Cardinals
Drafted 113th Overall (4th Rd), 2000 Draft, HS, Vega Alta, PR
Bats R/Throws R
22 YO, 5'11", 187 lbs

Yet another Molina brother, conforming to the family tradition of carrying a below average bat and a better than average glove.

2004 Memphis: .302/.387/.372, 6 2B, 1 HR, 17 BB, 14 K, 129 AB
2004 St Louis: .267/.329/.356, 6 2B, 2 HR, 13 BB, 20 K, 135 AB
mL Career: .278/.331/.368, 50 2B, 14 HR, 75 BB, 118 K, 1044 AB

Expect more of the same. He probably won't carry that Memphis walk rate or batting average into the Major Leagues, and he's a terrible fantasy property, but if he can duplicate and maybe build just a little bit on that St Louis line in years to come, he'll keep collecting major league paychecks, just like his older brothers. Tony LaRussa and the Cardinals organization, which worshipped Mike Matheney, is sure to love Yadier for what he is, a traditional catcher who bats 8th and plays great defense.

Personally I'm convinced that this kind of player grows on trees, so I'd never sign one to a multi-year contract, and certainly not for anything above a million or two per season.

ETA: Last September
2 1/2 Stars



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