2020 MLB Draft Guide Player Profile: Yadier Molina
Greg Jewett takes a closer look at St. Louis Cardinals catcher Yadier Molina and lets fantasy baseball owners know what to expect from the veteran backstop during the 2020 MLB season.
Father time comes for everyone, Yadier Molina included. Last year, Molina continued a three-year decline in games played missing time with a thumb injury suffered in May which lingered into the second half of the season. Molina logged 113 games in 2019 with 45 runs, ten home runs, 57 RBI, six stolen bases (in as many attempts) and a .270/.312/.399 slash line. His thumb injury definitely sapped the power surge displayed in 2018 and Molina will turn 38 in July. So it’s time to re-assess drafting Molina this season.
Safety lies in his 212 RBI over the last three years as a catcher leading all of his peers in the majors at catcher. Hope lies in his 42-game sample following his return from the injured list on August 13th with 176 plate appearances, 21 runs, six home runs, 21 RBI, two steals and .285/.352/.449 slash with a 12.2-percent home run per fly ball rate. This home run per fly ball rate aligns closely with his 2018 numbers (13.6-percent) which yielded 20 home runs in 123...