2019 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 during the 2019 MLB season.
With the understanding catcher gets thin quickly in fantasy, old man Yadier Molina still stands out amongst his peers. Molina missed time last year with an injury which would scare any man. But when he played for the Cardinals, they went 68-53 with him in the lineup as opposed to 20-20 without him. Despite missing time, he finished tied for both RBI and stolen bases, third in runs along with fourth in home runs at his position.
Molina appeared in 123 games scoring 53 runs with 20 home runs, 74 RBI, four stolen bases and a .261/.314/.436 slash line. He recorded a .174 isolated power with a 5.8 walk percentage and 13.1 strikeout rate. His batted ball data reveals interesting data with Molina producing a 24.1-line drive percentage and his pull rate finished just below 50 percent with a spike in hard hit percentage to 44.4 percent. Yet, his discipline metrics improved in regards to his swinging strike rate and he improved his contact percentage to 84.1 percent.