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Full Name: Yadier B. Molina Primary Position: C
Height/Weight: 5' 11"/185 First Game: June 3, 2004
Birthdate: July 13, 1982 MLB Experience: 3 years
Birthplace: Bayamon, Puerto Rico
Bat/Throw: Right/Right


Biography

Yadier Molina (Yadier B. Molina) was born on July 13, 1982 in Bayamon, Puerto Rico. He made his Major League debut on June 3, 2004 for the St. Louis Cardinals. In 2004, his rookie year, he hit .267 with 2 home runs and 15 RBI. Molina played for the St. Louis Cardinals for his entire 3 year career.

Scouting Report

Offense
Hasn't lived up to potential as a hitter showed in minors. Has mediocre power for a catcher with above average contact skills, but often gets himself out on pitches anywhere but down the middle. Should be an above average hitter for a catcher, but has not demonstrated the ability. Very slow on the basepaths.

Defense
True difference maker behind the plate, shutting down the running game entirely. Very quick release with perhaps the strongest arm for a catcher in the major leagues. Has picked off numerous runners at first base and is very willing to throw. Almost pointless to steal if the pitch is above the ground. Runners, even with great jumps, are gunned down at phenomenal rate as long as he catches the ball.

Inconsistent blocking skills that mix perfection with laziness.

Best Year <stats> Player=Yadier Molina Type=Batting Years=2005 </stats>

Most Known For
The youngest of three brothers in the major leagues. Molina's two brothers, Bengie Molina and Jose Molina are also major league catchers, Bengie with the Toronto Blue Jays, and Jose with the Los Angeles Angels. Many experts feel that Yadier Molina has the potential to be better than either of his brothers.

Statistics

Batting Stats

Year Team G AB R H HR RBI AVG OBP SLG 2B 3B BB SO HBP SH SB IBB GDP
2004 STL N 51 135 12 36 2 15 .267 .329 .356 6 0 13 20 0 2 0 3 4
2005 STL N 114 385 36 97 8 49 .252 .295 .358 15 1 23 30 2 8 2 3 10
2006 STL N 129 417 29 90 6 49 .216 .274 .321 26 0 26 41 8 8 1 2 15
2007 STL N 111 353 30 97 6 40 .275 .340 .368 15 0 34 43 3 2 1 5 18
Total 405 1290 107 320 22 153 .248 .304 .349 62 1 96 134 13 20 4 13 47

Fielding Stats

Year Team POS G GS INN PO A ERR DP TP PB SB CS PkO AVG
2004 STL N C 51 39 344 256 16 2 1 0 4 9 8 1 .993
2005 STL N 1B 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000
2005 STL N C 114 111 959.1 683 66 7 4 0 8 14 25 9 .991
2006 STL N C 127 118 1037.1 734 79 4 6 0 7 37 29 8 .995
2006 STL N 1B 4 0 5 5 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .833
2007 STL N C 107 101 861.1 580 63 6 8 7 23 27 2 0 .991
2007 STL N 1B 1 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1.000
Total 1B 6 0 7 6 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .857
Total C 399 369 3202 2253 224 19 19 0 26 83 89 20 .992

Transactions

  • Selected by St. Louis Cardinals in the 4th round of the free-agent draft (June 5, 2000 - signed September 6, 2000).

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