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Yadier Molina
Birthdate: 7/13/1982 (34 y, 8 m, 16 d)     Bats/Throws: R/R     Height/Weight: 5-11/205     Position: C
Drafted: 2000 June Amateur Draft - Round: 4, Pick: 13, Overall: 113, Team: St. Louis Cardinals
Contract: $75M / 5 Years (2013 - 2017) + 1 Option Years
RotoWire News: Molina, playing in his first game since returning from the World Baseball Classic, went 2-for-3 with a solo home run in Sunday's 3-0 Grapefruit League win over the Marlins. (3/27/2017)
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Profile: After a down year, Yadier Molina bounced back in 2016 to put up above average offensive numbers. Many of his peripheral stats, SwStrk%, K%, BB%, GB%, and FB% have remained pretty consistent in recent years. It appears his 2015 dip had more to do with a sudden drop in Exit Velocity, which dropped to 86 mph, 2 mph below average. In 2016, this exit velocity bounced back to 88 mph and with it came Yadi’s power. Starting with the bad, Molina suffered a 51 day, 47 game slump from May 17 through July 7th in which he bat .190/.238/.229 with a wRC+ of 24. It appears this slump may have been more due to a little bad luck as opposed to any sort of major red flag. For much of the season, if you exclude that slump, Yadi posted a slugging hovering around the .500 mark. Above .500, in fact, from July through October. This in addition to a .392 OBP cemented Yadier Molina as one of the most valuable players in the second half of 2016 where he ranked 10th in wOBA (.392) and 7th in wRC+ (150). For the season, he registered the lowest K% of all catchers with at least 250 PA, and the fourth lowest SwStrk%. Yadier Molina proved he is still one of the most valuable catchers in MLB and a valuable asset for any fantasy team. (Andrew Perpetua)

The Quick Opinion: Yadier Molina was held back by injuries to his legs and hands in 2015, but those injuries have healed. Age is catching up to him and his skills are diminishing, but he remains a top 15 catcher, perhaps even top 10.

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