Originally written January 11, 2013 on Baseball Professor:
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We all know Yadier Molina for his defense behind the plate, but that never really helped out your fantasy team. His best fantasy quality up until 2011 was that he was a catcher you could rely on to get you 450 at-bats, hit for a decent batting average and surprisingly swipe some bases. However in his last two seasons, he has really started to contribute offensively by hitting .310 with a combined 120 R, 36 HR, 141 RBI and 16 SB. Not too shabby at a position where it’s extremely difficult to find offense. In addition to these offensive numbers, Molina rarely strikes out (career 8.7 K%) and draws an average amount of walks (career 7.3 BB%). He has also decreased the amount of ground balls that he hits, which could explain the uptick in power. From 2004-2010, Molina posted a 47.9 GB%, but that number has dipped to just 42.4% in the last two years. The numbers are suggesting that he’s transforming into a different type of hitter and even at a catcher’s 30 years old (that’s 34 in human y...
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