Viva El Birdos Community Projections 2014: Yadier Molina

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Hi everybody! Ben has tasked me with running the community projections this year, and together we're going to crowdsource how the 2014 Cardinals are going to perform.

Ten years into his career, Yadier Molina has seemingly had three distinct periods of hitting. From his debut in 2004 to 2006, he was legitimately one of the worst hitters in the majors with an aggregate .238/.291/.342 line. No average, which led to a low OBP, and no power.

From 2007-2010, he matured and developed into roughly a league-average hitter, with an aggregate line of .284/.347/.371. He looked to have solved his BABIP issues from early in his career and turned into a good offensive catcher with a great defensive reputation. The only thing that was lacking was power, but with the rest of his profile, that seemed to be a luxury that we could live without.

From 2011-2013, Molina suddenly found the power that had been missing. His ISO, which sat at .093 from 2004-2010, jumped to .168, rounding out an offensive skillset that now included the ability to hit for contact, get on base, and hit for power. During these years, Molina hit for an aggregate .313/.361/.481 line, and his 133 wRC+ over that time period is good for 28th in the majors, flanked on the upper side by longtime wishlist-dweller Troy Tulowitzki and on the bottom side by one Albert Pujols.

What will Molina do in 2014? Will he see a slide from his offensive excellence of the last few years or will he be able to maintain his performance? Let us know how you forecast Molina to perform offensively in 2014.

Career Stats via Fangraphs:



Season

Age

G

PA

HR

R

RBI

SB

CS

AVG

OBP

SLG

wOBA

wRC+

2004

21

51

151

2

12

15

0

1

.267

.329

.356

.297

77

2005

22

114

421

8

36

49

2

3

.252

.295

.358

.285

71

2006

23

129

461

6

29

49

1

2

.216

.274

.321

.263

54

2007

24

111

396

6

30

40

1

1

.275

.340

.368

.313

86

2008

25

124

485

7

37

56

0

2

.304

.349

.392

.326

97

2009

26

140

544

6

45

54

9

3

.293

.366

.383

.336

106

2010

27

136

521

6

34

62

8

4

.262

.329

.342

.300

84

2011

28

139

518

14

55

65

4

5

.305

.349

.465

.353

126

2012

29

138

563

22

65

76

12

3

.315

.373

.501

.375

139

2013

30

136

541

12

68

80

3

2

.319

.359

.477

.362

134

Career


1218

4601

89

411

546

40

26

.284

.339

.404

.326

101

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