Yadier Molina is without a doubt the best defensive catcher in the game. Since 2011, he has also developed more at the plate, too. Since 2011, he has averaged a .312 batting average. Out of all the other catchers today, I would say Yadi is the best. In 2013, he was 3rd in MVP voting and won his 6th straight gold glove and his first silver slugger. He also has won two platinum gloves. Overall, Yadi is one of the best catchers in the game. Here are some reasons why.
His awesome defense- Like I said, he has won 6 straight gold gloves and has won two platinum gloves. But in depth, pitchers feel better when Molina is back there because he keeps runners in check. He is very alert on the field especially with runners on base. And coming into the 2014 season, Yadier Molina has the best shot at winning yet another gold glove.
His bat that is only getting better- Yadi won his first silver slugger in 2013 by having another good season at the plate. Since 2011, his seasonal batting average has gone from .305 to .315 to .319. Right now, Yadi's looking like he's going to have another great season at the plate.
His Value to the Cardinals- Yadi being 3rd in MVP voting can give you an idea of how valuable his to the Cardinals, but Yadi's value is more than the numbers that he puts up. His true value is much he works with the pitchers and the simple fact that it's really hard to win without Yadi playing. I bet you every pitcher on the Cardinals could tell you that they are thankful to have a catcher like Yadier Molina calling a game them.
Bottom line Yadier Molina is one of the best catcher in the game and might be the best catcher in Cardinal's history. But if there is one thing I'm thankful for, it's that I'm living right now to watch him play.