On Monday, the Cardinals announced they have signed right-handed pitcher Nestor Molina to a minor-league contract. The 29-year-old Molina has been pitching professionally since 2007. MLB.com reporter Jenifer Langosch shared the news via Twitter.
The #STLCards have signed RHP Nestor Molina to a minor league contract. Molina went 12-3 with a 1.89 ERA in 23 Mexican League starts last year.— Jenifer Langosch (@LangoschMLB) January 29, 2018
Molina has a long list of previous employers, including various levels of the Blue Jays’, White Sox’s, Red Sox’s, and Giants’ organizations. He did not make it to the Majors, however - at least with those organizations.
More recently, Molina worked for two different Mexican League teams in 2016 and exclusively for the Rojos del Aguila de Veracruz of the Mexican League in 2017.
With the Rojos, Molina made 23 starts in 2017, posting a 1.89 ERA while going the distance in three of those starts. In 152 2⁄3 innings, Molina maintained a 124:37 strikeout-to-walk ratio and surrendered only six home runs.
Here’s exactly what you were wanting to see today: video of a much-younger Molina from August of 2011, credited to the Baseball Instinct YouTube channel.
This is the third pitcher the Cardinals have signed this offseason whose most recent work came in a foreign league. Miles Mikolas worked for the Yomiuri Giants of the Japan Central League in 2015-’17 and signed with St. Louis on a two-year contract back in December.
The other hurler signed was Preston Guilmet, who worked for the Yakult Swallows in 2017 and also comes to the Cardinals on a minor-league agreement.