Here’s what Josey Curtis had to say about Yadier Molina a couple weeks ago:
Today, the Viva El Birdos 2018 Community Projections series continues with catcher Yadier Molina.
Molina agreed to four-year deal with the Cardinals just ahead of the 2017 season, a deal that will carry him through his age-37 season. Ahead of the start of his 2018 campaign, the 35-year-old Molina announced in January that his final year of playing Major League Baseball will be in 2020.
In 2017, Molina played in 136 games, garnering 543 plate appearances. Maintaining a line of .273/.312/.439, Molina hit 27 doubles, a triple, and 18 home runs - helping to equate to a .316 wOBA. Molina’s walk rate decreased and strikeout rate increased in 2017; he dropped from 6.7 to 5.2 percent in the base-on-balls department and whiffed nearly three percent more often - a 13.6 percent strikeout rate, up from 10.8 in 2016.
And here’s what the community had to say about Molina, compared to what ZiPS and Steamer had to say.
Yadier Molina 2018 Projections