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2019 Community Projections: Yadier Molina

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The team’s catcher and fan favorite leads off the MLB round of our preseason projections.

MLB: St. Louis Cardinals at Colorado Rockies Russell Lansford-USA TODAY Sports

After wrapping up our community prospect projections over the weekend, Viva El Birdos will begins its annual MLB projections today. This is scheduled to run through Friday, March 22, so the results will be ready just in time for Opening Day. It’s getting so, so close.

Today, the MLB projections will open with Yadier Molina.

Molina is entering his age 36 and is in the second year of a three-year contract extension he inked back at the start of the 2017 season. This will be Molina’s 16th season in the Majors. His Spring Training has been just a bit slowed by his offseason knee operation, but Molina is expected to serve, once again, as St. Louis’s Opening Day catcher.

For Yadi, he will look to repeat his 2018 - minus the whole ‘missing a month due to reasons I’m sure he’d rather us not discuss again’ thing. Molina hit 20 home runs last year, his second season of such a mark and first since the 22 he hit back in 2012. Molina again logged over 1,000 innings behind the plate for the Cardinals last year, making it the 11th time he has eclipsed the plateau in his career. He earned both his ninth All-Star Game selection and Rawlings Gold Glove Award in 2018.

Now, tell us how you think the 2019 season will go for Molina at the dish! (In front of the dish, that is.)

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