Who Should I Draft?

Buster Posey or Yadier Molina (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Buster Posey
C,1B - SF
Buster Posey
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
Expert
Recommendation
55%
Recommended by
31 of 56 experts
45%
Recommended by
25 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 113# 109
Best Rank# 59# 41
Worst Rank# 166# 194
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 127# 134
Best Rank# 111# 121
Worst Rank# 153# 169
   
Projections 
   
Runs5854
Home Runs1015
RBI5865
Stolen Bases45
Batting Average.291.270
   
Misc 
   
Injury Alert--
   
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Brandon Funston
The Athletic
# 108# 142
   
Andy Behrens
Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 111
   
Michael Beller
Sports Illustrated
# 108# 154
   
Alan Harrison
The Fantasy Fix
# 141# 142
   
Steve Gardner
USA Today
# 96# 99
   
Greg Smith
The Fake Baseball
# 109# 149
   
Muntradamus
Beast Dome
# 103# 156
   
Al Melchior
The Athletic
# 73# 75
   
Heath Cummings
CBS Sports
# 72# 89
   
Dalton Del Don
Yahoo! Sports
# 79# 82
   
KJ
Fantasy Team Advice
# 164# 180
   
Nando Di Fino
The Athletic
# 76# 194
   
Luke Gloeckner
Mr. Cheatsheet
# 91# 92
   
Andrew Gould
FantasyPros
# 100# 103
   
Wayne Bretsky
BretskyBall
# 148# 163
   
Jake Ciely
The Athletic
# 93# 106
   
Justin Klein
The Fake Baseball
# 92# 114
   
Chris Meyers
Athlon Sports
# 101# 110
   
Nick Pollack
Pitcher List
# 95# 118
   
Bobby Sylvester
FantasyPros
# 97# 101
   
Justin Mason
FanGraphs
# 102# 110
   
Tyler Thompson
Fantasy Six Pack
# 90# 103
   
Jason Johnson
Understanding Fantasy Baseball
# 144# 177
   
Donkey Teeth
Razzball
# 114# 130
   
Dan Harris
FantasyPros
# 69# 112
   
Pierre Camus
RotoBaller
# 112# 116
   
Kyle Richardson
The Fantasy Headliners
# 110# 111
   
Jacob Gibbs
SportsLine
# 101# 173
   
Joe E Gentile
Fake Teams
# 100# 133
   
Ariel Cohen
FanGraphs
# 83# 89
   
Austin Bristow II
Pitcher List
# 90# 114
   
Site Projections
RotoChamp
# 59# 41
   
Rudy Gamble
Razzball
# 66# 56
   
Scott White
CBS Sports
# 82# 81
   
Mario Mergola
Sporfolio
# 99# 92
   
Mick Ciallela
Fantrax
# 104# 96
   
Scott Pianowski
Yahoo! Sports
# 105# 99
   
Jeff Boggis
Fantasy Football Empire
# 106# 103
   
Brandon 'B_Don' Myers
Razzball
# 110# 108
   
Andy Singleton
Expand The Boxscore
# 113# 95
   
Chris Meaney
The Athletic
# 115# 107
   
Dave McKay
The Fantasy Sports Brain
# 115# 105
   
Heath Capps
Fake Teams
# 117# 102
   
Andrew Seifter
FantasyPros
# 119# 101
   
Eno Sarris
The Athletic
# 123# 104
   
Max Freeze
Freeze Stats
# 124# 89
   
Todd D Clark
The Fantasy Fix
# 125# 115
   
Bill Dubiel
RotoBaller
# 126# 114
   
Nick Mariano
RotoBaller
# 138# 106
   
Joe Bond
Fantasy Six Pack
# 142# 106
   
Grey Albright
Razzball
# 151# 98
   
Andrea LaMont
Lenny Melnick Fantasy Sports
# 163# 107
   
Brad Richter
Going For 2
# 166# 119
   
Tim Young
Brewer Rat
# 112
   
Paul Sporer
FanGraphs
# 137
   
Staff Rankings
FullTime Fantasy
# 164
   
  Buster Posey
C,1B - SF
Buster Posey
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats398459
   
Runs4755
   
Hits113120
   
Singles8580
   
Doubles2220
   
Triples10
   
Home Runs520
   
RBI4174
   
Stolen Bases34
   
Caught Stealing23
   
Walks4529
   
Strikeouts5366
   
Batting Average.284.261
   
On Base Pct.359.314
   
Slugging Pct.382.436
   
On-base Plus Slugging.741.750
   
  Buster Posey
C,1B - SF
Buster Posey
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats457461
   
Runs5854
   
Hits133124
   
Singles9686
   
Doubles2623
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs1015
   
RBI5865
   
Stolen Bases45
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks5129
   
Strikeouts6267
   
Batting Average.291.270
   
On Base Pct.362.313
   
Slugging Pct.419.423
   
On-base Plus Slugging.781.736
   
  Buster Posey
C,1B - SF
Buster Posey
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
News 
 The Giants have activated catcher Buster Posey from the Injured List. Posey is in Wednesday's starting lineup at batting cleanup for San Francisco.
Blaine Blontz
Wed, Jun 12th
The Cardinals have activated Yadier Molina (thumb) off the 10-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
 Buster Posey (hamstring) is expected to come off the IL when first eligible on Wednesday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
Molina was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 29 with a right thumb tendon strain.
James Bisson
Fri, May 31st
 Posey was placed on the 10-day injured list prior to Wednesday's game against the New York Mets.
James Bisson
Wed, Jun 5th
Yadier Molina went 1-for-4 with a single and a run scored in the Cardinals' 6-3 win over the Braves on Saturday.
Elliott Baas
Sun, May 26th
 Posey wasn't included in the starting lineup for Tuesday's game against the New York Mets, but was listed as an extra.
James Bisson
Tue, Jun 4th
Yadier Molina went 0-for-4 with a walk in the Cardinals’ 5-4 loss to the Rangers on Sunday.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Mon, May 20th
 Buster Posey was removed from Saturday's game versus the Orioles with a sore right hamstring.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Sun, Jun 2nd
Yadier Molina went 2-for-4 with a three-run home run and a double in the Cardinals' 14-3 win over the Braves on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, May 15th
Notes 
 Although Posey isn't likely a .300 hitter anymore, his .280s batting average is the equivilant of a .310 hitter when compared to the replacement-level at his position. Add in a dozen homers, if he can stay healthy this year, and you've got yourself a boring, yet extremely useful top 8 fantasy catcher.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
Catcher's don't often get 450 trips to the plate, but Tadi has done it every year since 2008. As you can imagine, the runs and RBIs pile up with extra playing time, and it certainly helps that he increases your team's batting average and may add another 20 homers this season.
Bobby Sylvester - FantasyPros
 Posey's power is going the path of Joe Mauer. His home runs over the past five seasons: 22, 19, 14, 12, 5. A hip injury limited him to his fewest games (105) since 2011, and he set a personal worst in slugging (.382) while matching a career-low .284 batting average. He also maintained superb contact skills and hopes to be ready for Opening Day. Even an empty batting average is better than what most other catchers could offer. An aging Posey is still a top-10 choice, but not a top-tier star.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
Old man Molina keeps getting the job done. After blasting 19 combined homers from 2014 to 2016, he has belted 18 and 20 homers in the past two season, respectively. He set a career high in hard-hit rate (44.4%) but posted his lowest batting average (.261) since 2006 with no major contact losses. If the 36-year-old can hold up one more year, he should trade some power for contact and hit around .270 with 15 homers. That essentially makes him Mike Piazza compared to the catchers available to those who punt the position.
Andrew Gould - FantasyPros
 Posey fell off the fantasy map in 2018, managing to hit just five home runs while playing through a hip ailment that eventually required surgery. He didn't show any obvious signs of decline in his batted ball profile, and his plate discipline remained as good as ever, so a modest bounce back should be expected. The biggest concern is that the Giants pump the brakes on Posey's playing time to preserve his health. Given his poor hitting environment, weak supporting cast, and lack of category juice, Posey needs to rack up a lot of at-bats in order for his typically high batting average to be a true difference-maker for fantasy owners.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros
It may surprise you to learn that Molina has finished as a top-three catcher in standard 5x5 roto leagues in back-to-back seasons and a top-five catcher in three straight seasons. Clearly, his mid-30s have agreed with him so far, but he does carry a little bit of risk this year as he recovers from offseason knee surgery. Durability has been Molina's calling card throughout his career, so if he's able to remain on the field there is a good chance he will again outperform some of the bigger names who are sure to go ahead of him in fantasy drafts.
Andrew Seifter - FantasyPros