Who Should I Draft?

Yasmani Grandal or Yadier Molina (2019)

 
Experts' Pick
 
  Yasmani Grandal
C - MIL
Yasmani Grandal
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
Expert
Recommendation
84%
Recommended by
47 of 56 experts
16%
Recommended by
9 of 56 experts
Rankings 
   
ECR# 90# 109
Best Rank# 58# 41
Worst Rank# 174# 194
   
ADP 
   
Composite# 115# 134
Best Rank# 103# 121
Worst Rank# 137# 169
   
Projections 
   
Runs5954
Home Runs2315
RBI6665
Stolen Bases15
Batting Average.242.270
   
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# 103# 142
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 97# 111
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 91# 99
   
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# 149# 164
   
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Sports Illustrated
# 101# 154
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 93# 142
   
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USA Today
# 84# 99
   
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Razzball
# 91# 98
   
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The Fake Baseball
# 100# 149
   
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# 75# 112
   
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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CBS Sports
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Fantasy Team Advice
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The Athletic
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The Fantasy Sports Brain
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The Athletic
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The Athletic
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Expand The Boxscore
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FantasyPros
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# 103# 111
   
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# 100# 173
   
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# 91# 96
   
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# 114# 133
   
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# 75# 89
   
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# 86# 114
   
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The Fantasy Fix
# 90# 115
   
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# 78# 56
   
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Yahoo! Sports
# 83# 82
   
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# 85# 41
   
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Freeze Stats
# 91# 89
   
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# 94# 92
   
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# 109# 108
   
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# 132# 114
   
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# 132# 119
   
  Yasmani Grandal
C - MIL
Yasmani Grandal
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
2018 Stats 
   
   
At Bats440459
   
Runs6555
   
Hits106120
   
Singles5780
   
Doubles2320
   
Triples20
   
Home Runs2420
   
RBI6874
   
Stolen Bases24
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks7229
   
Strikeouts12466
   
Batting Average.241.261
   
On Base Pct.349.314
   
Slugging Pct.466.436
   
On-base Plus Slugging.815.750
   
  Yasmani Grandal
C - MIL
Yasmani Grandal
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
2019 Projections 
   
   
At Bats418461
   
Runs5954
   
Hits101124
   
Singles5686
   
Doubles2123
   
Triples11
   
Home Runs2315
   
RBI6665
   
Stolen Bases15
   
Caught Stealing13
   
Walks6229
   
Strikeouts11867
   
Batting Average.242.270
   
On Base Pct.340.313
   
Slugging Pct.462.423
   
On-base Plus Slugging.802.736
   
  Yasmani Grandal
C - MIL
Yasmani Grandal
Yadier Molina
C - STL
Yadier Molina
News 
 Yasmani Grandal went 1-for-5 with a three-run home run in the Brewers' 8-7 loss to the Padres on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 19th
The Cardinals have activated Yadier Molina (thumb) off the 10-day IL.
Brendan Tuma - Too Much Tuma
Tue, Jun 11th
 Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 with an RBI in the Brewers' 5-3 win over the Giants on Sunday.
Elliott Baas
Mon, Jun 17th
Molina was placed on the 10-day injured list retroactive to May 29 with a right thumb tendon strain.
James Bisson
Fri, May 31st
 Yasmani Grandal went 3-for-5 with a three-run home run and four RBI in the Brewers' 10-8 loss to the Astros on Tuesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 12th
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
 Yasmani Grandal went 0-for-3 with a run scored on Sunday against the Pirates.
Dan Harris
Mon, Jun 10th
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
 Yasmani Grandal went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in the Brewers' 8-3 loss to the Marlins on Wednesday.
Elliott Baas
Wed, Jun 5th
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 
 Grandal's batting average may not seem all that appealing in the .240s range, but that is actually at replacement-level for the position so he won't hurt you there. He will definitely help in HRs, RBIs and runs, though. Over the last three seasons, he trails only (the injured) Salvador Perez in homers, and that was before he moved from an awful park for hitters in L.A. to a hitter's have in Milwaukee.
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
 Grandal got off to a torrid start last season, hitting .315 with 20 RBIs and 13 extra base hits last April, but his end-of-season numbers looked quite similar to the prior two years. That isn't necessarily a bad thing, as Grandal ranks among the top five catchers in HRs, RBIs, and runs over that span. Now he moves to Milwaukee, where he'll get a ballpark upgrade and hit in a comparably potent lineup. He stands a good chance to again be a top-five backstop in standard 12-team leagues.
Andrew Seifter - 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
 While the gut reaction to signing with the Brewers was to shoot him up the rankings, Grandal actually hit better at Dodger Stadium (.363 wOBA) than on the road (.341 last season). Rather than expecting a production spike, investors should simply accept what he is. The 30-year-old catcher will hit around the .240 range with a high walk rate (13.9% in 2018) and around 25 homers. That will look a lot better after looking at guys available to drafters who punt the position. Keep an open mind to Grandal, who should get targeted more aggressively in two-catcher and OBP leagues.
Andrew Gould - 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