Cardinals’ Rumors: Options to fill in during Yadier Molina absence

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Jun 25, 2015; Denver, CO, USA; Colorado Rockies catcher Michael McKenry (8) holds onto the ball for an out after a collision with third baseman Nolan Arenado (not pictured) in the sixth inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Coors Field. Mandatory Credit: Isaiah J. Downing-USA TODAY Sports

Michael McKenry

Here we have one of the other Rockies backstops from last year. McKenry has been largely unimpressive offensively for most of his career, however he has a few seasons that I would like to point out that could potentially help the Cardinals.

Looking at his career numbers of .239/.319/.407 doesn’t strike you as inspiring. But, remember we are looking for a backup to a backup here. Not looking for a starter or a guy who is going to get a whole lot of playing time. What is intriguing to me is some of McKenry’s seasons are actually impressive.

For example, looking at his 26 extra base-hits in 2012 for the Pirates in 88 games shows that he could potentially have a little bit of pop in his bat off of the bench. He also had an impressive 140 wRC+ in 2014 with the Rockies in 57 games, which was probably likely due to his .381 BABIP that year.

The wildcard with McKenry is his defense. It is much better than Rosario’s defense as he has only allowed 10 passed balls in his entire major league career and is actually worth 10.2 runs above average on defense for his career and 5.6 RPP (Catcher Blocked Pitches in runs above average). So, he would be at least serviceable defensively, which is all the Cardinals could really ask for from a player of his stature.

McKenry is also accustomed to being a catcher in-transit, as he has spent time in the minors the past few years. McKenry’s offense and defense could be worth a look if Yadier Molina is in fact unavailable by spring training.

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