St. Louis Cardinals: Five Potential Backup Catchers for Yadier Molina in 2017

Mar 31, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena (33) singles during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Mar 31, 2016; Tampa, FL, USA; St. Louis Cardinals catcher Brayan Pena (33) singles during the fifth inning against the New York Yankees at George M. Steinbrenner Field. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports /
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Sep 18, 2016; Cleveland, OH, USA; Cleveland Indians catcher Chris Gimenez (38) against the Detroit Tigers at Progressive Field. The Tigers won 9-5. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports /

4. Chris Gimenez – 33 Years Old

The St. Louis Cardinals might want to take a look at former Indians catcher Chris Gimenez. Unlike many on this list, he has actually had a solid amount of success at the plate. While he has never been an all star hitter, Gimenez has put up solid numbers while getting very limited at bats. Gimenez’s best season at the plate came in 2015 during his time with the Texas Rangers. In 113 PA’s, he batted .255/.330/.490 while hitting 5 home runs and driving in 14 RBI.

Gimenez was drafted in the 19th round of the 2004 amateur draft by the Cleveland Indians, and debuted for them in 2009. Over his career in the Minors, Gimenez has put a line of .266/.369/.439 in 3660 PA’s. Though Gimenez has never played for one team for more than 2 consecutive years, Gimenez always seems to find his way back to the Indians. Almost in an obsessive way.

He played for them in 2009-2010, then went to Seattle, and Tampa Bay for 3 years. After that he was traded from the Rangers to the Indians in 2014, but then was signed back by the Rangers that following off-season. But, in the following May, Cleveland re-purchased him from the Rangers.

Gimenez has had mixed reviews when it came to pitch framing in 2016, but has gotten nothing but great comments from Indians RHP Trevor Bauer. Bauer thanks Gimenez for giving the pitcher control of every at bat because although Gimenez gives suggestions, he lets the pitcher make the final decisions.

Over his career, Gimenez has thrown out 28% of baserunners. Defensively however, he isn’t gonna make any highlight reels. Over the course of his career, Gimenez has a -10 Defensive Runs Saved, and a career Defensive WAR of 0.3.