3 Fantasy Baseball Catcher Replacements for Yadier Molina

ST LOUIS, MO - JUNE 25: Yadier Molina #4 of the St. Louis Cardinals returns to the dugout after striking out against the Oakland Athletics in the fifth inning at Busch Stadium on June 25, 2019 in St Louis, Missouri. (Photo by Dilip Vishwanat/Getty Images)
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The Cardinals will be without their future Hall-of-Fame catcher for at least three weeks or so, as Yadier Molina was placed on the IL with a strained right thumb tendon.

Molina, who turns 37 on July 13, hasn't been producing much this season with a .261 batting average and only four homers. Still, his Yahoo! ownership implies many fantasy teams will need to seek out a replacement for the next few weeks and possibly beyond.

Here are three options all available in over 50% of Yahoo! Fantasy Baseball leagues.

1. Carson Kelly, Arizona Diamondbacks

WASHINGTON, DC - JUNE 14: Carson Kelly #18 of the Arizona Diamondbacks rounds the bases after hitting a home run against the Washington Nationals during the third inning at Nationals Park on June 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)
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Carson Kelly, who was part of the trade that brought Paul Goldschmidt to the Cardinals, has been having quite the first season in the desert, with a .276/.355/.534 slash line and 10 homers in just 174 at-bats. He is currently on the stronger side of a platoon with lefty veteran Alex Avila, who has also been quietly productive with a .909 OPS. Kelly is 7% owned in Y! leagues, while Avila is owned in under 1% of leagues. Those with bench room in daily leagues may consider rostering both catchers.

2. Chance Sisco, Baltimore Orioles

BALTIMORE, MARYLAND - JUNE 28: Chance Sisco #15 of the Baltimore Orioles rounds the bases after hitting a two RBI home run against the Cleveland Indians in the first inning at Oriole Park at Camden Yards on June 28, 2019 in Baltimore, Maryland. (Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)
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A once touted prospect, Chance Sisco isn't getting a lot of attention playing for the Orioles, but his production has been elite in just 60 at-bats. Sisco has six homers since a June call-up, with a sparking .283/.394/.667 slash line. While fellow Baltimore backstop Pedro Severino got all the attention for his thee-homer game on June 4, Sisco has been the far more productive hitter. He is owned in just 14% of Y! leagues, and can become the Orioles new starting catcher until this year's first-overall draft pick, Adley Rutschman, is ready to hit the bigs.

3. Roberto Perez, Cleveland Indians

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - JUNE 19:   Roberto Perez #55 of the Cleveland Indians at Globe Life Park in Arlington on June 19, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)
Cleveland Indians v Texas Rangers | Ronald Martinez/Getty Images

The Cleveland Indians are one of the hottest teams in baseball, and catcher Roberto Perez has been one of the key reasons why. The six-year vet, who has served as Cleveland's backup for the majority of his career, trails only Gary Sánchez, Yasmani Grandal, and Wilson Contreras in homers at the position with 16. Perez has been particularly hot as of late, hitting seven homers in June and starting the month of July 7-14 at the plate. Despite all of this, Perez is somehow just owned in 24% of leagues. Go grab him before someone else does.

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