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
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
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
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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