March 10: Q of the Day
I feel one of the most vulnerable positions for the Cardinals is catcher especially with a possibility of injury to Yadier Molina. Obviously Molina is the best, but what is the depth situation and who is strong for the future from the Minors? What happened to Bryan Anderson?
— Don V., California, Mo.
Strong catching depth is a rarity in the game, meaning that most teams are one injury away from being vulnerable at the position. Tony Cruz will serve as Molina’s back-up catcher again this season. Behind him sit Rob Johnson and J.R. Towles (in that order, in my opinion). Both were signed to Minor League deals over the winter and should split catching duties in Triple-A.
If you’re looking for younger catchers to keep an eye on, Audry Perez and Cody Stanley are two to watch. Perez played in 81 games at the Double-A level last season. Stanley’s 2012 season was abbreviated due to a 50-game suspension he served for testing positive for a banned substance and then a subsequent finger injury after he returned to the field. He appeared in only 45 games with high-A Palm Beach.
As for Anderson, the Cardinals removed him from their 40-man roster in early November and Anderson elected for free agency. He signed a Minor League deal with the White Sox and is currently in Major League camp with them.
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