Andrew Knizner
Andrew Knizner
25-Year-Old CatcherC
St. Louis Cardinals
2020 Fantasy Outlook
Knizner got his first taste of the majors in 2019, appearing in 18 games with the Cardinals. He didn't do much during his time in the big leagues, hitting .226 in 58 plate appearances. It would be rash to rush to judgment based on the limited sample size as Knizner has demonstrated a much more impressive hitting acumen in the minors. He hit a solid .276 in 66 games with Triple-A Memphis in 2019 after batting well above .300 across two levels over the previous two seasons. While Knizner's 24.1 K% in the majors last season took a toll on his batting average, his strikeout rate has never exceeded 13.2% in any minor-league campaign, thus it's fair to expect less whiffs from Knizner as he adjusts to major-league pitching. Knizner has been tapped as the successor to Yadier Molina in St. Louis, and that transition should accelerate in 2020 if Knizner is able to hold down a full-season backup gig. Read Past Outlooks
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Included in player pool
CSt. Louis Cardinals
June 29, 2020
Knizner is part of the Cardinals' player pool that will report to summer camp July 1, Anne Rogers of MLB.com reports.
ANALYSIS
Knizner's presence in the player pool is of little surprise, and he's expected to be part of the expanded Opening Day roster as well. The 25-year-old projects to slot in behind veterans Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters behind the dish, and he could potentially see time at the designated hitter slot that will be available in the National League for the 2020 season.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
3
6
1
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
2
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+83%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+83%
OPS vs RHP
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .400 10 0 0 1 0 .200 .200 .200
Since 2017vs Right .731 48 7 2 6 2 .233 .313 .419
2019vs Left .400 10 0 0 1 0 .200 .200 .200
2019vs Right .731 48 7 2 6 2 .233 .313 .419
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
Even Split
2019
Even Split
2018
No Stats
2017
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .671 25 2 1 3 0 .217 .280 .391
Since 2017Away .670 33 5 1 4 2 .233 .303 .367
2019Home .671 25 2 1 3 0 .217 .280 .391
2019Away .670 33 5 1 4 2 .233 .303 .367
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Knizner compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.29
 
BB Rate
6.9%
 
K Rate
24.1%
 
BABIP
.270
 
ISO
.151
 
AVG
.226
 
OBP
.293
 
SLG
.377
 
OPS
.670
 
wOBA
.299
 
Exit Velocity
88.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
35.9%
 
Barrels/PA
1.7%
 
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2019 Fantasy Outlook
With Carson Kelly shipped to Arizona in the Paul Goldschmidt trade, Knizner now lines up as Yadier Molina's backup and heir apparent behind the plate in St. Louis. With above-average batting lines at every stop of his three-year professional career, he offers enough offensive value to mostly offset his relatively poor defense. He hit .313/.365/.434 (119 wRC+) in 77 games for Double-A Springfield last year and followed that up with a similar .315/.383/.407 line (114 wRC+) in 17 games with Triple-A Memphis. Despite that short amount of time in Triple-A, Knizner will have a good shot to break camp on the 25-man roster. The 36-year-old Molina has received at least 500 plate appearances in nine of the last 10 years and was an All-Star yet again last season, but he's bound to break down at some point.
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Surpassed by Herrera?
CSt. Louis Cardinals
May 28, 2020
Knizner is viewed less as the organization's catcher of the future than Ivan Herrera, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.
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Would benefit from roster expansion
CSt. Louis Cardinals
April 28, 2020
Knizner would be a surefire addition to the Cardinals' roster were it to be expanded to 30 players for the 2020 regular season, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch opines.
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Sent to Triple-A
CSt. Louis Cardinals
March 29, 2020
The Cardinals optioned Knizner to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.
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Slated to start in Triple-A Memphis
CSt. Louis Cardinals
March 20, 2020
Knizner was hitting .154 (4-for-26) before spring training was suspended, and while he's slated to start the season at Triple-A Memphis, he hopes his next big-league opportunity arrives promptly, Corey Miller of KSDK.com reports. "Where I'm at now, where my skills are at, I feel great about where my body is at, so physically, mentally and skills-wise, I feel really good," Knizner said. "I think the point I'm at now in my career is needing that big league experience. I need that consistent playing time in the big leagues to continue to grow and be that consistent producer."
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Blasts second home run
CSt. Louis Cardinals
September 1, 2019
Knizner went 1-for-4 with a two-run homer in a losing effort in Game 2 of a doubleheader against the Reds on Sunday.
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