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7 Andrew Knizner C

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July 26, 2021 03:24 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: On base four times in win
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner went 1-for-2 with a double, three walks and a run in a win over the Reds on Sunday.

Knizner drew another start for Yadier Molina (neck) and was a thorn in the side of Reds pitching all afternoon long. The reserve backstop has taken advantage of his current three-game stretch behind the dish in Molina's stead, going 3-for-7 with two doubles, two RBI, six walks and two runs over that span.

July 24, 2021 04:40 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Productive in spot start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner went 2-for-4 with a two-run ground-rule double and a run in a loss to the Reds on Friday.

The reserve backstop made his first game appearance since July 7, and he came through with his first multi-hit effort since May 30. Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports that Knizner will draw a second straight start behind the dish Saturday due to Yadier Molina's ongoing neck stiffness.

July 14, 2021 06:00 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Opportunity still relatively scarce
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner wrapped up the first half of the season with a .178/.267/.222 slash line, four doubles, two RBI, nine walks and 11 runs across 101 plate appearances over 36 games.

Heading into the season, the company line was that ageless backstop Yadier Molina would finally begin to cut down on his typically voluminous workload to a degree, which would lead to more consistent opportunities for Knizner. That said, while Knizner has already doubled up on his previous career high of 18 games, it's worth noting at least 14 of his appearances thus far have been a direct result of Molina's injury-related absences, and Knizner finished the first half logging only two starts from June 22 onward. However, Molina did skip the All-Star Game to rest a nagging foot injury, so there may be opportunities for Knizner to draw some starts early in the second half.

May 31, 2021 02:56 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Productive in rare start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner went 2-for-4 with an RBI double in a loss to the Diamondbacks on Sunday.

The reserve backstop drew only his second start in the last 15 games and was one of the few bright spots for the Cardinals. Knizner has now reached safely in four of the eight plate appearances he's logged during his last two starts, but his opportunities are expected to continue to be sporadic as long as Yadier Molina is healthy.

May 9, 2021 02:12 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Returns to No. 2 role
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rockies.

After Yadier Molina (foot) returned from the injured list Saturday, Knizner's time as the Cardinals' No. 1 catcher came to an end. While Molina was sidelined, Knizner went 6-for-34 (.176 average) over a 10-game stretch.

May 5, 2021 08:28 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Not starting Game 2
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner is not in the lineup for Game 2 of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Mets, Zachary Silver of reports.

Knizer started Game 1 and will head to the bench after going 0-for-3 with a strikeout. Ali Sanchez will take over behind the plate in the nightcap for the Cardinals.

April 28, 2021 04:48 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Good beginning to starting tenure
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner, who's set to serve as the primary catcher for the time being with Yadier Molina (foot) on the injured list, went 2-for-4 with a run in a win over the Phillies on Tuesday.

Knizner started both weekend games against the Reds in Molina's stead and provided similarly encouraging results, going 2-for-7 with a double and an RBI in that pair of games. Tuesday's multi-hit effort, his first of the season, pushed his slash to an impressive .304/.360/.391 across his first 25 plate appearances, and with Molina down at least the next 10 days, Knizner should be in for his most extensive big-league starting opportunity yet.

April 14, 2021 03:20 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Productive in first start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner, making his first start of the season in Tuesday's win over the Nationals, went 1-for-3 with two walks and a run.

Coming into the season, Yadier Molina was projected to cede starting duties behind the dish more often than in the past, but until Tuesday, the ageless veteran's hot bat had kept him in the lineup for each of the Cardinals' first 10 games. Knizner made good use of his opportunity, however, following a 1-for-4 start to the season as a pinch hitter/defensive replacement in three other contests.

March 8, 2021 12:20 AM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Raking early in spring play
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner, who went 2-for-3 with two runs in a Grapefruit League loss to the Nationals on Friday, is 4-for-8 with a double, two RBI and four runs overall across three spring games.

Knizner finally appears to have a clear path to the primary backup role at catcher with veteran Matt Wieters, who effectively blocked him the last two seasons, no longer on the roster. Consequently, the 26-year-old's strong early start is reason for cautious optimism, especially since Knizner has a relatively extensive minor-league track record of success at the plate to support the notion he could thrive with extended opportunity. Through his first 75 major-league plate appearances over the last two seasons, Knizner has generated a .232/.280/.362 slash with five extra-base hits (three doubles, two home runs), 11 RBI, four walks, two steals and eight runs.

February 20, 2021 03:16 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Pivotal year on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner is preparing for the possibility of filling a variety of roles this coming season and has reported to spring training with a holistically impressive mindset, Zachary Silver of reports. "Kiz has really done a nice job," manager Mike Shildt said. "He's off to a good start to camp, he's in a good place physically and mentally."

The 26-year-old doesn't quite know whether he'll open the season back in the minors or as Yadier Molina's backup, but he dove into film study of late-inning game situations this offseason in an attempt to be better prepared for whatever comes his way. Knizner has also stepped up his immersion into scouting reports and has already familiarized himself with the Cardinals' first two scheduled opponents of the regular season, the Reds and Marlins. There's more talk than in previous springs of Molina operating in a legitimate timeshare behind the dish as the club prepares for an eventual future that doesn't include the 38-year-old backstop, and Knizner, with his 26 games of big-league experience and familiarity with the pitching staff, seems much more prepared to step in occasionally for Molina than offseason additions Ali Sanchez and Tyler Heineman.

September 30, 2020 02:52 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Moves up to big club
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals added Knizner to their 28-man roster Wednesday ahead of the team's wild-card series with the Padres, Jeff Jones of the Belleville News-Democrat reports.

Knizner is slated to serve as the Cardinals' No. 3 catcher behind Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters during the three-game series. The 25-year-old appeared in eight games during the regular season, going 4-for-16 with four RBI.

September 4, 2020 06:04 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Dropped from active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner was optioned off the Cardinals' active roster Friday.

Knizner had been filling in as the backup catcher with Matt Wieters out with a bruised toe, going 4-for-16 at the plate. He'll head back to the team's alternate training site now that Wieters is ready to return.

September 2, 2020 03:16 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Thrives as in-game replacement
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner entered Tuesday's win over the Reds on Tuesday as a pinch hitter in the top of the sixth inning and went 2-for-2 with a two-run infield single and a run.

The rarely-used catcher made the most of his playing time opportunity, extending the Cardinals' lead to 13-0 in the sixth inning with his single. Knizner has not logged any starts since Matt Wieters' went on the injured list Aug. 20 with a toe issue, and he has just 17 plate appearances on the season overall.

August 6, 2020 04:20 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Expanded opportunity on tap
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner will be Matt Wieters' primary backup at catcher while Yadier Molina (illness) remains out of action.

Knizner did not see any action over the first five games of the season and has primarily been serving as a bullpen catcher. He'll now ascend to the job of primary backup for the time being, which should afford him some opportunities behind the dish in coming games.

July 24, 2020 02:44 AM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Makes Opening Day roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner was named to the Cardinals' Opening Day roster on Thursday, Anne Rogers of reports.

The promising backstop showed enough in summer camp to finish making his case for a spot that could see him fill a few different roles. Knizner will be available off the bench, as an occasional spot starter in place of the aging top duo of Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters and as a bullpen catcher whenever needed. The Cardinals were intent on allowing Knizner to continue his development in a year without minor-league baseball, with president of baseball operations confirming that was one of the team's priorities.

July 18, 2020 12:40 AM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Opportunity appears solid
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner has made a strong case to serve as a bat off the bench and potential third catcher during the regular season, Anne Rogers of reports.

As part of MLB's unique 2020 format, teams will be allowed to take a three-man taxi squad on road trips, and one of those players must be a catcher. That opens up an opportunity for Knizner, who Rogers points out could also be available for home games in a pinch-hit capacity or in-game replacement and as a bullpen catcher to warm up relievers. Additionally, the advanced age of Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters, the two backstops ahead of him on the depth chart, could also help lead to the occasional spot start for Knizner, who slashed .226/.293/.377 during his first taste of big-league action last season but also put together an impressive body of work as a hitter during his six minor-league stops.

June 29, 2020 03:16 AM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Included in player pool
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner is part of the Cardinals' player pool that will report to summer camp July 1, Anne Rogers of reports.

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.

May 28, 2020 09:08 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Surpassed by Herrera?
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Knizner is viewed less as the organization's catcher of the future than Ivan Herrera, Rick Hummel of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Hummel answers a question from a reader about whether Knizner is a future trade chip due to the presence of Herrera by noting he believes the former can still be an important member of the Cardinals. In addition to serving as a potential backup catcher and first baseman, Knizner could be a natural to fill a designated hitter role if it's instituted in the National League beginning in the 2022 season. The 25-year-old has essentially been in a holding pattern at Triple-A Memphis for the last two seasons while Yadier Molina continues to serve as the unquestioned top catcher when healthy, although Knizner did log his first 18 games of big-league action in 2019. It's also worth noting Knizner is significantly further along his developmental journey than Herrera; therefore, depending on a variety of factors, including the likelihood of a cancelled 2020 minor-league season and expanded rosters at the big-league level this year, Knizner could still put in at least two seasons at the major-league level before Herrera is ready to make his Cardinals debut.

April 28, 2020 11:56 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Would benefit from roster expansion
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

Goold's assessment comes within a response to a reader question of which players would benefit if there were an extra four roster spots at manager Mike Shildt's disposal. Under such a scenario, Knizner would be the third catcher behind Yadier Molina and Matt Wieters on paper. However, if the minor-league season were canceled altogether, it's conceivable the Cardinals would treat Knizner as more of a "2A" option alongside Wieters in order to continue giving the projected backstop of the future semi-regular at-bats. Knizner's Grapefruit League body of work this year underscored that he could use the reps against big-league arms, as he hit just .154 (4-for-26) before spring training was suspended.

March 29, 2020 04:52 PM
Cardinals' Andrew Knizner: Sent to Triple-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cardinals optioned Knizner to Triple-A Memphis on Thursday.

Knizner is viewed within the organization as the eventual successor to Yadier Molina, but the 25-year-old will head back to the farm to begin the campaign while the veteran enters the final year of his contract. With Knizner out of the running for an Opening Day job, Matt Wieters has made the club as the Cardinals' backup catcher.

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