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#pounditMonday, January 30, 2023

Yadier Molina brings the heat in latest pitching appearance

Yadier Molina strikeout

The St. Louis Cardinals have been one of the teams to frequently use position players as pitchers in blowouts, and they did so again in amusing fashion on Wednesday.

Catcher Yadier Molina took the mound in the 8th inning Wednesday with the Cardinals trailing the Rays 11-3. The appearance quickly went viral, including a pair of pitches that somehow got Isaac Paredes off balance enough for a swinging three-pitch strikeout.

Talk about changing speeds. The first two pitches didn’t even register on the broadcast radar gun, though Statcast data clocked them at 49 and 51 mph, respectively. Molina then dialed it up to 76 to get the strikeout.

Molina allowed two hits, but did not give up a run. That’s a much better showing than he offered in his pitching debut last month, so he’s clearly learning.

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