Cards snag Fielding Bible Awards
Molina, Pujols recognized as best defenders at their positions
ST. LOUIS -- Yadier Molina still has to wait a while before he learns whether he's a Gold Glover, but by one measure, Molina has already been crowned as tops at his position. Molina, along with Albert Pujols, was named Thursday as a recipient of a Fielding Bible Award.
The awards are given Major League-wide, rather than one in each league, so Molina's selection marks him as the top defensive catcher in either league. He beat out last year's winner and 12-time Gold Glove winner Ivan Rodriguez.
Molina threw out 46 percent of would-be basestealers this year. He was charged with six errors and seven passed balls.
Also bringing home an award was Pujols, who could be in line for his second Gold Glove when the awards are announced later this month. Pujols was the only repeat Fielding Bible Award winner and received the largest percentage of votes of any player at any position.
The panel voting on the Fielding Bible Awards includes legendary analyst Bill James, columnists Rob Neyer and Joe Posnanski, the scouts at Baseball Info Solutions and several other distinguished members of the baseball community.
Team USA: The Cardinals will be well represented in the upcoming IABF World Cup in Taiwan, as three St. Louis farmhands are playing for Team USA -- the most of any organization. In exhibition games in Arizona, Bryan Anderson got off to a 3-for-10 start, Colby Rasmus is 5-for-17 with three doubles and Chris Perez has been touched for five runs in three appearances.
Fall League: Elsewhere in the desert, Redbird pitchers are chugging along in the Arizona Fall League. Mitchell Boggs has allowed two runs, five hits and six walks in 13 innings, striking out 10 over four starts. Stuart Pomeranz has pitched seven scoreless innings in three starts, striking out three and walking two. Kyle McClellan left the league early for a very good and scheduled reason -- his wedding.
Amaury Cazana Marti, who took the place of Joe Mather in the AFL, got off to a 4-for-14 start with a home run. Mather was shut down due to an elbow strain. Jarrett Hoffpauir is hitting .273 (9-for-33) in the Fall League, but seven walks give him a .400 on-base percentage.
Winter ball: Jose Martinez, who emerged as a very intriguing prospect this year at Double-A Springfield, has kept up his hot hitting in winter ball. Martinez got off to an 8-for-26 start with Aragua of the Venezuelan League. He's hit two homers and a double, giving the shortstop a .577 slugging percentage.
Matthew Leach is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.