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Andrew Knizner

Andrew Knizner

C | B/T: R/R | 6' 1" 200 | Age: 24
Draft: 2016 (Rd: 7, #226, St. Louis Cardinals) - North Carolina State
Glen Allen, VA USA
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Stats

PA AB R H HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG OPS
2019 58 53 7 12 2 7 2 .226 .293 .377 .670
1 Season 58 53 7 12 2 7 2 .226 .293 .377 .670
AVG HR RBI SB OPS
2019 .226 2 7 2 .670
1 Season .226 2 7 2 .670

Standard MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGGPAABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSHBPAVGOBPSLGOPS
2019 STL NL 18 58 53 7 12 2 0 2 7 4 14 2 0 1 .226 .293 .377 .670
*: All Star Season, Rankings AL/NL: Top 5 10 15 20      Click for Chart.

Advanced MLB Batting Statistics

SeasonTmLGPATBLOBSACSFBABIPXBHGIDPGIDPONPP/PAK/PAHR/PABB/KISOROEWO
2019 STL NL 58 20 23 0 0 .270 4 3 11 197 3.4 .241 .034 .286 .151 .151 0

Scouting Report

Scouting grades: Hit: 55 | Power: 45 | Run: 30 | Arm: 55 | Field: 50 | Overall: 50

Knizner (pronounced KIZ-ner) began his college career as a third baseman before moving behind the plate as a North Carolina State sophomore. The Cardinals, with a strong track record of finding college talent in the later rounds, nabbed Knizner in the seventh round of the 2016 Draft and signed him for $185,300. He made the jump directly from Class A to Double-A during his first full season, hitting .302 overall between the two levels, and then capped his year off with a strong showing in the Arizona Fall League. He followed it by hitting .313 and reaching Triple-A in 2018, earning a Futures Game selection along the way.

Knizner has shown a knack for barreling up the baseball as a pro, making lots of hard, line-drive contact to all fields en route to a .310 average in 242 games during his first three seasons. While his aggressive approach results in few walks, he also doesn't strike out much. Knizner's right-handed power is still developing and he should clear more fences as it does, though it's likely that he'll always have a hit-over-power profile.

Knizner is athletic behind the plate but still learning the nuances of the position, especially in terms of his receiving and calling a game. His arm strength is only average but plays up because he's accurate, and he stands to improve his pop times even more with better footwork. With Carson Kelly no longer in the picture after he was dealt to Arizona in an offseason trade, Knizner seems poised to back up Yadier Molina in the short term, with the potential to eventually succeed the veteran behind the plate.


Statcast - Batting

Season Pitches Batted Balls Barrels Barrel % Exit Velocity Launch Angle XBA XSLG WOBA XWOBA XWOBACON Hard Hit % K % BB %
2019 197 39 1 2.6 88.1 7.3 .170 .284 .289 .234 .259 33.3 24.1 6.9
ALL 197 39 1 2.6 88.1 7.3 .170 .284 .289 .234 .259 33.3 24.1 6.9
MLB 40553 6.3 87.5 11.2 .251 .412 .317 .318 .371 34.5 21.7 8.3

Transactions

Team Date Transaction
10/16/2019 St. Louis Cardinals activated C Andrew Knizner.
10/03/2019 St. Louis Cardinals reassigned C Andrew Knizner to the minor leagues.
09/01/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled C Andrew Knizner from Memphis Redbirds.
08/12/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned C Andrew Knizner to Memphis Redbirds.
07/11/2019 St. Louis Cardinals recalled Andrew Knizner from Memphis Redbirds.
06/11/2019 St. Louis Cardinals optioned C Andrew Knizner to Memphis Redbirds.
05/31/2019 St. Louis Cardinals selected the contract of Andrew Knizner from Memphis Redbirds.
04/04/2019 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Cardinals Extended Spring Training.
03/24/2019 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Cardinals Extended Spring Training from Memphis Redbirds.
02/11/2019 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster C Andrew Knizner to spring training.
08/31/2018 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
08/12/2018 Springfield Cardinals activated C Andrew Knizner from the 7-day disabled list.
08/05/2018 Springfield Cardinals placed C Andrew Knizner on the 7-day disabled list.
07/16/2018 Springfield Cardinals activated C Andrew Knizner from the temporarily inactive list.
07/14/2018 Springfield Cardinals placed C Andrew Knizner on the temporarily inactive list.
06/09/2018 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Memphis Redbirds.
05/17/2018 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Memphis Redbirds from Springfield Cardinals.
02/07/2018 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster C Andrew Knizner to spring training.
06/14/2017 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Springfield Cardinals from Peoria Chiefs.
04/02/2017 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Peoria Chiefs from Johnson City Cardinals.
02/16/2017 St. Louis Cardinals invited non-roster C Andrew Knizner to spring training.
06/22/2016 C Andrew Knizner assigned to Johnson City Cardinals.
06/18/2016 St. Louis Cardinals signed C Andrew Knizner.