Hometown: La Guaira, Venezuela
Only signed to a minor league contract with the Red Sox on January 29, 2010, Gustavo Molina seems a pure depth provision at the catching position.
In limited at bats, the 28-year-old Venezuelan owns a lemon-like buck-eighteen average, but that meager number doesn’t provide an entirely accurate picture of Molina’s offensive ability.
Signing with the 2000 White Sox organization as an undrafted free agent, Molina advanced to their Triple A club before being claimed off waivers by the Baltimore Orioles at the 2007 trade deadline.
Suddenly given new offensive life, Molina surged for the Orioles’ Double A Bowie affiliate and batted a career-high .364 with an .803 OPS.
Since that time, Molina has unfortunately posted only marginal offensive numbers during time with the Mets and Nationals.
Not being a member of the famed “Catching Molinas,” Gustavo cannot make up for what he lacks offensively by gunning down runners or calling no hitters.
At his best, Molina will spend the year with the Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA), post career numbers, and receive a MLB call up only if better catchers drop like bloop singles before him.