Future Watch: Andrew Knizner Rookie Baseball Cards, Cardinals – Andrew Knizner was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the seventh round of the 2016 MLB Amateur Draft. This talented catcher starred at North Carolina State University pre-draft.
His freshman season was a good one. He had 12 multi-RBI games, he had 10 RBI in his last 12 games, and he hit a cool .330 with four homers and 47 RBI on the season. He earned all-conference honors as a third baseman.
In 2015, he made the Perfect Game All-America first team.
In 2016, he played rookie ball for the Johnson City Cardinals hitting, 319 with six homers and 42 RBI. He was still a third baseman.
In 2017, he ended up in Double-A with Springfield. His combined season was 12 home runs, 51 RBI, 23 doubles and a .302 batting average.
In 2018, he ended up in Triple-A. He hit .318 with seven home runs and 45 RBI. He was looked at as the heir apparent to Yadier Molina.
In 2019, he started in Triple-A with the Memphis Redbirds. In his first 202 at-bats, he had seven home runs, 24 RBI and a .277 average. He got called up to the big club in June.
According to his MLB.com draft 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. ETA NOW.
Collectors can get his 2018 Bowman Draft autographed rookie card.
So far with the Cardinals, he’s played in only seven games. He’s the backup learning on the job at 24. He’s finding his way this season, but good things are on the horizon for this rookie. Collectors can count on the fact that he should eventually be the Cardinals #1 catcher.
Follow him on Twitter @A_Knizner.
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