|Nestor Molina (ESPN.com)|
Birthday: January 9th, 1989
Hometown: Valencia, Venezuela
Molina was acquired from Toronto in the Sergio Santos trade. Once Santos became a member of the White Sox, he automatically became a top prospect in the system. Most even had him as the top prospect entering the 2012 season. He quickly lost that top ranking with a disappointing 2012 season. In 2012, he had a record of 6-11, an ERA of 4.55, and a 1.516 WHIP mostly with AA Birmingham. While those numbers aren't God-awful, they are pretty ugly comparing them to 2011's (sub-1 WHIP, 2.21 ERA, 12-3 record, etc.).
Molina wasn't always a starter. He began as an infielder, then a reliever, and eventually got the chance to start in 2011 with Toronto on a consistent basis. While he had a rough 2012, he still has great control and command posting 1.9 BB/9 and 6.3 SO/9 rates. His arsenal includes a fastball that ranges from 90-92 MPH and can reach 94 and a 84-86 MPH splitter (considered his best pitch).
Add Molina to the "will be interesting to watch in 2013" list. Can he bounce back from a down year and return or get close to where he was with the Jays? Will they stick with him as a starter or eventually move him back to the bullpen?
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