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J.R. Towles

30-Year-Old Catcher – Free Agent

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: NO   BATS: R   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 2"   WT: 192   DOB: 2/11/1984   BORN: Crosby, TX   COLLEGE: North Central Texas   DRAFTED: 20th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Agreed to a minor league contract with the Dodgers in May of 2013.

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J.R. Towles Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2006 22 A A 81 305 284 39 90 33 19 2 12 55 13 5 21 46 0 0 0 .317 .382 .525 .907
2007 23 A Sal 26 102 90 14 18 5 3 2 0 11 3 5 12 15 0 0 0 .200 .339 .278 .617
2007 23 AA COR 61 257 216 47 70 25 12 2 11 49 9 4 23 35 3 0 15 .324 .425 .551 .976
2007 23 AAA ROU 13 50 43 5 12 0 0 0 0 2 2 4 4 7 2 0 1 .279 .354 .279 .633
2007 23 MAJ HOU 14 44 40 9 15 6 5 0 1 12 0 1 3 1 0 0 1 .375 .432 .575 1.007
2008 24 AAA ROU 48 192 168 28 51 17 8 2 7 28 4 3 13 31 3 2 6 .304 .370 .500 .870
2008 24 MAJ HOU 54 171 146 10 20 9 5 0 4 16 0 0 16 40 3 0 6 .137 .250 .253 .503
2009 25 AAA ROU 56 178 145 23 39 16 11 1 4 22 3 0 22 27 2 3 6 .269 .381 .441 .822
2009 25 MAJ HOU 16 53 48 7 9 4 2 0 2 3 0 0 3 16 1 0 1 .188 .250 .354 .604
2010 26 AA Cor 5 20 14 3 2 1 1 0 0 3 2 0 4 4 0 0 2 .143 .400 .214 .614
2010 26 MAJ HOU 17 51 47 3 9 4 3 0 1 8 0 0 2 12 0 1 1 .191 .235 .319 .554
2011 27 AAA Okl 35 136 105 19 29 7 4 0 3 11 3 0 18 11 1 1 11 .276 .430 .400 .830
2011 27 MAJ HOU 54 165 147 11 27 10 7 0 3 11 0 0 13 26 1 2 2 .184 .256 .293 .549
2012 28 AAA Roc 52 189 168 24 36 15 14 0 1 10 2 4 12 36 3 2 4 .214 .280 .315 .595
2013 29 AAA Alb 4 17 15 2 3 1 0 0 1 2 1 0 0 3 2 0 0 .200 .200 .400 .600
2013 29 AAA Mem 19 71 59 15 14 9 3 1 5 14 0 0 8 10 0 0 4 .237 .366 .576 .942
3-Year Averages MAJ   54 165 147 11 27 10 7 0 3 11 0 0 13 26 1 2 2 .184 .256 .293 .549
Career  (View All) MAJ   155 484 428 40 80 33 22 0 11 50 0 1 37 95 5 3 11 .187 .267 .315 .583

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J.R. Towles: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2011 51
2010 15
2009 15

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J.R. Towles Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2011473130.149.298.524

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20111008280.200.290.560

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2011856140.200.282.546

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2011625270.161.306.553
J.R. Towles Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2006 22 A A 305 284 6.9% 15.1% 0.46 84% .345 .208
2007 23 A Sal 102 90 11.8% 14.7% 0.80 83% .240 .078
2007 23 AA COR 257 216 8.9% 13.6% 0.66 84% .347 .227
2007 23 AAA ROU 50 43 8% 14% 0.57 84% .333 .000
2007 23 MAJ HOU 44 40 6.8% 2.3% 3.00 98% .368 .200
2008 24 AAA ROU 192 168 6.8% 16.1% 0.42 82% .338 .196
2008 24 MAJ HOU 171 146 9.4% 23.4% 0.40 73% .157 .116
2009 25 AAA ROU 178 145 12.4% 15.2% 0.81 81% .307 .172
2009 25 MAJ HOU 53 48 5.7% 30.2% 0.19 67% .233 .166
2010 26 AA Cor 20 14 20% 20% 1.00 71% .200 .071
2010 26 MAJ HOU 51 47 3.9% 23.5% 0.17 74% .235 .128
2011 27 AAA Okl 136 105 13.2% 8.1% 1.64 90% .286 .124
2011 27 MAJ HOU 165 147 7.9% 15.8% 0.50 82% .203 .109
2012 28 AAA Roc 189 168 6.3% 19% 0.33 79% .267 .101
2013 29 AAA Alb 17 15 0% 17.6% 0.00 80% .182 .200
2013 29 AAA Mem 71 59 11.3% 14.1% 0.80 83% .205 .339
3-Year Averages MAJ   165 147 7.9% 15.8% 0.50 82% .203 .109
Career MAJ   484 428 7.6% 19.6% 0.39 78% .214 .128

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for J.R. Towles (by OPS, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Rich Hill BOS 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.667
Burke Badenhop BOS 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Brad Thompson MIN 3 2 0 0 1 0 0 .667 1.000 1.750
Randy Wolf AZ 6 2 1 1 2 0 0 .333 1.000 1.500
Edgar Gonzalez CIN 2 1 0 1 0 0 0 .500 1.000 1.500
Ricky Nolasco MIN 5 2 1 1 0 0 0 .400 1.000 1.400
J.A. Happ TOR 4 2 0 0 1 0 0 .500 .750 1.350
Heath Bell TB 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 1.000
Homer Bailey CIN 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 .333 .667 1.000
Johnny Cueto CIN 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 .333 .667 1.000

Worst Matchups for J.R. Towles (by OPS, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Carlos Marmol MIA 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Logan Ondrusek CIN 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Matt Belisle COL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Lance Lynn STL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Mitchell Boggs CHI-A 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jared Burton MIN 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Josh Collmenter AZ 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kevin Correia MIN 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Alex White HOU 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Jonny Venters ATL 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000

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J.R. Towles: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Towles was placed on the 7-day DL at Triple-A Rochester with a hamstring injury.

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Towles was reassigned to Minnesota's minor league camp.

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Towles will not make the final 25-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Towles hit a home run in his only at-bat in Sunday's spring training split squad win over Tampa Bay. He's battling Drew Butera for the third catcher job.

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Towles signed a minor league contract with Minnesota that includes an invitation to spring training, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.

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Towles was called up from Triple-A Oklahoma City, according to the team's official site.

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Towles was optioned to Triple-A Oklahoma City when the Astros activated Humberto Quintero, according to the team's official site.

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Towles (face) went 0-for-4 in his return to the lineup Thursday.

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Towles (face) is not in the starting lineup Tuesday, Alyson Footer of MLB.com reports.

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Towles (face) is not in the lineup for Saturday's game against the Rays, according to MLB.com's Alyson Footer.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

There was no outlook written for J.R. Towles.

2012

Towles will likely be the starting catcher at Triple-A Rochester, but there's some upside for him getting playing time in Minnesota. If Joe Mauer's injury woes continue to limit his time behind the plate, Towles could get into the mix since Drew Butera is a weak hitter and Ryan Doumit isn't strong with the glove. There's also a chance he beats out Butera for the third catcher role with the Twins to start the season.

2011

Towles had another shot to nail down the starting catcher position last season but failed to impress. He had just four extra-base hits in 47 at-bats and drew only two walks while striking out 12 times. He faces an uphill battle this spring now that Jason Castro wears the "catcher of the future" tag. Chances are, Towles will find himself playing elsewhere in 2011 with Humberto Quintero penciled in as the No. 2 backstop behind Castro for Houston this season.

2010

Towles' star lost a bit of its shine after a rough callup in 2008 and a mixed 2009 Triple-A performance. The Astros started him three of every five games down the stretch, hoping to see a glimmer of the magic he displayed in September 2007. They didn't, as he hit .182 over the last month of the season. Jason Castro is increasingly looking like the catcher of the future for the Astros. If Towles doesn't right the ship soon, he may wind up a career backup.

2009

Towles was anointed the starter and successor to Brad Ausmus in spring training, but simply could not get the job done out of the gate. He compiled a .145 batting average before being sent down to Triple-A Round Rock in early June. His struggles continued initially at Round Rock, but he eventually righted the ship and ended up hitting .304/.370/.500 with seven homers and 28 RBI in 168 at-bats before being called back up in September. Heís clearly a superior hitter to Humberto Quintero, but Quintero is better behind the plate. The two will compete to be Houstonís starter this year, but until Towles proves he can hit at the major league level, you'll want to tread very carefully with him in most formats.

2008

Towles, a 23-year-old catcher, rose through the ranks last season as he spent time at High-A Salem, Double-A Corpus Christi and Triple-A Round Rock before getting promoted to the majors in September. He batted .287/.393/.447, with 11 homers and 62 RBI in the minors. He's known as a good receiver, and has a plus arm behind the dish. Towles projects as Houston's catcher of the future, and has a great mentor in Brad Ausmus, as the two should share the catching duties this season, with the youngster representing the high-upside, fantasy-friendly option of the pair.

2007

Towles hit .317/.382/.525 with 12 homers, 19 doubles and 55 RBI at Low-A Lexington in 2006. He also stole 13 bases in 18 attempts. For a catcher, he has a rare combination of both offensive and defensive ability. His bat is very quick through the hitting zone, and he utilizes the entire field. Behind the plate, he's very agile with soft hands and a plus arm. He should start the year at High-A Salem, but we expect him to finish at Double-A Corpus Christi at the least.

2006

Towles was drafted in the 20th round in 2004 from a junior college in Texas. He is an athletic catcher with a good defensive reputation, and the proven ability to make contact and hit for average. He is also unusually fast for a catcher. Right now the main question is power development, but he clearly bears watching.