31-Year-Old Catcher – Atlanta Braves
2017 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
In a season to forget for the Braves' organization as a whole, Flowers was a bright spot, offensively. After seven below-average seasons with the White Sox, the 30-year-old catcher put together the be...
Tyler Flowers Contract Information:
Signed a two-year, $5.3 million contract with the Braves in December of 2015. Contract includes a $4 million club option and $300,000 buyout for 2018.
The Braves exercised their 2018 contract option on Flowers on Monday.
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|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Tyler Flowers||3-Year Averages||107||375||339||30||84||25||15||0||10||43||0||0||25||118||1||2||8||.248||.313||.381||.693|
|Career (View All)||613||2,090||1,865||192||448||153||85||2||66||232||2||6||153||637||4||11||57||.240||.315||.394||.710|
|Sep. 27||@NYM||Did not play.|
|Sep. 24||Phi||Did not play.|
|Sep. 22||Phi||Did not play.|
|Sep. 20||Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 19||Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 17||NYM||Did not play.|
|Sep. 16||NYM||Did not play.|
|Sep. 15||NYM||Did not play.|
|Sep. 14||@Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 12||@Was||Did not play.|
|Sep. 9||Mia||Did not play.|
|Sep. 7||Mia||Did not play.|
|Sep. 6||Tex||Did not play.|
|Sep. 6||Tex||Did not play.|
|Sep. 4||Tex||Did not play.|
|Sep. 3||@ChC||Did not play.|
|Sep. 2||@ChC||Did not play.|
|Sep. 1||@ChC||Did not play.|
|Last 7 Games||13||0||2||1||0||0||0||2||4||0||0||1||0||0||.154||.313||.231||.544|
|Last 14 Games||23||1||5||1||0||1||2||4||8||0||0||1||0||0||.217||.357||.391||.748|
|Last 30 Games||37||2||11||2||0||1||6||4||10||0||0||2||0||0||.297||.395||.432||.827|
Tyler Flowers: MLB Games Played By Position
Tyler Flowers Split Stats (View Full Split Stats)
|Year||Age||Lg||Tm||PA||AB||Walk Rate||Strikeout Rate||BB/K Ratio||Contact Rate||BABIP||Isolated Power|
|Preseason||Subscribe now to see our 2017 projections for Tyler Flowers||3-Year Averages||375||339||6.7%||31.5%||0.21||65%||.347||.133|
Tyler Flowers Defensive Stats
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2017 Stat Review for Tyler Flowers As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2016 (min 410 PA)
Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.
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SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.
Atlanta Braves Roster
MajorsAdams, Matt (1B)
AAAllard, Kolby (P)
A+Davidson, Braxton (OF)
AAnderson, Ian (P)
RookieBacon, Troy (P)
Tyler Flowers: Past News Updates ( ▲ View most recent update )
RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Flowers was once known as a bat-first catcher who was a threat to hit 20 home runs at the beginning of every season. He lost some playing time to Geovany Soto during the season, but he still played in more than 100 games and accumulated more than 350 plate appearances. He also posted a sub-.300 OBP for the fourth consecutive season. The White Sox had seen enough, non-tendering Flowers, who then signed a two-year, $5.3 million deal with the Braves. Atlanta may be one of the few organizations where Flowers could conceivably be the primary catcher, as his sole competition is A.J. Pierzynski, but Flowers' track record at the plate still makes him waiver wire fodder in most formats.
Flowers got his longest look as the White Sox's starting catcher in 2014, setting career highs in games played, hits, home runs, and strikeouts. His batting average rose nearly 50 points after hitting .195 in 2013, but his .241 batting average marked a career-best, and it was also buttressed by an unsustainable .355 BABIP. Additionally, he continues to strike out too frequently -- his 36.0% strikeout rate in 2014 was the worst among all batters with at least 400 plate appearances. However, he can hit for some power, which should make him somewhat useful assuming the White Sox do not bring in another viable catcher during the offseason.
The White Sox passed over re-signing A.J. Pierzynski after the 2012 season, deciding to entrust Flowers with everyday catching duties. That did not work out so well. A .208/.260/.372 line through 207 at-bats had Josh Phegley up by Independence Day, and Flowers struggled to earn playing time in July and August before undergoing shoulder surgery in September. Now 28, there are serious doubts as to whether Flowers can be a productive hitter with regular playing time at the big league level. He is expected to be ready for spring training, and he may have to fight for a roster spot depending on the White Sox's ability to bring in additional competition during the offseason.
Flowers finally broke camp with the major league club in 2012 after six seasons in the minors. Because he served as the ever-durable A.J. Pierzynski's backup, Flowers was limited to a game or two behind the plate per week for the entire season. He showed some power in his limited playing time, especially against right-handed pitchers, but he did not exhibit the same kind of patience at the plate we have seen during his minor league run. The spotlight could finally be on Flowers after the White Sox let Pierzynski walk in free agency, and the front office has expressed confidence in his ability to work as the team's primary catcher if needed.
A year ago, it looked like Flowers' prospect clock was running low. But an .890 OPS at Triple-A Charlotte and then some regular playing time in the majors in August and September have us hopeful once again. He only hit .209 and struck out in nearly a third of his 110 big league at-bats, but 10 of his 23 hits went for extra-bases and he walked 14 times. It is not clear if the White Sox will allow him to start the season as A.J. Pierzynksi's backup or if they will want him to receive everyday at-bats at Triple-A, but he could reach double-digits in home runs if the White Sox decide to phase out Pierzynski.
Flowers was supposed to push A.J. Pierzynski for the starting catcher role in 2010, but he took a step back and his standing in the White Sox organization appears much weaker in December 2010 than in December 2009. Flowers only managed a .220/.334/.434 line in his first full season at Triple-A Charlotte, and five of his 16 home runs came in a 10-game window. He played sparingly during a September callup, and he appears destined for another full season in Charlotte in 2011 after the White Sox re-signed Pierzynski to a two-year deal in the offseason.
Flowersí first season in the White Soxís organization culminated in a September callup, though he didnít get much playing time in his first trip to the majors. He posted a decent season split between Double-A Birmingham and Triple-A Charlotte, but 13 of his 15 home runs came in his 77 games in Birmingham. He averaged about a strikeout per game again, but that will be palatable as long as the power translates to the majors. The big question is whether he will start 2010 in Chicago or Charlotte? Even if it were the former, then he would serve as A.J. Pierzynskiís backup, which is a pretty worthless short-term role, but he could factor into the DH discussion. Pierzynskiís contract expires at season's end, so Flowers should be behind the plate come Opening Day 2011.
Flowers had a very good year at High-A Myrtle Beach, showing good power (17 home runs) and rare patience at the plate for a catcher (98 walks). Itís not clear if his glove is good enough to keep him behind the plate as he moves through the minors, but that may not be as much of a factor since he can now DH in the American League after being traded to the White Sox from Atlanta in December. He'll likely start next season at Double-A, but could rise quickly -- especially with his path to the majors clearer in his new organization.