Tyler Flowers
Tyler Flowers
33-Year-Old CatcherC
Atlanta Braves
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Flowers wilted at the plate in 2018 after showing improvement in both 2016 and 2017. Atlanta used him in an unnatural platoon, picking and choosing the matchups for him or Kurt Suzuki -- both catchers hit from the right side. Flowers has been particularly effective against lefties the past few seasons, but was exceptional in those matchups last season hitting .348/.511/.606 over 88 plate appearances. Those insane numbers will regress toward the mean, but Flowers should find a soft landing given his track record. He is more inconsistent against righties. Flowers rates as an above-average receiver, but he will have to share time in 2019 after the Braves brought back Brian McCann, and thus should only be rostered in two-catcher leagues. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $4 million extension with the Braves in August of 2018. Contract includes a $6 million team option ($2 million buyout) for 2020.
Back in timeshare
CAtlanta Braves
April 18, 2019
Flowers will start at catcher and bat seventh Thursday against the Diamondbacks, David O'Brien of The Athletic reports.
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Flowers saw an expanded workload behind the plate over the past week, but he'll likely be stuck in a timeshare moving forward after Brian McCann (hamstring) returned from the injured list Wednesday. McCann is sitting out for the day game after a night game, but he could re-enter the lineup in Flowers' place Friday in Cleveland.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
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3
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vs LHP
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+32%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+173%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+107%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+1%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .952 164 26 6 22 0 .307 .463 .488
Since 2017vs Right .719 540 52 15 58 0 .248 .333 .385
2019vs Left .347 9 1 0 0 0 .125 .222 .125
2019vs Right .948 29 2 1 1 0 .385 .448 .500
2018vs Left 1.117 88 15 5 15 0 .348 .511 .606
2018vs Right .540 208 19 3 15 0 .184 .269 .270
2017vs Left .829 67 10 1 7 0 .283 .433 .396
2017vs Right .821 303 31 11 42 0 .280 .366 .455
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+1%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+20%
OPS on Road
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+5%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .765 352 44 12 40 0 .251 .349 .416
Since 2017Away .776 352 34 9 40 0 .271 .378 .398
2019Home .774 30 2 1 1 0 .296 .367 .407
2019Away .929 8 1 0 0 0 .429 .500 .429
2018Home .719 151 21 5 16 0 .214 .338 .381
2018Away .681 145 13 3 14 0 .240 .345 .336
2017Home .803 171 21 6 23 0 .273 .357 .447
2017Away .840 199 20 6 26 0 .287 .397 .443
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Stat Review
How does Tyler Flowers compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances). The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.
BB/K
0.17
 
BB Rate
5.3%
 
K Rate
31.6%
 
BABIP
.476
 
ISO
.088
 
AVG
.324
 
OBP
.395
 
SLG
.412
 
OPS
.807
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Flowers made a trip to the DL due to a wrist injury and split time fairly evenly with Kurt Suzuki when active, but he did enough at the plate to finish as a top-15 fantasy catcher. Perhaps that speaks more to the lack of talent at the position than it does Flowers' ability, but Flowers has made strides as a hitter over the past two seasons, showing improved patience and contact ability. He trimmed his strikeout rate to a career-low 22.2 percent in 2017 (down from 28 percent) while maintaining a walk rate above eight percent (120 wRC+). His hard-hit rate fell (as did his flyball rate to just 33.3 percent), but a 37.1 percent hard-hit rate is still an impressive mark. Unfortunately, there doesn't seem to be much room for growth in 2018 barring a trade, as Kurt Suzuki re-upped with Atlanta on a one-year deal, and Suzuki's success against lefties means Flowers' chances against them will remain limited.
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 best season of his MLB career, at least in terms of rate stats. He continued to struggle with plate discipline, striking out in 28.0 percent of his plate appearances, but Flowers hit the ball hard when he did make contact (43.8 percent hard-hit rate). While Flowers is not the team's catcher of the future, his 2017 playing time seems relatively safe with 33-year-old Anthony Recker probably only worthy of two-to-three starts per week. The skills aren't worth paying a premium for, but Flowers is a reasonable second catcher option in 15-team mixed leagues.
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.
Flowers’ first season in the White Sox’s organization culminated in a September callup, though he didn’t 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. Pierzynski’s backup, which is a pretty worthless short-term role, but he could factor into the DH discussion. Pierzynski’s 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). It’s 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.
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Not starting Saturday
CAtlanta Braves
April 13, 2019
Flowers is not in the lineup Saturday against the Mets.
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Notches hit in return
CAtlanta Braves
April 10, 2019
Flowers (hand) went 1-for-4 with a base hit in his return to the lineup Tuesday in the Braves' 7-1 win over the Rockies.
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Returns to lineup
CAtlanta Braves
April 9, 2019
Flowers (hand) is back in the lineup Tuesday against the Rockies.
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Could play in emergency
CAtlanta Braves
Hand
April 8, 2019
Flowers (hand) is available in an emergency Monday night against Colorado and could be back in the lineup by Tuesday, Gabe Burns of The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
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Remains out
CAtlanta Braves
Hand
April 8, 2019
Flowers (hand) is not in the lineup Monday against the Rockies.
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