Tony Wolters
Tony Wolters
27-Year-Old CatcherC
Colorado Rockies
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Following the signing of Chris Iannetta, Wolters was locked into a backup role to begin the 2018 campaign. His production during the season also didn't demand a bigger role. Across 216 plate appearances, the 26-year-old slashed .170/.292/.286 with three homers and 27 RBI. He continued displaying good plate discipline (33:26 K:BB), but he didn't take advantage of Coors Field, as his OPS both at home and on the road declined. With Iannetta back for one more year in 2019 and Tom Murphy taking more innings behind the plate, the catcher position in Colorado is pretty crowded heading into 2019. However, Wolters did wind up being German Marquez’s personal catcher by the end of 2018 and is a superior defensive catcher to Iannetta and Murphy, so he has a path to some playing time with a chance for more if he can perform better with the bat. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $960,000 contract with the Rockies in January of 2019, avoiding arbitration.
Not in lineup
CColorado Rockies
September 28, 2019
Wolters is not starting Saturday against Milwaukee.
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Wolters and Drew Butera have each started four of the last six games behind the plate. Butera takes his turn Saturday.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
13
55
3
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
1
26
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2019
 
 
+17%
OPS vs LHP
2018
 
 
+6%
OPS vs LHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017vs Left .652 225 21 0 21 0 .242 .338 .314
Since 2017vs Right .626 668 70 4 64 2 .231 .324 .302
2019vs Left .743 124 11 0 12 0 .280 .369 .374
2019vs Right .634 287 31 1 30 0 .254 .324 .310
2018vs Left .603 43 5 0 8 0 .194 .326 .278
2018vs Right .571 173 14 3 19 2 .164 .283 .288
2017vs Left .496 58 5 0 1 0 .196 .281 .216
2017vs Right .661 208 25 0 15 0 .253 .357 .303
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2017
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+35%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2017Home .692 445 52 1 49 0 .262 .354 .338
Since 2017Away .574 448 39 3 36 2 .206 .300 .273
2019Home .712 214 25 0 22 0 .281 .366 .346
2019Away .616 197 17 1 20 0 .241 .306 .310
2018Home .660 113 13 1 18 0 .217 .345 .315
2018Away .489 103 6 2 9 2 .122 .233 .256
2017Home .685 118 14 0 9 0 .267 .342 .343
2017Away .574 148 16 0 7 0 .218 .340 .234
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Stat Review
How does Tony Wolters 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.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.53
 
BB Rate
8.8%
 
K Rate
16.5%
 
BABIP
.314
 
ISO
.067
 
AVG
.262
 
OBP
.337
 
SLG
.329
 
OPS
.666
 
wOBA
.297
 
Exit Velocity
85.4 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
30.1%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2016
2015
In the first half, the converted infielder looked to be having a breakout year in his second full season in the big leagues. Wolters held a batting average above .300 into mid-June and produced a 20:27 BB:K in his first 44 games. However, things went south quickly. He only mustered a .156 batting average over the last three-and-a-half months of the season and even went to the minors at one point. It didn't help that the Rockies brought in Jonathan Lucroy at the trade deadline, but Wolters' splits are what truly did him in. In his two MLB seasons, he holds an .820 OPS at home and a mere .534 OPS on the road. He also is barely hitting above the Mendoza Line in his career against lefties, and packs little-to-no power. Chris Iannetta was signed in free agency and Tom Murphy looks like the likely backup to begin the season, leaving Wolters as an organizational depth option.
Wolters hadn't appeared above Double-A prior to the 2016 season, but after developing quite a bit behind the plate and putting together a strong showing during spring training, the former infielder managed to crack the Rockies' Opening Day roster as the backup catcher. Expectations were fairly low for the 24-year-old, as he hadn't hit above .250 since 2013 with Cleveland's Low-A affiliate, but he surprised everyone by posting a respectable .259 batting average to go with 15 doubles and 30 RBI. He also was heralded for his defensive abilities by the end of the season. His 23 percent strikeout rate is less than desirable, but given how much he produced in a backup role, the former third-round pick's first season in the majors was largely a success. Still, catching prospect Tom Murphy seems primed to take over the starting catching duties now that Nick Hundley has left Colorado, which could limit Wolters to a backup role once more.
Wolters' transition from the middle infield to behind the plate has actually gone pretty well as he threw out 49 percent (38-of-77) of would be basestealers last season at Double-A Akron. His bat has been slow to come around, however. Wolters has never hit much since being drafted in 2010, posting just a .607 OPS in 159 career games at Double-A, so the move to behind the plate was the best chance for him to carve out any sort of career in the big leagues. He'll need to continue to refine his receiving skills and perhaps the bat will take an upturn at some point as he gets more comfortable behind the plate, but he's never going to be a fantasy asset. He's a good candidate to get DFA'ed this winter as the Indians look to make room on their 40-man roster.
Wolters' offensive shortcomings have been fairly well established after five minor league seasons. In 94 games (387 PA) with Double-A Akron in 2014, Wolters hit just .249/.319/.314 with one homer, 34 RBI and a .605 OPS against left-handed pitching. He does have a career .342 OBP, but has managed a mere 13 homers in 1,598 plate appearances. The 22-year-old is uniquely versatile in the field, however, with the ability to play catcher as well as both middle infield positions. The Indians added Wolters to their 40-man in November ahead of the Rule 5 roster deadline, presumably to serve as an insurance policy behind the plate in the early going, but even if Wolters does receive a major-league opportunity in 2015, he likely won't be deployed in anything more than a backup/utility role and he's shown nothing in the minors to suggest he'll ever make a fantasy impact.
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Heads to bench
CColorado Rockies
September 26, 2019
Wolters is not starting Thursday against the Giants.
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Not in Tuesday's lineup
CColorado Rockies
September 24, 2019
Wolters will sit Tuesday against the Giants.
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Heads to bench
CColorado Rockies
September 22, 2019
Wolters is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Dodgers.
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On bench Wednesday
CColorado Rockies
September 18, 2019
Wolters is not starting Wednesday against the Mets, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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On bench Monday
CColorado Rockies
September 16, 2019
Wolters is not starting Monday against the Mets.
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