Tony Wolters
Tony Wolters
26-Year-Old CatcherC
Colorado Rockies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
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Not in lineup Wednesday
CColorado Rockies
September 5, 2018
Wolters is not starting Wednesday against the Giants, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports.
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Wolters has a very slight playing-time edge behind the plate in Colorado, though he's only started in back-to-back games once in the last 15 games. Chris Iannetta will get the call Wednesday.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+23%
OPS vs RHP
2018
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2017
 
 
+33%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+31%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .548 141 13 1 13 0 .206 .286 .262
Since 2016vs Right .674 554 62 5 58 6 .236 .330 .344
2018vs Left .586 40 5 0 7 0 .200 .300 .286
2018vs Right .592 159 13 3 18 2 .176 .283 .309
2017vs Left .496 58 5 0 1 0 .196 .281 .216
2017vs Right .661 208 25 0 15 0 .253 .357 .303
2016vs Left .579 43 3 1 5 0 .225 .279 .300
2016vs Right .757 187 24 2 25 4 .267 .339 .418
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+47%
OPS at Home
2018
 
 
+32%
OPS at Home
2017
 
 
+19%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+99%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .776 337 43 3 49 3 .286 .361 .415
Since 2016Away .527 358 32 3 22 3 .177 .283 .244
2018Home .671 100 12 1 16 0 .235 .330 .341
2018Away .510 99 6 2 9 2 .128 .242 .267
2017Home .685 118 14 0 9 0 .267 .342 .343
2017Away .574 148 16 0 7 0 .218 .340 .234
2016Home .957 119 17 2 24 3 .346 .409 .548
2016Away .481 111 10 1 6 1 .168 .243 .238
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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.
BB/K
0.63
 
BB Rate
10.1%
 
K Rate
16.1%
 
BABIP
.203
 
ISO
.123
 
AVG
.181
 
OBP
.286
 
SLG
.304
 
OPS
.591
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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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On bench for series finale
CColorado Rockies
September 2, 2018
Wolters is out of the lineup Sunday against the Padres, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Hits bench
CColorado Rockies
August 28, 2018
Wolters is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Angels.
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Out of Sunday's lineup
CColorado Rockies
August 26, 2018
Wolters is not in the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Cardinals, Jenny Cavnar of AT&T SportsNet Rocky Mountain reports.
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Receives breather vs. Padres
CColorado Rockies
August 23, 2018
Wolters is out of the lineup against San Diego on Thursday, Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Not starting Tuesday
CColorado Rockies
August 21, 2018
Wolters is not in the lineup Tuesday against the Padres.
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