Colton Welker

Colton Welker

25-Year-Old First Baseman1B
San Francisco Giants
Out
Injury Shoulder
Est. Return 2/2/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Colton Welker in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Giants in November of 2022.
Rejoins San Francisco
1BSan Francisco Giants  NRI
Shoulder
November 28, 2022
Welker (shoulder) re-signed with the Giants on a minor-league deal Nov. 19.
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Welker opted to stick around in the Giants organization after he was designated for assignment Nov. 16 and then cleared waivers. The 25-year-old corner infielder previously saw 19 games of big-league action with the Rockies in 2021, but he was sidelined for nearly the entire 2022 campaign while recovering from left shoulder surgery. It's unclear if he'll be back to full health for spring training.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+84%
OPS vs RHP
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+84%
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OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .298 14 2 0 1 0 .083 .214 .083
Since 2020vs Right .549 26 5 0 1 0 .240 .269 .280
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2021vs Left .298 14 2 0 1 0 .083 .214 .083
2021vs Right .549 26 5 0 1 0 .240 .269 .280
2020vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Since 2020
 
 
+59%
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+59%
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Since 2020Home .633 12 1 0 1 0 .200 .333 .300
Since 2020Away .399 28 6 0 1 0 .185 .214 .185
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2021Home .633 12 1 0 1 0 .200 .333 .300
2021Away .399 28 6 0 1 0 .185 .214 .185
2020Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2020Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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Welker was added to the Rockies' 40-man roster in November of 2020. He spent the summer under the team's watchful eye at the alternate site as part of Colorado's 60-man pool. Welker absolutely crushed at the lower levels of the minors and was above league average by wRC+ at Double-A in 2019. His strikeout rate against Double-A arms was just 17.3% at age 21 and Welker reached double-digit homers while maintaining a walk rate right around 8% even with the jump in competition. Welker has also shown a splash of speed, stealing seven bases in nine attempts from 2018-19. Most of his time has been spent at third base, but Welker can also play first, and now that he's on the 40-man, Welker looks primed to debut in 2021. The appeal here in dynasty is the future ballpark, which will in theory prop up a respectable-but-modest skill set (by MLB standards).
After spending 2018 with High-A Lancaster, one of the best hitting environments in the minors, Welker was promoted to Double-A Hartford where he toiled last season. His numbers with the Yard Goats are more representative of his true skill level. As expected, his rate stats dipped though his contact rate improved while maintaining the gains made in patience the previous season. Further, Welker's .252/.313/.408 came as a 21-year old, younger than most of his competition at the level. A high school shortstop drafted to be a third baseman, Welker's lateral agility has declined to the point that he is a below-average defender at the hot corner, and the Rockies already have roughly a half dozen similarly skilled offensive-minded first basemen in the organization. It's unclear where Welker will begin the 2020 season, but keep in mind his numbers will inflate when he is advanced to Triple-A Colorado Springs.
When a hitting prospect plays half his games at Lancaster, arguably the most hitter-friendly park in the minors, it is best to just examine his road performance. Welker hit .289/.345/.404 with four home runs and a 55:21 K:BB in 225 road at-bats (he hit .379/.419/.572 at home). He uses the whole field, has always struck out at a manageable clip and could very well end up with a 60-grade hit tool. As he matures, he could also develop above-average power without selling out for it. Welker makes the plays he gets to at third base, but his lateral quickness and range leave a lot to be desired. If he eventually gets to call Coors Field home and his defense is good enough to earn him everyday at-bats, Welker could contend for batting titles. Nolan Arenado will be a free agent after the 2019 season, and his return or departure will affect Welker's dynasty-league value as much as anything he does on the field this season. A trade would obviously be a big blow.
While he flies under the national radar as a bat-first third baseman who has yet to fully tap into his plus raw power, Welker's uncommon bat-to-ball skills make him a legitimate foundational piece in dynasty leagues. He missed 10 weeks in the middle of the season with a groin injury, but was the Sally League's best hitter (158 wRC+) when healthy. Welker spits on good pitches, striking out just 15.1 percent of the time. He took advantage of the favorable hitting conditions at Asheville -- a time-honored tradition among Rockies hitting prospects -- but still hit .302 on the road as a 19-year-old at Low-A, confirming that his hit tool is among the best in the minors. While he is primarily a line-drive hitter, his youth, contact skills and plus bat speed suggest he will eventually grow into 20-plus homer power, although his ability to hit for a very high average will always be his calling card. The only concern is that his middling defense could force him off third base, but he is working diligently on that aspect of his game.
Welker is the type of bat-first prep prospect who can be snatched up for a great value in dynasty league drafts this spring, fitting a similar mold as Bobby Bradley and Austin Riley in recent years. He did not come off the board until pick 110, but it was an over-slot deal, and if there was a consensus that he would bring value with his glove, he would have gone much higher. A corner infielder who will hope to be average at third and could end up moving to first, Welker is unlikely to appear on real-life prospect lists anytime soon, but he has the makings of a middle-of-the-order hitter with a plus hit tool and plus power. His hit tool probably needs to get to at least above average to carry the rest of his profile to an everyday role, given the defensive limitations. Every hitter who has not yet played in a full-season league carries a lot of risk, but Welker makes for a worthwhile gamble given his future home ballpark, contact skills and prodigious power.
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Removed from 40-man roster
1BSan Francisco Giants  NRI
Shoulder
November 16, 2022
Welker (shoulder) was designated for assignment by the Giants on Tuesday.
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Claimed by Giants
1BSan Francisco Giants  NRI
Shoulder
July 8, 2022
Welker (shoulder) was claimed off waivers by the Giants on Friday, Maria I. Guardado of MLB.com reports.
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Loses roster spot
1BColorado Rockies  NRI
Shoulder
July 7, 2022
Welker (shoulder) was designated for assignment Wednesday,Patrick Saunders of The Denver Post reports.
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Requires surgery
1BColorado Rockies  NRI
Shoulder
June 3, 2022
Welker (shoulder) will undergo surgery in the coming weeks, Nick Groke of The Athletic reports.
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Sidelined by shoulder injury
1BColorado Rockies  NRI
Shoulder
May 3, 2022
Welker is on the 7-day injured list with Triple-A Albuquerque due to a shoulder injury, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
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