Tony Wolters

Tony Wolters

30-Year-Old CatcherC
2023 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tony Wolters in 2023. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
RANKS
$Signed a one-year, minor-league contract with the Twins in January of 2023.
Lands deal with Twins
CMinnesota Twins  NRI
January 5, 2023
Wolters signed a minor-league contract with the Twins on Thursday, Jon Heyman of the New York Post reports.
ANALYSIS
He's presumably been given a non-roster invitation to the major-league side of spring training. Wolters has seen bit of action in the big leagues across seven seasons, although not extensively since his days with the Rockies from 2016-20.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+83%
OPS vs RHP
2022
No Stats
2021
 
 
+308%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+58%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .287 30 1 0 1 0 .080 .207 .080
Since 2020vs Right .526 110 11 0 6 0 .218 .269 .257
2022vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022vs Right .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2021vs Left .125 8 0 0 0 0 .000 .125 .000
2021vs Right .510 22 3 0 0 0 .176 .333 .176
2020vs Left .349 22 1 0 1 0 .111 .238 .111
2020vs Right .553 84 8 0 6 0 .238 .265 .288
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+22%
OPS at Home
2022
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2021
 
 
+29%
OPS at Home
2020
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .524 71 4 0 4 0 .206 .286 .238
Since 2020Away .430 69 8 0 3 0 .175 .224 .206
2022Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2022Away .000 4 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
2021Home .476 10 0 0 0 0 .143 .333 .143
2021Away .368 20 3 0 0 0 .118 .250 .118
2020Home .529 61 4 0 4 0 .214 .279 .250
2020Away .494 45 5 0 3 0 .214 .233 .262
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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.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
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BB Rate
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K Rate
75.0%
 
BABIP
.000
 
ISO
.000
 
AVG
.000
 
OBP
.000
 
SLG
.000
 
OPS
.000
 
wOBA
.000
 
Exit Velocity
87.1 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
0.0%
 
Barrels/PA
0.0%
 
Expected BA
.004
 
Expected SLG
.009
 
Sprint Speed
21.1 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
0.0%
 
Line Drive %
0.0%
 
Fly Ball %
100.0%
 
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The Rockies' primary catching role has been up for grabs for several years now, and Wolters once again failed to secure the job in 2020. The 28-year-old has had the advantage of playing his home games in altitude throughout his career, but he's never been able to generate much production at the plate. He received the majority of the playing time behind the dish to begin the year, but he only had sporadic at-bats over the second half. Wolters' defense slightly improved in 2020, but he's hit just four home runs over the past three seasons. He hasn't barreled up on any batted balls in either of the past two years, and he had a career-worst .040 ISO in 2020. Wolters also struggled with strikeouts, posting a 27.5 K% with an 11.4% swinging-strike rate. Wolters was non-tendered by the Rockies despite the expected competition at catcher, and it's unclear whether he'll secure a major-league contract next season.
Last season was the year of the catcher, where many guys showed surprising power numbers making all of us look foolish for trashing the position last winter. Wolters was not one of those guys as he managed all of one home run in 411 plate appearances while playing for the Rockies. His lone home run came in Pittsburgh off Nick Kingham, who was likely levied a hefty fine by the Kangaroo Court in the Pittsburgh clubhouse. That, or someone punched him. Meanwhile, Wolters is on the major-league roster because of his defensive skills. The bat is a necessary evil that comes along with him getting playing time, but his 2019 line may be his peak production. If you must draft a second catcher, find someone with a modicum of upside that does not exist here.
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.
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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Back with Dodgers organization
CLos Angeles Dodgers  NRI
August 24, 2022
Wolters re-signed Tuesday with the Dodgers on a minor-league contract.
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Let go by Dodgers
CFree Agent  NRI
August 19, 2022
Wolters was released by the Dodgers on Friday.
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Loses 40-man roster spot
CLos Angeles Dodgers  NRI
August 15, 2022
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Joins active roster
CLos Angeles Dodgers  NRI
August 12, 2022
Wolters' contract was selected by the Dodgers on Friday, Fabian Ardaya of The Athletic reports.
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Moves to MiLB camp
CLos Angeles Dodgers  NRI
April 4, 2022
The Dodgers reassigned Wolters to minor-league camp Monday, Bill Plunkett of The Orange County Register reports.
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