Free Agent Profile & Prediction #6: Tyler Flowers

ATLANTA, GA – JUNE 30: Tyler Flowers #25 of the Atlanta Braves argues with homeplate umpire Larry Vanover #27 during the third inning immediately after he was tossed out of the game against the Miami Marlins at Turner Field on June 30, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)

The soon to be 35 year old, Flowers has seen his playing time as a part time catcher, since coming over in a trade from the Chicago White Sox in 2015. With the rise of production from Atlanta now top tier catcher Travis d’Arnaud, Flowers has seen his production go the opposite direction, managing just a .702 OPS in the last three seasons with the Braves. With his drop in production, Flowers still makes solid contact, having an average exit velocity of 93.0 MPH in 2020 (league average is 88.3), but his horrific 42.5 strikeout rate was nearly double the league average of 21.8 percent.

On top of that, Flowers has the second worst average pop time at 2.12, which culminated with his 12 percent caught stealing percentage, which is half of the league percentage of 24. Flowers on the other hand, does a good job of fielding his position, having never posted a negative DRS season in his career, averaging a 6.1 DRS rate through his 11 seasons in the big leagues.

Moving forward for Flowers, it is likely that he will be a part time catcher in his future home, but will the capability of being a starting catcher for a team that is desperate for one.

The following teams I believe are in contention for signing Flowers: Atlanta Braves, Washington Nationals, Cincinnati Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, San Francisco Giants

Final Landing Spot Prediction: Tyler Flowers signs a 1yr/4.5 million dollar deal with the Cincinnati Reds

2021 Stat Line Prediction: .256/.334/.404 .738 OPS 13 HR 41 RBI

Published by riskomatt

I am a 23 year old college baseball player at Cumberland University. In the past I have worked for Baseball Info Solutions, I have coached at varying levels, ranging from youth, to collegiate. I am a sports management major in college, entering my senior year, with a minor in journalism. I love to write and I love baseball, so a blog seemed once again a great place to start. Former owner of Its Always Baseball Season sports blog.

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