One day, there will be a very difficult trivia question being asked at some nasty bar in probably somewhere in either Colorado or Illinois, and it will be, who got the game winning hit in the 2018 NL Wild Card Game for the Colorado Rockies? The answer is career .238/.323/.319 hitter Tony Wolters. Outside of that single hit for the Rockies, he has been a well below average hitter for a franchise known for offense. Wolters, the owner of a career 61 OPS+ will enter free agency this offseason as a soft hitting left handed catcher, with limited capabilities with the bat.
His defense will help him gain the attention of Major League GM’s moving forward though, totaling 24 DRS through 5 seasons, and being a little above average framer over the last five seasons, posting a 5 Runs Extra Strikes mark. Wolters also shows a great arm behind the plate, with an exceptional pop time of 1.97, ranking him tied for 14th among all qualified catchers ,leading to a career 31% caught stealing rate.
It will be interesting the rate at which Wolters will be paid this offseason, and if he is a candidate for a minor league deal versus a major league commitment, it will all depend on the level of attention that GM’s pay to his defense.
These are the teams I believe are in contention to sign Wolters: New York Yankees, Philadelphia Phillies, Atlanta Braves, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Dodgers, Colorado Rockies, San Diego Padres
Final Landing Spot Prediction: Atlanta Braves sign Tony Wolters to a 1yr/1.75 million dollar contact
2021 Stat Line Prediction: .249/.331/.326 .657 OPS 2 HR 17 RBI