We had a great start to our podcast with a whole lot of you listening and giving us great reviews! We really appreciate it! In our 2nd episode, we discuss players to be protected from the Rule 5 Draft, the Will Smith signing, Free Agent Targets, and Rob Copenhaver’s piece on Otis Nixon. Find “The Will to Spend” here! Now…on to Tyler!
Player Review, Tyler Flowers
Tyler Flowers had a couple of pretty decent offensive seasons in 2016 and 2017. They are the only 2 such of his 11 season career.
The 33 year old Flowers had a slight bounce back from the .227/.341/.359 line he posted in 2018, following it up with a .229/.319/.413, in 310 plate appearances. Tyler is re-signed for 2020, presumably in the role of The Backup Catcher We Know. He did add a respectable 11 home runs in 271 at-bats.
Depending on who you ask, Tyler’s pitch framing may add value. Fangraphs calculates his 2019 WAR at 2.1, almost entirely based on defense, and this in spite of a league leading 16 passed balls and a 19% caught stealing rate. Baseball Reference calculates his WAR as -0.1.
With the odds of any late career bounce back getting longer and longer, the Braves will need a true number 1 catcher in 2020. Flowers should make an acceptable backup, and I have noticed some older backup catchers have unpredictably good offensive seasons. Maybe catchers benefit more from extra rest than other positions, maybe it’s a random product of a backup’s sample size of at-bats, or maybe it’s just the fevered imagination of an internet rando and not really a thing, but here’s to hoping 2020 Flowers makes the best of a couple of hundred or fewer plate appearances.