Following the signing of Chris Iannetta, Wolters will likely have to duke it out with catching prospect Tom Murphy to back up the veteran. Wolters spent much of last season as the Rockies' primary catcher, but faded toward the end of the season and finished with a measly .240 batting average. His defense improved over the course of the season, and his left-handed bat certainly would be nice to have on the bench. However, he'll need to have a good spring to prove he deserves a spot over Murphy, who possesses more offensive upside as a whole.
Wolters finished the regular season with a .240/.341/.284 slash line in 229 at-bats.
He was limited to just a handful of starts down the stretch due to the presence of Jonathan Lucroy, but Wolters certainly didn't press the issue, either. He collected just five hits over the last 36 games of the season, two of which came in the final two games of the year. His defense improved greatly from 2016, but given his lack of power and speed, Wolters is unlikely to ever be a big fantasy contributor.
Wolters was recalled from Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
He'll take over as the backup catcher behind Jonathan Lucroy after Ryan Hanigan (groin) was forced to the 10-day disabled list. Wolters supplied a strong .345 on-base percentage over 67 games with the Rockies earlier this season, but a poor average, lack of power or speed and his presence at the bottom of the order limited his fantasy appeal. With Lucroy set to handle the bulk of the starts behind the plate, Wolters will offer even less utility with the Rockies than he previously did.
Wolters was optioned to Triple-A Albuquerque on Tuesday.
Frankly, the writing had been on the wall for some time now. Ryan Hanigan had started taking more starts from Wolters, and the young backstop continued to battle head injuries and cold spells at the plate when he was asked to catch. He'll head back to the minors for more seasoning while Jonathan Lucroy takes his spot on the active roster. Look for Wolters to make a return trip to the majors when rosters expand in September, though.
Wolters is not in the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Thomas Harding of MLB.com reports.
With his absence from the first game of the doubleheader, Wolters has now found himself out of the starting lineup for four of the Rockies' past six games. Ryan Hanigan will again draw the start behind the plate, batting eighth.
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