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“In my experience, there is no such thing as luck.”
Obi-Wan Kenobi said it but Tony Wolters has lived it.
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Wolters has been one of Colorado’s best finds off the waiver wire, picking him up in February of 2016 after the Cleveland Indians designated him for assignment. In that short time, he’s earned the acclaim of coaches and players alike for his hard work and ability to learn quickly.
Not only has Wolters learned how to play catcher, he’s also done it at light speed. In his two seasons behind the plate for the Rockies, he’s established himself as one of the best pitch-framers in Major League Baseball. That’s no small feat and has been noticed and appreciated by Colorado pitchers.
This season, Wolters has also ramped up his offensive game. Before going on the disabled list with a concussion on Wednesday, the 24-year-old was hitting .346 in 52 at-bats.
He was expected to share time behind the plate with Tom Murphy this season. However, with Murphy on the shelf, Wolters has split time with Dustin Garneau behind the dish. How the split continues with Wolters coming off the disabled list and Murphy working his way back from injury remains to be seen. However, the hard work Wolters has put in to become a solid catcher has paid dividends for himself and the Rockies.