The Major League Baseball All-Star Game in Cleveland is exactly a month away and there is already a debate brewing on whether or not Colorado Rockies’ catcher Tony Wolters is deserving of a roster spot.
The Colorado Rockies already look to have locks with Nolan Arenado and Trevor Story to make the Mid-Summer Classic. However, there is one player who has put up some surprising stats that has put him into consideration of an All-Star bid. After a couple of disappointing offensive seasons, Tony Wolters has raised his profile to at least get into the NL All-Star catcher conversation.
Wolters is hitting .307/.773 OPS with one home run, 18 RBI, and 19 runs scored in 137 at-bats with a WAR of 0.7. He has been even better defensively, throwing out 10 of 25 stolen base attempts and has committed zero errors.
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Unfortunately for Wolters, the National League catcher’s postion has some stiff competition. Here is a look at his competitors and their respective stats:
Willson Contreras, Chicago Cubs
.290/.946 OPS, 13 HR, 35 RBI, 32 runs scored in 183 AB
Thrown out nine of 25 stolen base attempts, nine errors committed
Yasmani Grandal, Milwaukee Brewers
.278/.909 OPS, 13 HR, 32 RBI, 30 runs scored in 198 AB
Thrown out 12 of 37 stolen base attempts, two errors committed
J.T. Realmuto, Philadelphia Phillies
.274/.782 OPS, 10 HR, 36 RBI, 39 runs scored in 219 AB
Thrown out 21 of 43 stolen base attempts, three errors committed
Wolters has the advantage in batting average but is seriously lagging behind in almost every other major statistical offensive category. Some of that is due to splitting playing time with Chris Iannetta while his competition has seen the majority of their respective team’s starts.
Given that Wolters does not present the offensive threat that the other three pose, he also hasn’t been the best defender. J.T. Realmuto may not have the batting average, but he has outshined Wolters behind the plate.
Sorry, but unless he has an unbelievable month of June and raises his offensive numbers, the chances of Wolters making the trip to Cleveland is highly unlikely. Does he deserve a spot in the All-Star Game? Maybe … but there are three other players who deserve it more.