Tony Wolters

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Tony Wolters
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Wolters visits the United States Air Force Academy with the Rockies in January 2017
Chicago Cubs – No. 11
Catcher
Born: (1992-06-09) June 9, 1992 (age 28)
Vista, California
Bats: LeftThrows: Right
MLB debut
April 5, 2016, for the Colorado Rockies
MLB statistics
(through May 2, 2021)
Batting average .236
Home runs 7
Runs batted in 123
Teams

Anthony John Wolters (born June 9, 1992) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Chicago Cubs of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played in MLB for the Colorado Rockies.

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Career

Cleveland Indians

Wolters was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the third round of the 2010 Major League Baseball draft out of Rancho Buena Vista High School in Vista, California. [1] He signed with Cleveland, forgoing his commitment to play college baseball at the University of San Diego. [2]

Prior to the 2013 season he was moved from an infielder to catcher. [3] [4] After the 2014 season, the Indians added Wolters to their 40-man roster. [5]

Colorado Rockies

The Indians designated him for assignment before the 2016 season, [6] and he was claimed off of waivers by the Colorado Rockies. [7]

2016

Wolters made his major league debut on April 5, 2016, as a defensive replacement for Nick Hundley. In his first major league at bat, Wolters grounded out off of Jake Barrett. During his first major league start on April 10, 2016, Wolters got his first career hit when he singled against James Shields. In the same game Wolters walked and scored a run for the first time in the big leagues. Wolters hit his first career home run on June 25, 2016, against Shelby Miller of the Arizona Diamondbacks in the bottom of the 6th inning, scoring Brandon Barnes. [8] For the season he hit .259 with 3 home runs and 30 RBI's and 4 stolen bases.

2017

On April 3, 2017, Wolters was the starting catcher on Opening Day against the Milwaukee Brewers. [9] He went 2–4, scoring the two final runs to take the lead, one in the seventh off an error, and one in the ninth of a double from Alexi Amarista. [10] He struggled offensively throughout the season, ultimately being the backup catcher to Jonathan Lucroy after July. He ended the season hitting .240 in 83 games with no home runs and 16 RBIs.

2018

Wolters played in 74 games for the Rockies. In the 2018 NL Wild Card Game, he hit a go-ahead single in the 13th inning of a game the Rockies would win, 2–1 and advance to National League Division Series to face the Milwaukee Brewers.

2019

Wolters established career highs offensively. He set career highs in batting average (.262), games played (121) and RBIs (42).

2020

Wolters slashed .230/.280/.270 in 42 games in 2020. On December 2, Wolters was nontendered by the Rockies.

Pittsburgh Pirates

On February 11, 2021, Wolters signed a minor league contract with the Pittsburgh Pirates organization that included an invitation to Spring Training. [11] On March 30, 2021, Wolters opted out of his minor league contract and became a free agent. [12]

Chicago Cubs

On March 31, 2021, Wolters signed a one-year, major league contract with the Chicago Cubs. [13] On April 14, 2021, Wolters was designated for assignment after Austin Romine was activated off of the injured list. In 3 games for Chicago, Wolters mustered only 5 plate appearances, going hitless with a walk. [14] He was outrighted to the alternate training site on April 17. [15] On April 26, Wolters was again selected to the active roster when Romine was placed on the injured list with a left wrist sprain. [16]

Personal

Wolters grew up a San Diego Padres fan, with Tony Gwynn being his favorite player. [17]

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  14. https://www.mlbtraderumors.com/2021/04/cubs-activate-austin-romine-dfa-tony-wolters.html
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  17. https://www.mlb.com/news/rockies-tony-wolters-shares-insights-c220412446