I know, I know; I’m a little late in reporting this but I figure if I write about it past the hot-period, I’ll attract more attention!
A few weeks ago Kenny Williams sent Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan down to the Atlanta Braves for a handful of prospects. But the one I’m most excited about is a catcher by the name of Tyler Flowers, and I’ll tell you why.
So far this off season we’ve done practically nothing but unload our big guns for prospects — and I’m all for that, don’t get me wrong. I’d love to see somebody from a trade emerge into someone nobody thought they would be. Carlos Quentin, for example. Who could’ve seen that happen? Anyway; Toby Hall is gone now and we don’t have a good, solid backup for Pierzynski. Flowers is a rookie, yes, so he probably won’t get called up for a good amount of time (at least until he proves himself in the minors). From what I’ve read on Braves.com, he seems to be pretty solid all the way around: good hitting, defense, strong arm, all the things you look for in a catcher.
In the Arizona Fall League last year, Flowers hit 12 homers and drove in 20 runs. This isn’t too impressive or in-your-face-I’m-good, but I think it show’s that he’s more of a defensive-based catcher.