Tyler Flowers, Catcher, Atlanta Braves
Date of Birth: 1/24/1986
Birthplace: Roswell, Georgia
College: Chipola College
Current Salary: $3,000,000
Tyler Flowers, catcher for the Atlanta Braves, was first drafted by the Braves in 2005. He played in their minor league system from 2006 through 2008. In December, 2008, he was traded to the Chicago White Sox.
From 2009 through 2011, Flowers spent most of his time in the minor leagues, playing in just 10 games with the White Sox in 2009, 8 games in 2010, and 38 games in 2011. He ended his minor league career with a .275 batting average.
In 2013, Flowers was the starting catcher for the White Sox but after injuries and a poor start, he was demoted to backup catcher. He had shoulder surgery in September, 2013. He finished the 2013 season with a .195 batting average with 50 hits in 84 games. As a catcher, he made 640 putouts and 4 errors with a .994 fielding percentage in 84 games. In 2014, he had 98 hits, 16 doubles, 15 home runs, 50 RBIs, and a .241 batting average in 127 games.
Flowers signed a one-year, $2.675 million contract with the White Sox on January 16, 2015. He played in 112 games in 2015 and he finished the season with 79 hits, 39 RBIs, and a .239 batting average. As a catcher in 110 games, he made 63 assists, 877 putouts, and 5 errors. He caught players trying to steal 25.4% of the time and he had a .995 fielding percentage.
Flowers signed a two-year, $5.3 million contract with the Braves on December 16, 2015. He finished the 2016 season with 76 hits, 41 RBIs, and a .270 batting average in 83 games. Defensively, as the Braves' catcher in 81 games, he made 29 assists, 607 putouts, and 3 errors. He had a .995 fielding percentage and he caught players trying to steal only 4.8% of the time.
Career batting statistics for Flowers through 2016 include:
- 514 games played
- 359 hits
- 183 RBIs
- 555 strikeouts to 122 walks
- .232 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Flowers as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 492 games played
- 249 assists
- 3,604 putouts
- 24 errors
- .232 caught stealing percentage
- .994 fielding percentage