Tyler Flowers

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Tyler Flowers
Tyler Flowers Braves.jpg
Flowers with the Braves in 2016
Atlanta Braves – No. 25
Catcher
Born: (1986-01-24) January 24, 1986 (age 31)
Roswell, Georgia
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2009, for the Chicago White Sox
MLB statistics
(through 2016 season)
Batting average .232
Home runs 54
Runs batted in 183
Teams

Cole Tyler Flowers (born January 24, 1986) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Atlanta Braves of Major League Baseball (MLB). He previously played for the Chicago White Sox from 2009 to 2015.

Amateur career[edit]

Flowers attended Blessed Trinity Catholic High School in Roswell, Georgia, where he played American football as a linebacker and fullback. In baseball, Flowers was a catcher, infielder and pitcher.[1] He then attended Chipola College, a state college in Marianna, Florida and played first base for the college baseball team.[2]

Flowers was inducted into the Blessed Trinity Hall of Fame in January 2015.[3]

Professional career[edit]

Minor leagues[edit]

Flowers was drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 33rd round of the 2005 MLB Draft.[4][5]

In 2006 Flowers played 34 games in his first professional season for the Rookie League Danville Braves. He hit .279 with 36 hits, 5 home runs and 16 RBIs, playing 22 games at first and eight as a catcher.

In 2007 he was promoted to A-ball with the Rome Braves. Flowers played in 106 games with a batting average of .298 with 116 hits, 12 homers, 70 RBIs and a .488 slugging percentage. He began transitioning to catcher that season, after the starting and substitute catchers suffered injuries in the same game.[6]

In 2008 Flowers played for the Myrtle Beach Pelicans of Advanced-A. He played 122 games, all at catcher. He had a .288 batting average, .427 on-base percentage, and .494 slugging percentage.

Chicago White Sox[edit]

Flowers with the White Sox in 2011

On December 4, 2008, Flowers and fellow Braves prospects Brent Lillibridge, Jonathan Gilmore and Santos Rodriguez were traded to the Chicago White Sox for Javier Vázquez and Boone Logan.[7][8]

On September 1, 2009, Flowers was called up from AAA Charlotte Knights after hitting .297 with 15 home runs and 56 RBI between AA Birmingham Barons and AAA Charlotte Knights.[9] He made his major league debut on September 3[10] and recorded his first major league hit on September 19, against the Kansas City Royals. In 10 games, Flowers finished the 2009 season batting .188 with no home runs and no RBIs.

Flowers started the 2010 season at AAA Charlotte. He hit .220 with 16 home runs and 53 RBI in 346 at-bats before getting another September call up.[11] Flowers played in 8 games with the White Sox and only had 1 hit in 11 at-bats.

Flowers again started the 2011 season at AAA Charlotte. There he hit .261 with 15 home runs and 32 RBI in 222 at-bats. He was then called up in July to serve as the backup to A.J. Pierzynski after Ramón Castro was placed on the disabled list.[12] Flowers became the stating catcher in mid-August after an injury to Pierzynski.[13] Flowers hit his first Major League home run on August 13, 2011 against Luke Hochevar and the Kansas City Royals.[14] On August 28, 2011, while facing Jason Vargas and the Seattle Mariners, Flowers hit his first Major League grand slam.[15]

With the departure of veteran catcher A.J. Pierzynski in the offseason, Flowers became the starting catcher for the White Sox in 2013.[2] An offseason injury adversely affected his offensive production,[16] and Flowers was demoted to backup as the White Sox brought up one of their top prospects, Josh Phegley.[17][18] Flowers left in early September to have season-ending shoulder surgery.[19] After the season, Flowers signed a one-year deal for $950,000 with Chicago, avoiding arbitration.[20] Flowers was named the starting catcher to begin the 2014 season.[21] On May 26, 2014 Flowers received his first career ejection by Ron Kulpa for arguing a pitch that appeared low.[22] He finished the year with a .241 batting average, 15 home runs and 50 runs batted in.

Flowers and the White Sox on January 16, 2015 agreed to a one-year deal for $2.675 million avoiding arbitration.[23] On April 25, 2015, Flowers was fined an undisclosed amount for his role in a brawl against the Kansas City Royals but was not suspended any games.[24] The White Sox did not tender Flowers a contract for the 2016 season, making him a free agent.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

The Atlanta Braves officially signed Flowers to a two-year contract worth $5.3 million on December 16, 2015.[25] In July, Miami Marlins pitcher A. J. Ramos hit Flowers' left hand with a pitch.[26] The injury was exacerbated in a series against the Chicago White Sox,[27] and it was announced during the All-Star break that Flowers would miss six weeks of the season.[28] He was reactivated on August 17.[29]

Personal[edit]

Flowers is married to Nancy, a former high school classmate, with whom he has three children.[30][31]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Alexander, Michael (March 5, 2015). "The Hall of Fame is open: Meet the first two inductees". Georgia Bulletin. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  2. ^ a b Joseph, Kevin (April 7, 2013). "White Sox catcher has tough act to follow". USA Today. Retrieved October 13, 2016. 
  3. ^ Alexander, Michael (March 5, 2015). "BT inaugurates Athletic Hall of Fame with baseball, golf standouts". Georgia Bulletin. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  4. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 8, 2015). "Braves land catcher Flowers with 2-year deal". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  5. ^ Stephenson, Creg (December 8, 2015). "Atlanta Braves sign veteran catcher Tyler Flowers, reports say". The Huntsville Times. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  6. ^ Hummer, Steve (February 27, 2016). "Tyler Flowers a catcher to his core". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  7. ^ "White Sox acquire Tyler Flowers, Jonathan Gilmore, Brent Lillibridge and Santos Rodriguez from Atlanta Braves in exchange for Javier Vazquez and Boone Logan". MLB.com. December 4, 2008. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  8. ^ Thesier, Kelly (December 4, 2008). "Sox seal Vazquez deal with Braves". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  9. ^ Merkin, Scott (September 2, 2009). "Lasting impression prospects' top priority". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  10. ^ Temple, Jesse (September 6, 2009). "Flowers gaining valuable experience". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  11. ^ "White Sox make four roster moves". MLB.com. September 1, 2010. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  12. ^ "Castro placed on DL; Flowers recalled". MLB.com. July 10, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  13. ^ Merkin, Scott (August 13, 2011). "Pierzynski exits after being hit on wrist". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  14. ^ "Luke's luck runs out as Royals fall to Sox". Topeka Capital Journal. Associated Press. August 13, 2011. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  15. ^ Stone, Larry (August 28, 2011). "Mariners' rookies get schooled in sweep by White Sox". Seattle Times. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  16. ^ Merkin, Scott (September 26, 2013). "Flowers not making excuses for rocky season". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  17. ^ Merkin, Scott (July 5, 2013). "Phegley forces way into big leagues with performance". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  18. ^ Merkin, Scott (July 9, 2013). "Flowers eyes downtime as learning experience". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  19. ^ Karpovich, Todd (September 5, 2013). "Flowers has exploratory surgery on right shoulder". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  20. ^ "White Sox re-sign Tyler Flowers". ESPN.com. Associated Press. December 2, 2013. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  21. ^ Kane, Colleen (March 19, 2014). "Josh Phegley to work on all-around game in minors". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  22. ^ Kane, Colleen (May 26, 2014). "Jose Abreu takes steps toward return from DL". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  23. ^ Padilla, Doug (January 16, 2015). "Samardzija, Flowers reach one-year deals". ESPN.com. Retrieved January 20, 2015. 
  24. ^ Merkin, Scott (April 25, 2015). "Sale, Samardzija suspended following fracas". MLB.com. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  25. ^ Bowman, Mark (December 16, 2015). "Braves make deal with catcher Flowers official". MLB.com. Retrieved December 17, 2015. 
  26. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 9, 2016). "Flowers forced to exit with strained left hand". MLB.com. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  27. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 10, 2016). "Flowers to have left hand examined". MLB.com. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  28. ^ Bowman, Mark (July 12, 2016). "Flowers out 6-plus weeks with broken hand". MLB.com. Retrieved July 13, 2016. 
  29. ^ James, Pat (August 17, 2016). "Braves activate Flowers, place Pierzynski on DL". MLB.com. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  30. ^ Beattie, Trent (July 15, 2013). "White Sox Catcher Celebrates Family on All-Star Break". National Catholic Register. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 
  31. ^ O'Brien, David (December 8, 2015). "Braves add catcher Tyler Flowers to split duties with Pierzynski". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved October 14, 2016. 

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