Position Preview: Catcher

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The Rockies may finally have a couple options at catcher, filling the hole that has seemingly been there for years. They have a tandem of catchers, one a defensive strongman, the other an offensive juggernaut, or so the Rockies hope. Tom Murphy and Tony Wolters will man the majority of time behind the plate and while neither is the for sure starter yet, there will likely be a more clear answer by years end.

Probable Starter: Tony Wolters

Tony Wolters is basically guaranteed the start on opening day. With Tom Murphy starting the year on the DL, Wolters will get the start and have a chance to prove himself as a top level starter. Wolters came to the Rockies last year and exceeded expectations, but only barely. Wolters had a streaky year at the plate, finally proving himself to be of some value later in the year. He was great all year defensively, however and will be a commendable starter for his game calling regardless of his offensive output.

Backup: Dustin Garneau

Garneau will get what is likely his last chance with the big league club filling in as the backup while Murphy is out. He has only played a little over 40 games at the majors, but has been underwhelming both offensively and defensively and with two younger, higher roof catchers on the roster, Garneau will likely have a short year with the major league club. He is not a catcher of the future and he is just another weak spot in the roster when in the lineup.

Player to Watch: Tom Murphy

Starting his year on the DL, Murphy will have to wait a few weeks into the season before seeing playing time. He will rehab in AAA before seeing major league time, but after a few games, he should find his way into the lineup immediately. With him as a right and Wolters as a lefty, Bud Black will get a chance to platoon the two until one proves themselves as the starter. Murphy is a top rated prospect for the Rockies and has potential to be an excellent starter for his offensive prowess alone. Murphy tore up AAA last year and earned himself playing time at the end of the year, but with Hundley and Wolters as the primary catchers, he did not get as much time as he should have. This year will be the first real look at what Murphy can do and there should be a lot of excitement when he comes off the DL.




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