J. R. Towles C LAD 6 Months
Dodgers signed C J.R. Towles to a minor league contract.
Towles began the season with the Cardinals' Triple-A affiliate and batted .237 in 19 games before being given his release. The 29-year-old backstop hasn't played in the majors since 2011 and will serve as organizational depth with Los Angeles.
J. R. Towles C LAD 12 Months
Cardinals signed J.R. Towles to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Towles hit an underwhelming .214/.280/.315 with one home run and 10 RBI in 52 games for the Twins' Triple-A affiliate last season. He isn't a threat to Tony Cruz's backup job and projects to open 2013 in an organizational depth role.
J. R. Towles C LAD Nov 06 '12
J.R. Towles has elected free agency.
The 28-year-old backstop hit an underwhelming .214/.280/.315 with one homer and 10 RBI in 52 games for Triple-A Rochester in 2012. Even though there may be hidden upside offensively, with his sub-par defensive ability it may be difficult for Towles to score a spring training invitation.
J. R. Towles C LAD Dec 18 '11
The Twins "fully expect (Sean) Burroughs and (J.R.) Towles to make a push for the 25-man roster," according to ESPN 1500.
Minnesota signed former top prospects Burroughs, Towles and Steve Pearce to minor league contracts last week. The trio likely was attracted to a Twins roster that was decimated with injuries last season and leaned heavily on their Triple-A affiliate for reinforcements. Twins assistant GM Rob Antony said he believes Towles could push Drew Butera for the third catcher job (behind Joe Mauer and Ryan Doumit) and Burroughs might challenge Danny Valencia for the third base job. Towles (.286/.389/.443 career slash line at Triple-A) isn't much of a defensive catcher, but would be a gigantic offensive upgrade over Butera, who is the major league's worst hitter. Deep AL-only players will want to keep an eye on both Towles and Burroughs in camp.
J. R. Towles C LAD Dec 15 '11
Twins signed C J.R. Towles to a minor league contract.
He gets an invite to camp. The former top prospect has been a major bust in the big leagues, batting just .187/.267/.315 with 11 homers and 50 RBI over 484 plate appearances. Towles, now 27, picked a decent spot to try to resurrect his career. Joe Mauer is brittle and Drew Butera wouldn't be handed the starting job if (when) Mauer lands on the disabled list in 2012 because of his terrible bat. Minnesota would also probably like to stay away from putting Ryan Doumit at catcher for an extended period of time because of his own health issues. It's not a reach to believe Towles could accrue some at-bats at Target Field in 2012.
J. R. Towles C LAD Oct 13 '11
Astros sent C J.R. Towles outright to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
Towles, now 27, will become a free agent following the World Series. The former top prospect has been a major bust in the big leagues, batting just .187/.267/.315 with 11 homers and 50 RBI over 484 plate appearances.
J. R. Towles C LAD Jul 06 '11
Astros optioned C J.R. Towles to Triple-A Oklahoma City.
With Jason Castro (knee) likely out for the season and Humberto Quintero (ankle) missing well over a month, Towles had plenty of chances to impress, but he batted just .180/.264/.297 over 128 at-bats, numbers that are right along with his career digits. The Astros have opted to keep Carlos Corporan as Quintero's backup.
J. R. Towles C LAD Jun 30 '11
J.R. Towles (chin) is now available to play defense.
Good news. Towles hasn't played since suffering a gash on his chin from being hit in the catcher's mask with a foul tip during Friday's game. While he originally tried to wear a hockey-style catching mask to compensate for the injury, he has simply added some padding to his standard mask.
J. R. Towles C LAD Jun 26 '11
J.R. Towles is unavailable to catch while the cut on his chin heals.
The cut rubs up against his catcher's mask and the Astros don't want to risk it getting worse. Towles will be available only to pinch-hit, which he did Saturday, likely for the next few days. The Astros have called up Brian Esposito to serve as the backup to Carlos Corporan.