Tyler Flowers
C ATL
3 days ago

Flowers went 2-for-4 with a solo home run, his first long ball of the spring, in Tuesday's Grapefruit League game against the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

He's been pretty thoroughly outhit by Kurt Suzuki this spring, but Flowers doesn't seem to have lost his hold on the starting job behind the plate for the Braves despite a .185/.267/.296 slash line in 27 at-bats. Should those struggles continue into the regular season, though, the 31-year-old could start to lose playing time to Suzuki.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
2 weeks ago

Flowers went 0-for-3 with a strikeout in Wednesday's Grapefruit League game against the Phillies, and is now hitting .091 (1-for-11) this spring.

EDGE Analysis

With such a small sample, it'll only take one or two solid performances from Flowers to make that batting average more palatable, but it's still a disappointing start to spring training for the Braves' No. 1 catcher. If he takes those offensive struggles forward into the regular season, he could begin to lose playing time to Kurt Suzuki.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
2 months ago

Flowers is expected to be the Braves' starting catcher headed into 2017.

EDGE Analysis

The team did bring in veteran backstop Kurt Suzuki in the offseason, but after Flowers posted a career-high .777 OPS last year, the starting gig should be his come Opening Day. There's a good chance the 31-year-old will take a step backwards offensively given his .374 BABIP in 2016, but Flowers has maintained a BABIP north of .320 for three straight seasons now while improving his strikeout and walk rates each year, so the regression may not be as severe as you might expect. The bigger impact on his numbers could come from how SunTrust Park, the Braves' new stadium, plays relative to Turner Field, which had tended to be slightly pitcher-friendly over the last few seasons.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
6 months ago

Flowers went 2-for-4 with an RBI single and a run-scoring double in Friday's 3-2 victory over the Marlins.

EDGE Analysis

The backstop came through on two separate occasions in the tightly-contested ballgame, plating Matt Kemp with a second-inning single and then driving home Freddie Freeman with a game-tying RBI double in the sixth. Flowers has hit safely in seven of his last nine contests, posted 11 RBI in September, and is slashing a solid .267/.359/.410 over 266 at-bats this season.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
6 months ago

Flowers is out of the lineup Saturday against the Mets.

EDGE Analysis

He has been in the lineup roughly 60-70 percent of the time of late, and will sit Saturday in favor of A.J. Pierzynski. Flowers is hitting .310/.417/.414 over his last 16 games, but his track record suggests that some steep regression is in order.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
7 months ago

Flowers is out of the lineup Monday against the Nationals.

EDGE Analysis

Flowers was behind the plate for the previous three games, so he'll get a chance to pick up some rest Monday afternoon. Anthony Recker will get the starting nod at catcher, serving as the battery mate for starting pitcher Ryan Weber.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
7 months ago

Flowers is out of the lineup Thursday against the Padres.

EDGE Analysis

Flowers has started back-to-back contests and four of the last five overall, but will take a seat for the afternoon matchup against San Diego. Anthony Recker will get the call to bat sixth in the order and man the backstop in his stead.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
7 months ago

Flowers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Giants.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony Recker will start behind the plate while Flowers receives a maintenance day. Flowers has increased his production at the plate recently and has posted a .368/.500/.526 line over the last seven games. He'll likely return to his normal spot in the lineup Tuesday when the Braves face the Padres.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
7 months ago

Flowers is not in the lineup for Thursday's game against the Diamondbacks.

EDGE Analysis

Anthony Recker will get the nod behind the plate as Flowers sits following three straight starts. Flowers reached base five times in Wednesday's loss to Arizona and has raised his on-base percentage 20 points in six games since his return from a hand injury.

Tyler Flowers
C ATL
7 months ago

Flowers went 3-for-4 with a double, two walks and two RBI against the Diamondbacks on Wednesday.

EDGE Analysis

The Braves have enjoyed their visit to the desert, as they've been on a bit of an offensive surge, and Flowers has been no exception. He's got six hits in the first three games of this four-game set against Arizona, lifting his season average to .269 -- its highest point since late May. Flowers has seen consistent playing time since returning from the disabled list a week ago; with his bat working right now and minimal competition for at-bats from backup catcher Anthony Recker, look for that to continue being the case down the stretch. That said, the potential September return of A.J. Pierzynski (hamstring) could cut into his starts somewhat.