Jack Etkin, Forbes.com: Rockies Catching Duo Paying Off Behind Plate & At Plate

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By Jack Etkin


The Rockies received two key late-inning hits Thursday in their 6-4 win in 10 innings at Arizona. Pinch hitter Tony Wolters singled home the tying run in the ninth. And in the 10th, Chris Iannetta drove a game-winning, two-run single off the wall in center field.

The Rockies' 21st come-from-behind win gave them a three-game sweep of the Diamondbacks to start a nine-game road trip and pushed Colorado’s record to a season-high six games above .500 at 40-34.

Wolters catches about two out of every three games. Iannetta handles the balance of the catching chores. Together, they have given the Rockies an offensive lift, largely due to Wolters’ progress at the plate this season.

And Wolters, a converted middle infielder who is remarkably agile behind the plate, has become a catching bulwark for the Rockies. He has caught 10 runners stealing, which was tied for second in the National League entering Thursday. His stolen base percentage of 64.3 percent (18 steals in 28 attempts) ranks second in the league.

Entering Thursday, the Rockies’ catchers ranked second in the NL with a .284 average, third with a .359 OBP and fifth in both slugging percentage (.440) and OPS (.799). On a team where Charlie Blackmon, Trevor Story, Nolan Arenado, David Dahl and Daniel Murphy supply plenty of offensive punch and lately Ryan McMahon and Ian Desmond have added to it, the Rockies don’t look to their catchers for a lot of offense.

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