Lost in the shuffle of the Atlanta Braves breakout 2019 season is the fact that Tyler Flowers has been awful since the All-Star Break. The catcher is struggling badly and needs to be let go in the off-season.
Tyler Flowers has done well for the Atlanta Braves from their rebuild helping them as they eased back into contention. However, his struggles are hard to miss this season and point to the Braves improving at his position.
Flowers is a good teammate and appears to be well respected in the Braves clubhouse. But for a team who is expecting to be contenders in the coming years that simply isn’t enough.
Every roster spot must produce and bring something to the table for Atlanta. Flower’s has continually allowed runners to steal and had passed balls that he should have caught.
While he has shown some signs of life at the plate lately that hardly makes up for the extended slump he has been in. As a catcher when you are a negative both at the plate and behind it there is hardly a reason to give him a roster spot.
There will be better options on the market and there is hope Brian McCann will return if he doesn’t retire at season’s end. Flowers has hit .208 so far in the second half of the season Including the month of July where he failed to hit even .200.
Flowers has been a good stop-gap for Atlanta at a position they haven’t had a clear answer to since Brian McCann’s younger years. Now they must focus on improving the position and moving on from a player who is going to be a liability heading into the postseason.
Tyler Flowers has had his best seasons in Atlanta, however, all good things must come to an end and it is time for Atlanta to move on from Tyler Flowers.