Going into 2018, it’ll be the third narrative in three tries for Tony Wolters.
In 2016, Wolters was the Cinderella story of the season for the Colorado Rockies. He earned himself a prominent role on a playoff-bound team. Now Wolters is fighting for a spot on the 25-man after a disappointing campaign marred by a concussion and a whole lot of ground balls.
As he enters spring training, the 25-year-old will be vying for the backup catcher spot behind free-agent acquisition Chris Iannetta. Whether it be Wolters or Tom Murphy, the backup catcher is likely to see significant time as Iannetta hasn't played more than 100 games in a season since 2014. Both options will have to prove their health and production issues of 2017 are in the past.
Wolters is clearly still the favorite to win the backup job and may even still fit in as the long-term option for the Rockies. Yet his 2017 season was telling and the impact that it carried has an effect moving forward.
Let's break Wolters down into three basic questions: What troubled him? Can he fix it? How huge would that be for his club?