DENVER – The Colorado Rockies, despite carrying just four position players on their bench, are now into their second month with three catchers.
Veteran Chris Iannetta is the steady hand. He knows how to work an at-bat and a game. He has the experience and savvy to serve as a guiding force for young rotation. Even though his surface numbers have never been off the charts, he has been consistent for years.
Tony Wolters’ value shows up even less through numbers, relying on a unique mix of athleticism behind the plate and a knack for coming through in clutch moments despite his otherwise quiet bat. He has shown his worth in framing, taking runners off the basepaths, and in a particular affinity to work with some of the young pitchers he has known throughout their careers, even in the minors.
Tom Murphy brings the pop. Yes, he has hit just one home run so far this season, but it was a game-winner. Murphy has by far the highest-ceiling bat of any of the three but is also still working on catching up to the other two behind the dish.