The Rockies announced that they have claimed catcher/infielder Tony Wolters off waivers from the Indians. To clear a spot on the 40-man roster, right-hander Adam Ottavino (who is recovering from Tommy John surgery) has been transferred to the 60-day disabled list. Patrick Saunders of the Denver Post first reported that the waiver claim would happen (Twitter link).
Wolters, 23, was a third-round pick of the Indians back in 2010 and spent the 2015 season with Cleveland’s Double-A affiliate, where he struggled to a .209/.290/.280 batting line in 271 plate appearances. However, he brings a rare skill-set to the table, as a former shortstop that shifted behind the plate in 2013 but still plays the middle infield on occasion. Wolters is a career .258/.335/.349 hitter in the minors, and he consistently rated among Cleveland’s top 30 prospects in the eyes of Baseball America from 2010-15. BA noted last winter that the move behind the plate didn’t do his offense any favors, but the Rockies will attempt to get his bat back up to speed in an effort to eventually reap the benefits of Wolters’ rare breed of defensive versatility.