Arizona Diamondbacks: Gosewich Claimed off Waivers by Atlanta Braves


The Atlanta Braves have claimed catcher Tuffy Gosewich off waivers on Friday. Gosewich spent parts of the last four seasons with the Arizona Diamondbacks.

The Atlanta Braves have claimed Arizona Diamondbacks‘ catcher Tuffy Gosewich off waivers, both teams announced on Friday.

Gosewich had been with the Diamondbacks since 2013, which was also the year in which he made his debut. The D-Backs called up Gosewich in August of that year when starting catcher Miguel Montero went down with an injured back.

The 33-year old backstop compiled a .199 batting average in 126 career games with Arizona over the last four seasons. Gosewich only hit five home runs with 30 RBI in 392 at-bats with the team.

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With the D-Backs’ Triple-A affiliate Reno Aces, Gosewich tore the cover off of the ball all season long. In 58 games, Gosewich averaged .342/.399/.553 to go along with his nine home runs and 56 runs driven in. With seven teams dating back to 2005, the former eleventh-rounder from Arizona State University has put together a slash line of .246/.313/.383 in 800 games. Gosewich has 61 career minor league homers, and 329 RBI.

The consistency he often displayed at the plate last season in the minors has failed to translate to the big leagues. He has never had much success at the major-league level over the span of four different call-ups.

Gosewich made the big league team out of spring camp in 2015, and even started behind the plate on Opening Day. His ’15 season was cut short at the beginning of June after he suffered a torn ACL while trying to beat out a ground ball. At the time, Gosewich was hitting just .211 over the 38 games he appeared in.

Although the Braves seem to value Tyler Flowers, Gosewich could see some good playing time in the upcoming season. Gosewich is likely playing for a backup role, and will be competing with Anthony Recker for it.

Gosewich was drafted by the Philadelphia Phillies in the eleventh round of the 2005 MLB Draft, and spent eight years in their minor league system. He never really amounted into the player the Diamondbacks had in mind when they signed him in November of 2012.

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If Gosewich plans to see a good amount of playing time with the Braves next season, he must hit for a better average. The Braves could certainly use some consistency from an offensive standpoint..