Tyler Flowers
Braves' Tyler Flowers: Three more hits Monday
Tyler Flowers, C, ATL
10:40 AM
News: Flowers went 3-for-4 with a double, a run scored and two RBI in Monday's Grapefruit League game against the Tigers.

He's caught fire in the waning days of spring training, banging out seven hits in his last 14 at-bats including two doubles and a homer. Flowers may have trouble repeating his .374 BABIP and .270 batting average from 2016, but the 31-year-old should still be productive (for a catcher, anyway) hitting near the bottom of an improving Braves offense.

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Tomas Telis
Marlins' Tomas Telis: Optioned to Triple-A
Tomas Telis, C, MIA
9:22 AM
News: Telis was optioned to Triple-A New Orleans on Tuesday, MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reports.

He hit .308 with an .802 OPS in 26 at-bats this spring on the heels of hitting .308 in 13 plate appearances in the majors last season, so the most recent returns suggest he could offer an empty batting average against major-league pitching. Telis makes a return trip to New Orleans, where he will await an injury to J.T. Realmuto or A.J. Ellis.

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Derek Norris
Rays' Derek Norris: Making Tampa Bay debut Tuesday
Derek Norris, C, TB
8:46 AM
News: Norris will make his first appearance for the Rays in Grapefruit League play Tuesday against the Twins, Steve Carney of 620 WDAE AM reports. He'll catch and bat third in the order.

After he was released by the Nationals shortly after the club signed Matt Wieters, Norris latched on with the Rays and projects to serve as their primary catcher until Wilson Ramos (knee) is cleared to return behind the plate, perhaps at some point in May. The Rays will throw Norris into the fire right away in his team debut, as the backstop will serve as the battery mate for ace Chris Archer, who is making his final start of the spring. Norris offers more offensive upside than the catchers the Rays have relied on in recent years, but his impressive pop comes with the drawback of poor contact rates. He struck out in a career-worst 30.3 percent of his plate appearances last season with the Padres, which contributed heavily in limiting his batting average to an awful .186.

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Sandy Leon
Red Sox's Sandy Leon: Belts two homers Monday
Sandy Leon, C, BOS
7:35 AM
News: Leon went 2-for-4 with two home runs and five RBI in Monday's game against the Orioles.

Leon, a switch-hitter, homered from both sides of the plate during Boston's nine-run fourth inning. These were his first extra-base hits of the spring. The 28-year-old catcher was cool at the plate to start the spring, but has heated up with more plate appearances, hitting in five of his last six games (7-for-19). Leon will open the season as Boston's starting catcher, but backup Christian Vazquez should grab at least two games a week.

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Carson Kelly
Cardinals' Carson Kelly: Optioned to Triple-A
Carson Kelly, C, STL
3/27/2017
News: Kelly was optioned to Triple-A Memphis on Monday, Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports.

Kelly has made a great case in his young minor league career to become Yadier Molina's successor in St. Louis. He hit .292/.352/.381 for Memphis over 32 games last season, a particularly impressive mark considering he was 5.4 years younger than the average Triple-A player. Eric Fryer will back up Molina for now, but Kelly has a chance to play his way onto the roster in the second half of 2017.

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Chris Stewart
Pirates' Chris Stewart: Catches from pitching machine
Chris Stewart, C, PIT
3/27/2017
News: Stewart (groin) caught off a pitching machine Monday, the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette's Bill Brink reports.

Stewart has been dealing with left groin discomfort since Friday. However, an MRI came back negative Saturday, as he hopes this step in his rehab process keeps him on track to be available for Opening Day, although Francisco Cervelli is expected to carry a heavy bulk of the catching duties this season. The 35-year-old says he felt fine after catching the machine, but did not really test himself, so his status will remain uncertain until he does.

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Hank Conger
Diamondbacks' Hank Conger: Reassigned to minor-league camp
Hank Conger, C, ARI
3/27/2017
News: Conger (oblique) was reassigned to the Diamondbacks' minor-league camp Monday.

Conger will remain with the big club through the end of spring training, but with the Diamondbacks set to proceed with Chris Iannetta and Jeff Mathis as their two catchers, the 28-year-old will have to settle for duties with Triple-A Reno. The veteran backstop has been sidelined all spring with a strained right oblique and is still awaiting his Cactus League debut.

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Andrew Knapp
Phillies' Andrew Knapp: Wins backup catching role
Andrew Knapp, C, PHI
3/27/2017
News: Knapp made the Phillies' Opening Day roster as the team's backup catcher, Ryan Lawrence of The Philly Voice reports.

The Phillies released veteran backstops Ryan Hanigan and Bryan Holaday on Monday, which likely leaves Knapp in line for about one or two starts a week while he works as the No. 2 catcher behind Cameron Rupp. Knapp, 25, has batted only .184 in Grapefruit League play, but impressed the Phillies with his defense behind the plate.

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Ryan Hanigan
Ryan Hanigan: Released by Philadelphia
Ryan Hanigan, C, PHI
3/27/2017
News: Hanigan was released by the Phillies on Monday, Todd Zolecki of MLB.com reports.

Hanigan's dismissal means that the Phillies will go with prospect Andrew Knapp as their main backup at catcher behind Cameron Rupp. The 36-year-old veteran has been renowned throughout his career for his receiving skills, so it's possible another team could have interest bringing him aboard as a No. 2 catcher.

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Erik Kratz
Indians' Erik Kratz: Fails to win Opening Day roster spot
Erik Kratz, C, CLE
3/27/2017
News: The Indians informed Kratz on Sunday that he wouldn't make the Opening Day roster.

The Tribe will go with Yan Gomes and Roberto Perez as their two backstops to begin the season, which will likely force Kratz to head to Triple-A Columbus to begin the campaign. The 36-year-old received 87 plate appearances with the Astros and Pirates last season, slashing just .094/.105/.153.

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