- Full name Robert Austin Wynns
- Born 12/10/1990 in San Diego, CA
- Profile Ht.: 6'0" / Wt.: 190 / Bats: R / Throws: R
- School Fresno State
- Debut 06/05/2018
Drafted in the 10th round (309th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in 2013 (signed for $10,000).
View Draft ReportFresno State didn't return many innings from their 2012 team in 2013, but felt confident their pitchers would be fine because Wynns was behind the plate. He makes pitchers better because he can get them pitches from the umpire and gives them confidence to trust their stuff because he's a blocking machine. He is a leader on the field and keeps the running game in check with solid-average arm strength. He has decent athleticism in his solid, 6-foot-2, 205-pound build. At the plate, he has the strength to run into a few balls, but profiles as a below-average hitter.
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A senior sign in 2013 out of Fresno State, Wynns got an invitation to major league spring training in 2017 and has long been on the coaching staff's radar for his defensive abilities. He followed an eye-opening stint in the Arizona Fall League in 2016 with his best year as a pro. He threw out 38.2 percent of would-be basestealers in 2017 and was charged with just five passed balls in 781.1 innings for Double-A Bowie, career-bests in both categories. Wynns has an above-average arm with consistent pop times around 2.0 seconds, and presents a good target for his pitchers behind the plate. His bat has also come around, to the tune of .281/.377/.419 with a career-high 10 home runs and 18 doubles. A prototypical catcher, Wynns could be a good long-term complement to Chance Sisco behind the plate. He'll likely get another chance to make an impression in a crowded catching scene during major league camp in 2018, but could be the everyday catcher at Triple-A Norfolk if Sisco makes the big league club.
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- Rated Best Defensive Catcher in the Baltimore Orioles in 2019
- Rated Best Defensive Catcher in the Baltimore Orioles in 2018