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Portrait of George Kottaras

George Kottaras C Blue Jays

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2014 Projections (Preseason PECOTA - seasonal age 31)
PA AVG HR R RBI SB TAv WARP
250 .223 8 29 29 1 .265 1.2
Birth Date5-10-1983
Height6' 0"
Weight200 lbs
Age31 years, 5 months, 11 days
BatsL
ThrowsR
0.52010
0.52011
1.02012
0.52013
1.52014
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WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB BB SO HBP SF SH RBI SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2008 BOS 25 3 5 5 1 1 1 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400 .209 0.6 -0.0 0.1
2009 BOS 26 45 107 93 15 22 11 0 1 36 11 25 0 3 0 10 0 0 .237 .308 .387 .238 0.4 -0.4 -0.0
2010 MIL 27 67 250 212 24 43 12 1 9 84 33 44 0 4 1 26 2 0 .203 .305 .396 .270 5.6 -1.0 0.5
2011 MIL 28 49 123 111 15 28 6 1 5 51 10 26 0 1 1 17 0 1 .252 .311 .459 .265 5.1 0.0 0.5
2012 MIL 29 58 116 86 10 18 4 0 3 31 29 24 0 0 1 12 0 0 .209 .409 .360 .275 5.4 -0.7 0.5
2012 OAK 29 27 93 85 10 18 2 1 6 40 8 24 0 0 0 19 0 0 .212 .280 .471 .275 3.9 0.6 0.5
2013 KCA 30 46 126 100 13 18 4 0 5 37 24 42 2 0 0 12 1 0 .180 .349 .370 .265 5.5 -0.6 0.5
2014 CLE 31 10 27 21 4 6 0 0 3 15 4 11 0 1 1 4 0 0 .286 .385 .714 .378 3.6 -0.1 0.4
2014 SLN 31 4 6 5 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 0 1 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .323 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2014 TOR 31 4 5 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .115 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1
Career313858722921554033229712120329410131.215.326.411.26829.4-2.12.9

Advanced

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg G PA TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ FRAA BRR BVORP BWARP VORP WARP
2003 IDA Rk 42 164 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .300 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 FTW A 78 326 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 LEL A+ 91 394 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .344 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MOB AA 29 121 .355 .262 .339 .381 .258 .355 102 7.6 2.2 1 -0.1 -0.6 11.3 1.1 11.3 1.1
2006 MOB AA 78 310 .314 .260 .323 .381 .253 .348 105 10.9 5.5 2.9 0.8 -3.8 14.7 1.6 14.7 1.6
2006 POR AAA 33 133 .216 .277 .358 .435 .273 .264 106 -5.4 3.4 1.5 -0.7 0.3 -1.1 -0.2 -1.1 -0.2
2007 PAW AAA 87 334 .249 .268 .337 .402 .263 .287 93 -4 9.8 5.9 -0.8 -2.3 4.9 0.4 4.9 0.4
2008 BOS MLB 3 5 .209 .242 .306 .372 .242 .333 113 -0.3 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.6 0.6 0.1 0.6 0.1
2008 PAW AAA 107 462 .279 .263 .330 .405 .264 .281 88 9.8 14.2 2.7 -0.8 -0.6 24.1 2.3 24.1 2.3
2009 BOS MLB 45 107 .238 .261 .324 .414 .255 .300 110 -2.5 3.1 1.8 -0.4 -0.4 0.4 -0.0 0.4 -0.0
2009 PAW AAA 10 30 .319 .265 .323 .397 .250 .389 97 1.9 0.9 0.1 -0.0 0.2 2.6 0.3 2.6 0.3
2010 MIL MLB 67 250 .270 .262 .328 .415 .272 .209 95 2.6 6.9 4.1 -1.0 -4.6 5.6 0.5 5.6 0.5
2011 MIL MLB 49 123 .265 .265 .324 .410 .265 .284 105 0.6 3.3 1.8 0.0 -0.0 5.1 0.5 5.1 0.5
2011 NAS AAA 29 118 .310 .294 .361 .464 .274 .449 101 6.9 3.7 2.2 0.3 -1.3 10.7 1.0 10.7 1.0
2012 MIL MLB 58 116 .275 .256 .318 .411 .261 .254 107 1.8 3.2 1.2 -0.7 -0.2 5.4 0.5 5.4 0.5
2012 OAK MLB 27 93 .275 .256 .314 .406 .260 .218 93 1.4 2.5 1.5 0.6 -0.5 3.9 0.5 3.9 0.5
2013 KCA MLB 46 126 .265 .245 .310 .380 .258 .245 100 0.6 3.3 1.8 -0.6 -0.3 5.5 0.5 5.5 0.5
2014 CLE MLB 10 27 .378 .258 .319 .396 .266 .375 99 3 0.7 0.4 -0.1 0.1 3.6 0.4 3.6 0.4
2014 SLN MLB 4 6 .323 .231 .282 .370 .241 .333 103 0.4 0.2 0 -0.0 -0.5 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2014 TOR MLB 4 5 .115 .239 .299 .346 .241 .000 107 -0.7 0.1 0.1 -0.0 0.0 -0.5 -0.1 -0.5 -0.1
2014 BUF AAA 13 49 .290 .258 .327 .380 .250 .320 97 1.7 1.5 0.8 -0.3 -0.6 2.9 0.3 2.9 0.3
2014 COH AAA 14 47 .146 .247 .320 .367 .241 .174 106 -6.1 1.4 0.8 -0.3 0.3 -4.1 -0.4 -4.1 -0.4

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO TAv VORP FRAA WARP
2003 IDA Rk 164 27 37 8 1 7 24 19 36 1 1 .259 .350 .476 .217 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 FTW A 326 40 84 18 1 7 46 51 41 0 0 .310 .418 .461 .151 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 MOB AA 121 16 29 7 0 2 15 19 23 0 0 .287 .400 .416 .129 .355 11.3 -0.1 1.1
2005 LEL A+ 394 54 102 29 0 9 50 50 60 2 1 .303 .392 .469 .166 .000 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 MOB AA 310 40 71 19 1 8 33 50 68 0 1 .276 .396 .451 .175 .314 14.7 0.8 1.6
2006 POR AAA 133 14 25 10 1 2 17 12 30 0 0 .210 .288 .361 .151 .216 -1.1 -0.7 -0.2
2007 PAW AAA 334 32 71 22 0 9 39 32 71 1 1 .241 .318 .408 .167 .249 4.9 -0.8 0.4
2008 PAW AAA 462 63 96 18 0 22 65 64 110 0 0 .243 .350 .456 .213 .279 24.1 -0.8 2.3
2008 BOS MLB 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 .200 .200 .400 .200 .209 0.6 -0.0 0.1
2009 BOS MLB 107 15 22 11 0 1 10 11 25 0 0 .237 .308 .387 .151 .238 0.4 -0.4 -0.0
2009 PAW AAA 30 1 7 3 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 .292 .433 .417 .125 .319 2.6 -0.0 0.3
2010 MIL MLB 250 24 43 12 1 9 26 33 44 2 0 .203 .305 .396 .193 .270 5.6 -1.0 0.5
2011 NAS AAA 118 19 35 8 1 4 21 16 29 0 1 .343 .432 .559 .216 .310 10.7 0.3 1.0
2011 MIL MLB 123 15 28 6 1 5 17 10 26 0 1 .252 .311 .459 .207 .265 5.1 0.0 0.5
2012 MIL MLB 116 10 18 4 0 3 12 29 24 0 0 .209 .409 .360 .151 .275 5.4 -0.7 0.5
2012 OAK MLB 93 10 18 2 1 6 19 8 24 0 0 .212 .280 .471 .259 .275 3.9 0.6 0.5
2013 KCA MLB 126 13 18 4 0 5 12 24 42 1 0 .180 .349 .370 .190 .265 5.5 -0.6 0.5
2014 BUF AAA 49 6 11 1 0 3 8 7 14 0 0 .262 .367 .500 .238 .290 2.9 -0.3 0.3
2014 COH AAA 47 4 5 0 0 1 5 4 18 0 0 .119 .196 .190 .071 .146 -4.1 -0.3 -0.4
2014 CLE MLB 27 4 6 0 0 3 4 4 11 0 0 .286 .385 .714 .429 .378 3.6 -0.1 0.4
2014 SLN MLB 6 0 1 0 0 0 1 1 2 0 0 .200 .333 .200 .000 .323 -0.0 -0.0 -0.0
2014 TOR MLB 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 3 0 0 .000 .200 .000 .000 .115 -0.5 -0.0 -0.1

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2008 17 0.7647 0.5294 0.5556 0.6154 0.2500 0.6250 0.0000 0.4444
2009 399 0.5063 0.4110 0.7927 0.5644 0.2538 0.8772 0.6000 0.2073
2010 1012 0.5227 0.3719 0.8298 0.5463 0.1801 0.8789 0.6667 0.1702
2011 471 0.4904 0.4255 0.7500 0.5844 0.2708 0.8222 0.6000 0.2500
2012 928 0.4946 0.3319 0.7987 0.5054 0.1620 0.8578 0.6184 0.2013
2013 555 0.5081 0.3027 0.7321 0.4645 0.1355 0.8397 0.3514 0.2679
2014 172 0.4535 0.2500 0.5814 0.3462 0.1702 0.6667 0.4375 0.3953
Career35540.50480.3570.77830.52060.18860.84810.57420.2205

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2012-05-29 2012-06-01 DTD 3 3 - Thigh Strain Hamstring - -
2009-07-30 2009-09-01 15-DL 33 30 Low Back Strain -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2014 CHN $1,075,000
2013 KCA $1,000,000
2012 MIL $700,000
2011 MIL $440,000
2010 MIL $408,500
YearsDescriptionSalary
4 yrPrevious$2,548,500
2011Current$1,075,000
5 yrPvs + Cur$3,623,500
5 yrTotal$3,623,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
4 y 149 dDamon Lapa1 year/$1.075M (2014)

Details
  • 1 year/$1.075M (2014). Re-signed by Chicago Cubs 12/2/13 (avoided arbitration). Released by Chicago Cubs 3/26/14. Signed by Cleveland 3/31/14 (minor-league contract, salary of $0.95M in majors). Contract selected by Cleveland 5/3/14. DFA by Cleveland 5/6/14. Sent outright to Triple-A 5/11/14. Contract selected by Cleveland 5/27/14. Claimed by St. Louis off waivers 7/11/14 after being DFA by Cleveland 7/7/14. DFA by St. Louis 7/26/14. Released by St. Louis 7/29/14. Signed by Toronto as a free agent 8/10/14 (minor-league contract). Contract selected by Toronto 9/2/14. Sent outright to Triple-A by Toronto 10/3/14.
  • 1 year/$1M (2013). Signed by Oakland 1/14/13 (avoided arbitration). Claimed off waivers by Kansas City 1/25/13 after being DFA by Oakland 1/16/13. Acquired by Chicago Cubs in trade 11/26/13 after being DFA by Kansas City 11/21/13.
  • 1 year/$0.7M (2012). Re-signed by Milwaukee 12/12/11 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by Oakland in trade 7/29/12 after being DFA by Milwaukee 7/26/12.
  • 1 year/$0.44M (2011). Re-signed by Milwaukee 3/1/11.
  • 1 year/$0.4085M (2010). Signed by Milwaukee 2/10.
  • 1 year/$0.4M (2009). Re-signed by Boston 3/10/09. Claimed by Milwaukee off waivers from Boston 11/18/09.
  • 1 year (2008). Re-signed by Boston 2/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Re-signed by Boston 3/07.
  • 1 year (2006). Contract purchased by San Diego 11/05. Re-signed by San Diego 2/06. Acquired by Boston in trade from San Diego 9/06.
  • Drafted by San Diego 2002 (20-595) (Connors State JC, Okla.). Draft and follow. $0.375M signing bonus.

2014 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 3/11/2014 05:35 ET

PCT PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG TAv VORP FRAA WARP
90o 316 42 68 16 1 11 41 48 69 1 1 .261 .376 .468 .302 21.7 C -1 2.3
80o 293 37 60 14 1 10 37 43 66 1 1 .246 .358 .441 .288 16.1 C -1 1.7
70o 277 34 55 13 1 9 33 39 63 1 0 .236 .345 .421 .277 12.4 C -1 1.3
60o 263 31 51 12 1 8 31 36 61 1 0 .227 .334 .405 .268 9.5 C -1 1.0
50o 250 29 47 11 1 8 28 33 59 1 0 .219 .323 .390 .260 7.0 C -1 0.7
40o 237 26 43 10 1 7 26 30 57 1 0 .211 .313 .375 .251 4.8 C 0 0.5
30o 223 24 39 9 1 6 24 27 55 1 0 .202 .302 .360 .243 2.6 C 0 0.2
20o 207 21 35 8 1 6 21 24 51 1 0 .192 .289 .342 .232 0.3 C 0 0.0
10o 184 18 30 7 1 5 18 20 47 1 0 .179 .271 .317 .218 -2.3 C 0 -0.3
Weighted Mean2563049121830346010.223.329.398.2648.2C -10.8

Diagnostics

Breakout Rate Improve Rate Collapse Rate Attrition Rate MLB %
0% 31% 11% 15% 95%

Long-Term Forecast (Beyond the 2014 Projections)

Playing time estimates are based on performance, not Depth Charts.
Year Age PA R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB AVG OBP SLG TAv WARP VORP BRR POS_ADJ REP_ADJ RAA FRAA
201532250304511072732631.211.315.362.2520.98.3-0.41.410.9-3.6-0.5
20163349160881921554651210.207.315.363.2521.211.8-0.72.614.7-4.7-0.9
201734623761092511867831640.206.314.359.2511.111.6-0.93.114.9-5.6-1.2
201835630761102521867851670.202.312.353.2470.99.1-0.93.014.9-7.9-1.2
20193650960882011352661300.202.307.344.2430.34.2-0.72.27.8-5.2-1.0
202037603721062321865751540.204.305.357.2460.88.4-0.82.514.9-8.2-1.2
20213852761932121353651360.202.302.340.2390.33.9-0.72.014.9-12.3-1.0
202239621711082421561761620.200.300.335.2370.22.8-0.92.214.9-13.5-1.2
202340609681042321459741590.198.297.329.234-0.10.5-0.82.014.9-15.7-1.2

Upside By Year

2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 PEAK 5
31.322.918.312.311.17.495.9

Comparable Players (Similarity Index 77)

Rank Score Name Year TAv Trend
1 87 Chris Snyder 2012 .218
2 84 Matthew Lecroy 2007 .142
3 83 Dick Dietz 1973 .328
4 82 Johnny Romano 1966 .292
5 82 Chris Hoiles 1996 .286
6 82 Ryan Doumit 2012 .269
7 82 Carlton Fisk 1979 .253
8 81 Morgan Ensberg 2007 .249
9 80 Ted Simmons 1981 .243
10 80 John Buck 2012 .237
11 80 Lyle Overbay 2008 .270
12 80 Joe Ferguson 1978 .285
13 79 Gary Carter 1985 .303
14 78 Mike Stanley 1994 .308
15 78 Ryan Church 2010 .224
16 78 Ryan Klesko 2002 .311
17 78 Duke Sims 1972 .263
18 78 Nate McLouth 2013 .269
19 78 Darrell Porter 1983 .283
20 78 Jason Thompson 1986 .259
21 78 Randy Milligan 1993 .313
22 77 Keith Hernandez 1985 .292
23 77 Don Mincher 1969 .294
24 77 David Justice 1997 .336
25 77 Bill Freehan 1973 .238
26 77 Tom Haller 1968 .303
27 77 Fred Lewis 2012 .197
28 77 Paul Konerko 2007 .280
29 77 Jim Leyritz 1995 .270
30 77 Eric Chavez 2009 .102
31 77 Gabe Gross 2011 .000 DNP
32 77 Gene Tenace 1978 .319
33 77 Austin Kearns 2011 .222
34 77 Erubiel Durazo 2005 .235
35 77 Will Clark 1995 .308
36 77 Rocky Colavito 1965 .325
37 76 Yogi Berra 1956 .322
38 76 Ron Cey 1979 .313
39 76 John Kruk 1992 .325
40 76 Josh Bard 2009 .230
41 76 Matt Stairs 1999 .297
42 76 Ben Broussard 2008 .178
43 76 Brad Wilkerson 2008 .231
44 76 Sal Bando 1975 .265
45 76 Smoky Burgess 1958 .265
46 76 Kent Hrbek 1991 .288
47 76 Ron Santo 1971 .281
48 76 Jack Clark 1987 .367
49 76 Luke Scott 2009 .277
50 76 Mike Lamb 2007 .284
51 76 Bobby Abreu 2005 .313
52 76 Ben Francisco 2013 .180
53 76 John Milner 1981 .271
54 76 Don Baylor 1980 .238
55 76 Benny Ayala 1982 .300
56 76 Terrmel Sledge 2008 .000 DNP
57 76 Norm Siebern 1965 .295
58 75 David Ross 2008 .261
59 75 Ryan Spilborghs 2011 .200
60 75 Rafael Palmeiro 1996 .307
61 75 Bobby Kielty 2008 .000 DNP
62 75 Kelly Johnson 2013 .268
63 75 Hal McRae 1977 .299
64 75 Eric Hinske 2009 .272
65 75 Alvin Davis 1992 .255
66 75 Michael Barrett 2008 .222
67 75 Norm Cash 1966 .303
68 75 Orlando Cepeda 1969 .277
69 75 Jonny Gomes 2012 .318
70 75 Mike Sweeney 2005 .290
71 75 Darren Daulton 1993 .304
72 75 Gene Oliver 1966 .242
73 75 Jorge Posada 2003 .319
74 75 Ramon Hernandez 2007 .250
75 75 Bobby Murcer 1977 .278
76 75 Bob Watson 1977 .314
77 75 Boog Powell 1973 .301
78 75 Victor Martinez 2010 .281
79 75 Gary Roenicke 1986 .278
80 75 Ben Zobrist 2012 .311
81 75 Hank Thompson 1957 .000 DNP
82 75 Garrett Atkins 2011 .000 DNP
83 75 Fred Lynn 1983 .296
84 75 Merv Rettenmund 1974 .244
85 75 Ramon Castro 2007 .288
86 75 Brian Giles 2002 .350
87 75 Tino Martinez 1999 .265
88 74 Trot Nixon 2005 .282
89 74 Darrell Evans 1978 .294
90 74 Billy Williams 1969 .292
91 74 Roy Campanella 1953 .335
92 74 Reggie Smith 1976 .292
93 74 Von Hayes 1990 .294
94 74 Shawn Green 2004 .281
95 74 Eric Munson 2009 .016
96 74 Don Pavletich 1970 .165
97 74 Jim Pagliaroni 1969 .286
98 74 Cliff Floyd 2004 .286
99 74 Glenn Davis 1992 .285
100 74 Ken Singleton 1978 .326

Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .185 .377 .282 .254
11 vs R (Multi) .206 .332 .422 .268
18 Split (Multi) .022 -.045 .141 .014
19 LgAvg (Multi) .027 .038 .071 .034
30 vs L (2013) .143 .400 .214 .247
31 vs R (2013) .186 .340 .395 .261
38 Split (2013) .043 -.060 .181 .014
39 LgAvg (2013) .026 .037 .071 .034

BP Annual Player Comments

YearComment
2014 Due to publishing agreements, the 2014 player comments and team essays are only available in the Baseball Prospectus 2014 book (available in hardcopy, e-book, and Kindle).
2013 Acquired from the Brewers late in the summer, Kottaras provided a buffer for catcher-of-the-future Derek Norris in the wake of the Kurt Suzuki trade. Kottaras's left-handed bat will keep him employed as long as he can handle the defensive duties at catcher, and his career walk rate of 13 percent will endear him to saber-savvy ballclubs even as his contact ability deteriorates. His batting average has already played a game of chicken with the Mendoza line. Kottaras took a free pass in more than one-fourth of his Milwaukee plate appearances in 2012, and the sudden disappearance of walks upon arriving in Oakland was a testament to the fluctuations that are inherent with small sample sizes.
2012 Kottaras has hit 12 home runs in 368 plate appearances against right-handed pitching in his career, and slugged .500 against righties in 2011. He even walks enough to make up for the fact that his lack of foot speed drags down his batting average. If he could throw out anyone faster than Prince Fielder, he could provide some team the big half of a cheap catching platoon. As is, he can be spotted against tough right-handed starters on slow teams. But—despite the bat—he makes for a sub-optimal backup catcher, as there will always be the temptation to use the regular as a defensive replacement, or to—ugh—carry a third catcher.
2011 When Gregg Zaun hurt his shoulder in mid-May, Kottaras took over for his fellow Canuck and promptly flashed an “Open for Business” sign to opposing runners, who stole 44 bases in 52 attempts and compelled the Brewers to hand the everyday job to rookie Jonathan Lucroy. Last year was the best chance yet for Kottaras, a long-time sabermetric favorite, to parlay his patient lefty bat into a permanent starting gig, but there’s far more to hitting than walks and the occasional long fly. Kottaras will enter spring training aiming to convince management that he can do the job defensively, and if he can, his offensive ceiling will still be higher than Lucroy’s. It's also higher than that of Wil Nieves, against whom Kottaras will suffer the indignity of competing for a roster spot.
2010 Kottaras was welcomed into the fraternity of backup catchers in 2009, serving as Jason Varitek’s caddy, chasing after Tim Wakefield’s knuckleball, and watching whatever small shot he had at a starting job go up in smoke with the Red Sox's acquisition of Victor Martinez. He then saw his backup job vanish when Varitek picked up his player option for 2010. After asking for and receiving his release, Kottaras signed on with Milwaukee, where he will battle for a chance to be the "veteran" caddy to rookie Angel Salome if the Brew Crew punts on the innumerable veteran receivers on this year's market. If Kottaras is able to match his career Triple-A line (.239/.331/.424) in the majors, he’ll be a viable starter, albeit an unexceptional one (the average major league catcher hit .254/.321/.396 in 2009).
2009 Two years and one organization later, Kottaras finally found his bat again. His power output exceeded the potential he flashed at Double-A back in 2006, and this time his line looked solid without the aid of an unrealistic BABIP. Being an offense-first catcher who doesn't hit is like being an sushi restaurant that's run out of fish, so this was a positive development. Patience at the plate has always been a virtue for Kottaras, but he may need to take his bat off of his shoulder more often if he makes it to the bigs. If Varitek leaves, don't expect Kottaras to get the first call to replace him.
2008 George Kottaras take his walks, but that's now his only skill. He is no longer a prospect.
2007 For five starts worth of a revitalized David Wells, Theo Epstein scored a nice haul with the fourth catcher to change hands between the Red Sox and Padres within a year. Kottaras` size, durability, and will to endure the daily grind of catching are all concerns, but he offers a nice mix of line-drive power and good plate discipline; his bat could support a position change if necessary. He`ll likely spend the season in Pawtucket, but could see Boston if Varitek is sidelined again.
2006 The fraternity of former hot catching prospects is fraught with disappointment--ask Matt LeCroy or Toby Hall. Kottaras resembles a young Craig Biggio more than behemoths like LeCroy or Hall, though, and he looks like he`s going to be a pretty fair defensive backstop. His 36 doubles and 69 walks last year point to some promising line-drive power and a good batting eye, traits that will serve him well at higher levels. With just 101 Double-A at-bats on his record, he won`t be a factor in the big leagues in 2006. Look for Kottaras in 2007--Doug Mirabelli is not a long-term solution behind the plate.
2005 With apologies to Josh Barfield, here's the best prospect in the system. A native Canadian grabbed out of junior college as a 20th-round pick as a draft-and-follow, Kottaras showed a precocious batting eye, intriguing doubles power and great defensive instincts behind the plate. The Padres compare him to Brad Ausmus with the glove, Jorge Posada with the bat. If you're in a deep dynasty league, feign ignorance, grab him, and you'll be gloating four years from now.

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-07-29 14:00:00 (link to chat)Welcome to the chat room! Got any idea why the Cardinals found it necessary to defenestrate George Kottaras so quickly as Yadier Molina stand-in? Is he THAT bad at catcher defense? Supporting evidence?
(Bill from New Mexico)
Yeah, he is. In 2013 he put up -33 runs per 7000 pitches. That's really bad. Worse than Salty, and worse than A.J. Ellis (who admits he's a terrible framer). (Noah Woodward)
2014-04-22 20:00:00 (link to chat)Help! I have Team 6 in NL All Stars, a 2-time defending division champ. In my quest to try to win the title last year (falling just short), I traded away many of my draft picks for this year. That meant that I wasn't able to draft much depth this year, and what depth I was able to draft (or keep), and whom I was counting on (hoping) to play in the majors are not (George Kottaras, Tommy La Stella, Oscar Tavares, Wilmer Flores, Tony Abreu) or are injured (Carlos Quentin with his annual injury, Josh Johnson). All of this leaves me with exactly one C, two 1B, one 2B, one part-time 3B, one SS, four OFers, five SPs (plus Thornburg), and five SRs. I have three SPs that are in the minors or should pitch later this year (TJ surgery-all Padres) and the aforementioned players languishing in the minors. I'm still competitive (above .500) and wish to remain so this year. What should I be looking for in the upcoming supps? I'd like another SP, but the best two available are Jorge de la Rosa & Jordan Lyles. I don't trust either. Or should I just try to eliminate all the AAA appearances by infielder and outfielder and draft accordingly?
(Mark68 from A Mile High)
We'd probably go with the best SP with one pick and the best middle infielder with the second since a sixth starter can be used regardless and middle infield depth is one of the most painful places to see AAA show up on the weekly results. (Scoresheet Chat with Ben, Jared, and Ian)
2012-10-30 13:00:00 (link to chat)Any non-superstar/star-level players who could be non-tendered that teams should kick the tires on?
(jlarsen from chicago)
With the caveat that I did less than two seconds of research, some interesting names to me are Kyle Blanks, George Kottaras, Nyjer Morgan, Mark Reynolds, Brendan Ryan, Gaby Sanchez, Geovany Soto, Ian Stewart, Drew Stubbs, Dallas Braden, Philip Humber, Tommy Hunter, Jair Jurrjens, Mike Pelfrey, and Jerome Williams. (Geoff Young)
2012-01-10 13:00:00 (link to chat)That's funny, I never even think of C as a position since I've never, ever had a good C before.
(kddean from loop)
That might be a mistake. Catcher is the most scarce and definitely needs to be paid attention to. Their stats count just as much as anyone else's. Would you rather have Brian McCann and Placido Polanco or Pablo Sandoval and George Kottaras? (Derek Carty)
2009-01-29 13:00:00 (link to chat)Hi Marc, any thoughts on the Varitek situation? Any predictions for the BoSox this year?
(Rob from Brighton)
You know, I was actually looking forward to a Josh Bard/George Kottaras combo behind the plate (I know, I know. You try watching Varitek for a full season nowadays and see what you can convince yourself of). I'm thinking Varitek is going to reluctantly take the deal, though. Funny how the combined money for the two-year setup is supposedly for less than the single-season he was looking for, eh?

I'm ready to move on though, unless they plan on platooning Tek. He cannot hit righties anymore, so having him back there most of the time is the wrong thing to do. (Marc Normandin)


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Advanced Catching Metrics

Year Framing Chances Extra Strikes Framing Runs Framing Runs per 7000 Blocking Chances PB/WP Saved Blocking Runs Blocking Runs per 7000 Total Receiving Runs Total Receiving Runs per 7000
2008 74 0 -0.1 -7.4 46 0.1 0.0 2.5 -0.1 -4.9
2009 2290 -29 -3.1 -9.5 1397 1.6 0.5 2.3 -2.7 -7.2
2010 5223 -28 -3.5 -4.7 3102 4.5 1.1 2.6 -2.4 -2.2
2011 2223 -20 -3.8 -11.9 1273 2.1 0.6 3.3 -3.2 -8.5
2012 3879 -20 -1.4 -2.5 2273 4.9 1.3 4.1 -0.0 1.6
2013 2298 -45 -6.8 -20.7 1231 1.2 0.3 1.8 -6.5 -18.9
2014 615 -2 -0.5 -5.7 362 0.3 0.1 1.5 -0.4 -4.2
total 16602 -147 -19.1 -8.0 9684 12.3 3.3 2.4 -15.7 -5.6

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