Saturday, March 19, 2005

George Kottaras Report

George Kottaras, C, San Diego Padres
Drafted 595th Overall (20th Rd), 2002 Draft, Connors State (OK) Junior College
Bats L/Throws R
21 YO, 6'0", 180 lbs

Now this is what a catcher prospect looks like. Kottaras is polished offensively, especially for his age. He has a touch of power and a great approach at the plate. He could improve his defense a touch, but he's not a liability and the Padres like his chances of becoming an above average defender, and there's never been so much as a whisper of him moving to another position...yet.

2004 Ft Wayne: .310/.415/.461, 18 2B, 7 HR, 51 BB, 41 K, 271 AB
mL Career: .292/.393/.466, 26 2B, 14 HR, 70 BB, 77 K, 414 AB

Kottaras is the player Billy Beane wishes Jeremy Brown was, only he's 4 years younger than Brown. He's also one of my favorites, and like Michael Bourn, I'm probably more optimistic than is rationally called for.

It's almost universally a good sign when a player walks more than he strikes out. This is no exception. Any criticism of his performance record thus far is just splitting hairs. Sure, no player who has yet to see HiA is a sure thing, especially when he's a catcher. But I like what I see so far. Projected to the Major Leagues, he'd be one of the 3 or 4 best offensive catchers in the game. Now he just has to avoid injuries and stagnation. As J.R. House has shown us, that's easier said than done.

ETA: 2007/2008
4 Stars

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