George Kottaras Catcher

     
 

Born: May 10, 1983
Scarborough, Ontario
Height: 6-0
Weight: 185
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 20th round, 2002 by SD
How Acquired: Acquired from San Diego for
David Wells (Aug. 2006)
College: Connors State
High School: Milliken Mills (ON)

Photo © Kelly O'Connor

Links
Diehard Q&A: George Kottaras
2009 Prospect Previews

Released (November 2009)

Scouting Report
: Offensive-minded catcher with 20 home run power potential and good plate discipline. However, his patience at the plate has led to leaving his bat on his shoulder a bit too much. Takes advantage of mistake pitches.  Doesn't make contact on a consistent-enough basis.  Has been somewhat pull-happy historically.  Behind the plate, Kottaras' glove skills have been called into question in the past, including his ability to throw out runners, his game calling ability, and his basic fundamentals.  However, he's a very hard worker and takes to developmental coaching well, and as such his skills have improved during his time in the Sox system.  His game calling ability has certainly improved, as several pitchers in the Sox system have grown very comfortable with Kottaras behind the dish.  On the other hand, while his arm is strong, his throwing motion still lacks quickness, and he only throws about 20% of runners out.  Good at blocking balls in the dirt, and gets to bunts and fly balls well.  Has extended experience catching knuckleballers.

 
   
    Career Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2003 Idaho Falls Pio Rk Sd 20 42 143 27 37 8 1 7 24 68 19 36 1 1 0.259 0.348 0.476 0.824
  2004 Fort Wayne Midw A Sd 21 78 271 40 84 18 1 7 46 125 51 41 0 0 0.310 0.415 0.461 0.876
  2005 Lake Elsinore Calif A Sd 22 91 337 54 102 29 0 9 50 158 50 60 2 1 0.303 0.390 0.469 0.859
  2005 Mobile Sou AA Sd 22 29 101 16 29 7 0 2 15 42 19 23 0 0 0.287 0.397 0.416 0.813
  2006 Mobile Sou AA Sd 23 78 257 40 71 19 1 8 33 116 50 68 0 1 0.276 0.394 0.451 0.845
  2006 Portland PCL AAA Sd 23 33 119 14 25 10 1 2 17 43 12 30 0 0 0.210 0.286 0.361 0.647
  2007 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 24 87 294 32 71 22 0 9 39 120 32 71 1 1 0.241 0.316 0.408 0.724
2008 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 25 107 395 63 96 18 0 22 65 180 64 110 0 0 0.243 0.348 0.456 0.804
2008 Boston AL MLB Bos 25 3 5 1 1 1 0 0 0 2 0 2 0 0 0.200 0.200 0.400 0.600
2008 Este DWL Wint Bos 25 10 26 5 8 4 0 0 2 12 4 4 1 1 0.308 0.419 0.462 0.881
2009 Pawtucket IL AAA Bos 26 10 24 1 7 3 0 0 0 10 6 6 0 0 0.292 0.433 0.417 0.850
2009 Boston AL MLB Bos 26 45 93 15 22 11 0 1 10 36 11 25 0 0 0.237 0.308 0.387 0.695
2010 Milwaukee NL MLB Mil 27 67 212 24 43 12 1 9 26 84 33 44 2 0 0.203 0.305 0.396 0.701
  2011 Nashville IL AAA Mil 28 29 102 19 35 8 1 4 21 57 16 29 0 1 0.343 0.432 0.559 0.991
2011 Milwaukee NL MLB Mil 28 49 111 15 28 6 1 5 17 51 10 26 0 1 0.252 0.311 0.459 0.771
  2012 Milwaukee NL MLB Mil 29 58 86 10 18 4 0 3 12 31 29 24 0 0 0.209 0.409 0.360 0.769
  2012 Oakland  AL MLB Oak 29 27 85 10 18 2 1 6 19 40 8 24 0 0 0.212 0.280 0.471 0.750
  2013 Kansas City  AL MLB KC 30 46 100 13 18 4 0 5 12 37 24 42 1 0 0.180 0.349 0.370 0.719
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: Ka-tar-us
First Pro Contract:
May 26, 2003 by Lane Decker (SD)
Signing Bonus: $375,000
MiLB Debut: June 2003 (Idaho Falls)
Added to 40-man: September 5, 2006
MLB Debut:
September 13, 2008
Options Remaining
: 0 (2008, 2007, 2006)
     
  Awards
2005 Carolina League All-Star
2006 Futures Game All-Star
SoxProspects.com Awards
2007 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star - C

 


 
   

 
 

   
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