Kole Cottam Portland Sea Dogs Catcher

       
 
Age: 25
Born: May 30, 1997
Birthplace: Knoxville, TN
Height: 6-3
Weight: 220
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
   
Drafted: 4th round, 2018 by BOS
How Acquired: Draft
College: Kentucky
High School: Knoxville Catholic (TN)

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Pronunciation: KAWT-umm
First Pro Contract: June 14, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: John Pyle
Signing Bonus: $375,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2022
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: June 17, 2018 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/22): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2022): MiLB contract
   
Twitter: @kole_cotton13
Instagram: @kolecottam13

 
 
 
 
 
     
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  Physical Description: Tall, sturdy frame. Filled out, minimal remaining projection.

Hit: Starts in a closed stance and utilizes a leg kick. Good plate coverage. All-fields approach. Likes the ball out over the plate so he can get extended and work to right-center field. Aggressive, looking to swing. Approach needs refinement, struggles recognizing off-speed pitches at times and will extend zone. At times has shown a willingness to take a walk, but has gotten more aggressive as he has moved up the system. Far too much swing-and-miss in his game. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Will show above-average raw power in batting practice to all fields. Over-the-fence game power, has not really shown yet, but given his swing and strength, could come eventually if he can show the ability to make consistent contact.

Arm: Fringe-average arm strength. Has a quick release, but throws lack zip and carry.

Field: Soft hands, average receiver. Struggles somewhat when he has to move laterally and block balls in the dirt. Needs to do a better job of corralling pitches in the dirt. Potential fringe-average defender.

Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.
  Career Notes: Wears the number 13 because he has undergone 13 surgeries around his right eye since childhood for a condition called congenital melanocytic nevus, essentially a birthmark surrounding his eye. Also played first base at Kentucky. Played for Yarmouth-Dennis in the Cape Cod League in 2017. In 2018, was a semi-finalist for the Dick Howser Trophy awarded to the top player in collegiate baseball. 2018 season ended due to a torn meniscus in his knee that required surgery, which also kept him out of the Fall Instructional League. Played in the Battle of the Bourbon Trail for the Lexington Leyendas in 2020 after the season was cancelled. Participated in the 2019 and 2020 Fall Instructional Leagues. Participated in 2022 Winter Warm-Up. Received a non-roster invitation to MLB spring training in 2022.

Summation: Potential organizational depth catcher with the ceiling of an emergency role player capable of playing catcher and first base. Offensive tools are ahead of defense at this point, but should be able to stick at catcher at least in a partial role. If he can make enough contact, could be able to find enough defensive versatility to be a useful organizational depth player.

Links
State of the System 2020: Catchers (4.15.2020)
Scouting Scratch: Breaking Down the Arizona Fall League Contingent (10.27.2021)
Scouting Scratch: Red Sox 2021 Rule 5 Preview (11.18.2021)
Scouting Report Update (3.12.2022)
 
   
     
    Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2016 Kentucky NCAA Col --- 19 40 90 11 25 6 0 1 15 34 6 18 0 0 0.278 0.337 0.378 0.715
  2017 Kentucky NCAA Coll --- 20 55 188 34 60 12 1 7 44 95 15 33 0 0 0.319 0.380 0.505 0.885
  2018 Kentucky NCAA Coll --- 21 56 219 54 77 12 0 19 51 146 31 49 4 1 0.352 0.438 0.667 1.105
  2018 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 31 120 9 29 8 1 3 24 48 5 27 2 1 0.242 0.279 0.400 0.679
  2018 Greenville SAL A Bos 21 1 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.000 0.250 0.000 0.250
  2019 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 76 263 42 67 2 1 6 34 108 44 78 0 0 0.255 0.377 0.411 0.787
  2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 22 11 39 5 10 4 0 2 10 20 1 11 0 1 0.256 0.262 0.513 0.775
  2020 Season Cancelled --- --- Bos 23 --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- --- ---
  2021 Greenville HAE A+ Bos 24 46 156 22 43 13 1 6 24 76 25 64 0 0 0.276 0.386 0.487 0.873
  2021 Portland DNE AA Bos 24 25 78 11 22 5 1 4 9 41 3 33 0 0 0.282 0.337 0.526 0.863
  2021 Scottsdale AFL Fall Bos 25 14 46 7 13 3 0 3 10 25 5 11 0 0 0.283 0.370 0.543 0.914
   
     
    2022 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2022 Portland East AA Bos 25     stats                            
   
     
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  2021 Arizona Fall League All-Star    2019 SoxProspects.com Pre-Season All-Star
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