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George Kottaras

30-Year-Old Catcher – Cleveland Indians

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As the backup to a healthy Salvador Perez, Kottaras saw very little work during the 2013 season. He appeared in just 46 games, saw 126 plate appearances and contributed very little, batting just .180 ...

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LEAGUE: AAA    40 MAN: NO   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 0"   WT: 202   DOB: 5/16/1983   BORN: Toronto, ON Canada   COLLEGE: Connors State (OK) JC   DRAFTED: 20th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Signed a minor league contract with the Indians in March of 2014.

March 30, 2014  –  George Kottaras News

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George Kottaras Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2004 21 A For 78 326 271 40 84 26 18 1 7 46 0 0 51 41 1 3 0 .310 .415 .461 .876
2005 22 A Lak 91 387 337 54 102 38 29 0 9 50 2 1 50 60 0 0 0 .303 .390 .469 .859
2005 22 AA MOB 29 121 101 16 29 9 7 0 2 15 0 0 19 23 0 1 0 .287 .397 .416 .813
2006 23 AA MOB 77 309 256 40 71 28 19 1 8 33 0 1 50 68 0 2 1 .277 .395 .453 .848
2006 23 AAA POR 33 133 119 14 25 13 10 1 2 17 0 0 12 30 0 1 1 .210 .286 .361 .647
2007 24 AAA PAW 87 334 294 32 71 31 22 0 9 39 1 1 32 71 2 4 2 .241 .316 .408 .724
2008 25 AAA PAW 107 462 395 63 96 40 18 0 22 65 0 0 64 110 0 2 1 .243 .348 .456 .804
2008 25 MAJ BOS 3 5 5 1 1 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 .200 .200 .400 .600
2009 26 AAA PAW 10 30 24 1 7 3 3 0 0 0 0 0 6 6 0 0 0 .292 .433 .417 .850
2009 26 MAJ BOS 45 107 93 15 22 12 11 0 1 10 0 0 11 25 0 3 0 .237 .308 .387 .696
2010 27 MAJ MIL 67 250 212 24 43 22 12 1 9 26 2 0 33 44 1 4 0 .203 .305 .396 .701
2011 28 AAA Nas 29 118 102 19 35 13 8 1 4 21 0 1 16 29 0 0 0 .343 .432 .559 .991
2011 28 MAJ MIL 49 123 111 15 28 12 6 1 5 17 0 1 10 26 1 1 0 .252 .311 .459 .770
2012 29 MAJ MIL 58 116 86 10 18 7 4 0 3 12 0 0 29 24 1 0 0 .209 .409 .360 .769
2012 29 MAJ OAK 27 93 85 10 18 9 2 1 6 19 0 0 8 24 0 0 0 .212 .280 .471 .751
2012  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ MIL/OAK 85 209 171 20 36 16 6 1 9 31 0 0 37 48 1 0 0 .211 .351 .415 .766
2013 30 MAJ KC 46 126 100 13 18 9 4 0 5 12 1 0 24 42 0 0 2 .180 .349 .370 .719
2014 31 AAA Col 7 21 19 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 9 1 0 0 .053 .100 .053 .153
3-Year Averages MAJ   60 150 127 16 27 11 5 0 6 20 0 0 23 38 0 0 0 .213 .333 .394 .727
Career  (View All) MAJ   295 820 692 88 148 72 40 3 29 96 3 1 115 187 3 8 2 .214 .324 .406 .730

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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George Kottaras Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 24 KC Did not play.
Apr. 23 KC Did not play.
Apr. 22 KC Did not play.
Apr. 21 KC Did not play.
Apr. 20 Tor Did not play.
Apr. 19 Tor Did not play.
Apr. 18 Tor Did not play.
Apr. 17 @Det Did not play.
Apr. 16 @Det Did not play.
Apr. 15 @Det Did not play.
Apr. 13 @CWS Did not play.
Apr. 12 @CWS Did not play.
Apr. 11 @CWS Did not play.
Apr. 10 @CWS Did not play.
Apr. 9 SD Did not play.
Apr. 9 SD Did not play.
Apr. 8 SD Did not play.
Apr. 8 SD Did not play.
Apr. 7 SD Did not play.
Apr. 6 Min Did not play.
Apr. 5 Min Did not play.
Apr. 4 Min Did not play.
Apr. 2 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 2 @Oak Did not play.
Apr. 1 @Oak Did not play.
Mar. 31 @Oak Did not play.
Last 7 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 14 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000
Last 30 Days 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000 .000

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George Kottaras: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2013 39
2012 54 6 1
2011 36
2010 61 2 1 1
2009 39 1 2

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George Kottaras Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013142030.143.214.614
2012262040.231.308.736
2011231110.174.304.513

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20138611591.186.395.735
2012145189270.207.434.770
201188144160.273.500.837

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20135010341.220.440.811
201279114150.228.418.795
2011507170.240.320.648

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013503280.140.300.628
20129295160.196.413.740
20116184100.262.574.871
George Kottaras Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2004 21 A For 326 271 15.6% 12.6% 1.24 85% .345 .151
2005 22 A Lak 387 337 12.9% 15.5% 0.83 82% .347 .166
2005 22 AA MOB 121 101 15.7% 19% 0.83 77% .355 .129
2006 23 AA MOB 309 256 16.2% 22% 0.74 73% .350 .176
2006 23 AAA POR 133 119 9% 22.6% 0.40 75% .264 .151
2007 24 AAA PAW 334 294 9.6% 21.3% 0.45 76% .290 .167
2008 25 AAA PAW 462 395 13.9% 23.8% 0.58 72% .281 .213
2008 25 MAJ BOS 5 5 0% 40% 0.00 60% .333 .200
2009 26 AAA PAW 30 24 20% 20% 1.00 75% .389 .125
2009 26 MAJ BOS 107 93 10.3% 23.4% 0.44 73% .313 .150
2010 27 MAJ MIL 250 212 13.2% 17.6% 0.75 79% .214 .193
2011 28 AAA Nas 118 102 13.6% 24.6% 0.55 72% .449 .216
2011 28 MAJ MIL 123 111 8.1% 21.1% 0.38 77% .288 .207
2012 29 MAJ MIL 116 86 25% 20.7% 1.21 72% .254 .151
2012 29 MAJ OAK 93 85 8.6% 25.8% 0.33 72% .218 .259
2012  (Multiple Teams) 29 MAJ MIL/OAK 209 171 17.7% 23% 0.77 72% .237 .204
2013 30 MAJ KC 126 100 19% 33.3% 0.57 58% .245 .190
2014 31 AAA Col 21 19 4.8% 42.9% 0.11 53% .100 .000
3-Year Averages MAJ   150 127 15.3% 25.3% 0.61 70% .253 .181
Career MAJ   820 692 14% 22.8% 0.61 73% .250 .192

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Best Matchups for George Kottaras (by OPS, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Mark Lowe CLE 2 2 2 2 0 0 0 1.000 4.000 5.000
Jeremy Hefner NY-N 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 2 1 1 2 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Fernando Nieve OAK 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Charlie Morton PIT 2 2 0 1 0 0 1 1.000 1.500 2.500
Allen Webster BOS 2 1 1 1 0 0 0 .500 2.000 2.500
Phil Coke DET 3 2 0 3 1 0 0 .667 1.667 2.417
Dylan Axelrod CHI-A 4 2 1 2 0 0 0 .500 1.500 2.000
Casey Coleman KC 2 2 0 0 0 0 0 1.000 1.000 2.000
Wade LeBlanc ANA 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 1.000 1.667

Worst Matchups for George Kottaras (by OPS, min 2 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Nate Jones CHI-A 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Joe Kelly STL 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Jeremy Hellickson TB 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Phil Hughes MIN 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Jason Frasor TEX 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Dan Haren LA 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Junichi Tazawa BOS 2 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Ryan Vogelsong SF 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Michael Wacha STL 2 0 0 0 0 2 1 .000 .000 .000
Randy Wolf AZ 2 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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George Kottaras: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Kottaras cleared waivers and was granted his unconditional release from the Cubs on Wednesday, Carrie Muskat of MLB.com reports.

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Kottaras homered Wednesday's loss to the Rockies in Cactus League play.

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Kottaras signed a one-year contract with the Cubs for just over $1 million Monday, the team's official site reports.

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Kottaras has been traded to the Cubs for cash considerations, CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman reports.

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Kottaras was designated for assignment Thursday, after the Royals signed left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas.

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Kottaras is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Mariners and hasn't appeared in one since Aug. 31 when he came in as a pinch-hitter. He hasn't started a game since Aug. 29.

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Kottaras is in the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

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Making his second start in four games, Kottaras went 1-for-2 with a solo home run and a pair of walks against the A's on Sunday.

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Starting his first game since June 3, Kottaras went 1-for-4 with a solo home run against the White Sox on Sunday.

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Kottaras went 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI against the Astros on Wednesday.

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Kottaras will act as the backup catcher to starter Salvador Perez to begin the season, the Kansas City Star reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

The A's dealt for Kottaras in August to strengthen their catcher position and add a left-handed bat to the lineup to share time with the right-handed Derek Norris. Kottaras did not do much in his stint with the A's, but managed to hit six homers in only 85 at-bats. With Oakland trading for John Jaso, Kottaras may spend much of the season at Triple-A. Kottaras has shown the ability to hit for power and draw walks over the course of his career, which could be enough to land him a backup job elsewhere.

2012

Kottaras hit .252/.311/.459 in a backup catcher role in 2011. He'll likely have that same role for the Brewers in 2012 and likely will work as the personal catcher for left-hander Randy Wolf after sewing up that gig last season. The limited playing time makes Kottaras a bottom-tier filler for those in very deep NL-only leagues that require two catchers.

2011

Kottaras was signed to back up Gregg Zaun in 2010, but was forced into more action when Zaun's season ended in May due to an injury. Kottaras hit .203/.305/.396 in 2010, showing good patience and power, but was not good defensively behind the plate. He'll try to win a backup catching spot in spring training, but the more defensively sound Wil Nieves seems like the better bet to work as the No. 2 backstop behind Jonathan Lucroy.

2010

Kottaras served as Boston's backup catcher until the club acquired Victor Martinez at the trade deadline, dropping him to third string. The Red Sox released him after the season and he hooked on with Milwaukee. The Brewers also added Gregg Zaun, presumably to start, after choosing not to offer arbitration to Jason Kendall. Kottaras, who has some pop from the left side of the plate, will serve as Zaun's backup until prospects Jonathan Lucroy or Angel Salome are ready for the big leagues.

2009

Kottaras belted a career-high 22 homers for Triple-A Pawtucket, showing he has a bat, but his defensive skills are lagging. Even with so much uncertainty surrounding Boston's catching situation, Kottaras still is not viewed as an option. He's out of options and will need to clear waivers for the organization to get him back to Pawtucket. He tops out as a backup major league catcher, but the defense will limit his opportunities.

2008

Kottaras did little to distinguish himself for Triple-A Pawtucket in 2007, but enters the 2008 season with a real chance of being Boston's backup catcher. He's not the best catching prospect in the organization, but he's the closest to the majors in the system. His experience at catching a knuckler helps if Tim Wakefield remains in the starting rotation.

2007

Kottaras was the booty the Red Sox scored from San Diego in the David Wells deal. The Padres' No. 2 prospect rated by Baseball America began the season at Double-A Mobile and was promoted to Triple-A Portland in the PCL, where he struggled at the plate. It wasn’t surprising, since the catcher had to focus on learning a new group of pitchers. He's got some pop and excellent plate discipline, though you wouldn't be able to tell that from his stint in Portland. For Boston, an organization bereft of catching prospects, Kottaras will probably begin the season at Triple-A Pawtucket. He's got experience catching a knuckler (Steve Sparks), so he could be an option to back up Jason Varitek at the major league level and catch Tim Wakefield if need be.

2006

Kottaras did well in his first Double-A exposure, solidifying his status as one of the top catching prospects around. He drew strong words of praise from the Padres brass during spring training, including favorable comparisons to Jason Kendall. Expect to see Kottaras in the majors late in 2006.

2005

A 20th round pick in 2002, the young Canadian has a long ways to go, not playing much in the way of serious ball before going to junior college He's considered a serious defensive catching prospect and managed to post a solid .310/.415/.461 performance in low Single-A last season. The organization has some quality defensive receivers already and his bat may get him some attention if it continues to develop at high Single-A Lake Elsinore in 2005