Kole Cottam Salem Red Sox Catcher

       
 
Age: 22
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: COTT-um
First Pro Contract: June 14, 2018 (BOS)
Signing Scout: John Pyle
Signing Bonus: $125,000
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
MLFA Eligible: November 2024
   
Pro Debut: June 17, 2018 (Lowell)
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut: -
Service Time (1/19): 0 days
Options Remaining: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2019): 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 getting 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 offspeed pitches at times and will extend zone. Potential below-average hit tool.

Power: Above-average raw power. Will show all-fields power in batting practice.

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

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.
  Run: Well below-average speed. Not a part of his game.

Career Notes:
2018 season ended due to a torn meniscus in his knee that required surgery, which also kept him out of the Fall Instructional League. Also played first base at Kentucky. Was a semi-finalist for the 2018 Dick Howser Trophy awarded to the top player in collegiate baseball. 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.

Summation: Potential up-and-down utility player capable of playing catcher and first base. Ceiling of an offensive-minded catcher. Offensive tools are ahead of defense at this point, but should be able to stick at catcher for the foreseeable future.


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    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 Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
2019 Greenville SAL A Bos 22 76 263 42 67 21 1 6 34 108 44 78 0 0 0.255 0.377 0.411 0.787
2019 Salem Car A+ Bos 22     stats                            
   
     
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