Casey Kotchman, 1b, Omaha Royals

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Kotchman was a First Round pick of the Angels back in 2001. He was a very well thought of prospect as he moved through the system, ranking as the Angels’ top prospect by Baseball America in 2002, 2004 and 2005, and was at one point ranked as high as #6 in all of baseball (2004). His mix of good hitting and top notch defense made him a very exciting prospect.

14 years later, he has had a generally underwhelming career. His best season was with the Rays in 2011, when he slashed .306/.378/.422 with 10 HR and an OPS+ of 127.

His last full season in the majors was with Cleveland in 2012, when he got 463 at bats, hitting .229/.280/.333.

I was in Cleveland and saw him play in person.  He was probably the least enthusiastic player I have ever seen play a position in the field.  His play really reflected the 2012 team as a whole.  It was pretty depressing.

Year Age Tm Lg G AB HR RBI BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS OPS+
2001 18 ANA-min Rk 11 37 1 12 5 2 .541 .581 .730 1.311
2002 19 ANA-min A 81 288 5 50 48 37 .281 .390 .444 .835
2003 20 ANA-min A+,Rk,Fal 64 233 10 34 32 19 .348 .434 .532 .966
2004 21 ANA-min AAA,AA 77 313 8 56 24 32 .371 .429 .553 .981
2004 21 ANA AL 38 116 0 15 7 11 .224 .289 .276 .565 51
2005 22 LAA-min AAA 93 360 10 56 43 40 .286 .370 .439 .809
2005 22 LAA AL 47 126 7 22 15 18 .278 .352 .484 .836 122
2006 23 LAA AL 29 79 1 6 7 13 .152 .221 .215 .436 14
2007 24 LAA AL 137 443 11 68 53 43 .296 .372 .467 .840 119
2008 25 TOT MLB 143 525 14 74 36 39 .272 .328 .410 .738 94
2008 25 LAA AL 100 373 12 54 18 23 .287 .327 .448 .774 102
2008 25 ATL NL 43 152 2 20 18 16 .237 .331 .316 .647 73
2009 26 TOT MLB 126 385 7 48 39 42 .268 .339 .382 .721 90
2009 26 ATL NL 87 298 6 41 32 28 .282 .354 .409 .764 102
2009 26 BOS AL 39 87 1 7 7 14 .218 .284 .287 .572 48
2010 27 SEA AL 125 414 9 51 35 57 .217 .280 .336 .616 73
2011 28 TBR AL 146 500 10 48 48 66 .306 .378 .422 .800 127
2012 29 CLE AL 142 463 12 55 26 49 .229 .280 .333 .612 72
2013 30 MIA NL 6 20 0 1 1 1 .000 .048 .000 .048 -85
2015 32 KCR-min AAA 90 317 7 44 39 32 .290 .374 .426 .800
2016 33 Proj. MLB 181 5 21 15 40 .238 .302 .376 .677
10 Yrs 939 3071 71 388 267 339 .260 .326 .385 .711 93
162 Game Avg. 162 530 12 67 46 58 .260 .326 .385 .711 93
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 11/28/2015.
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