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In the recent MLB draft, the Red Sox selected plenty of high powered offense. The former Wildcat will provide plenty of that in Boston.
The Boston Red Sox selected C/1B Kole Cottam with their 4th round pick. The prolific hitter had a solid season at the University of Kentucky compiling a .352 average with 77 hits, 19 homeruns, and 51 RBI’s.
Cottam’s strong season garnered 1st team All-SEC honors and 2nd team All American status.
Off the field, Cottam has overcome repeatedly. The Red Sox draftee has suffered through 13 surgeries on his right eye due to a congenital melanocytic nevus. This is a rare condition that is present in 1% of infants.
We had the opportunity to catch up with the Sox 4th round pick!
Question: Pre-Draft: Who was your favorite MLB team?
KC: With my dad growing up just outside Toronto the Blue Jays have always been my favorite team growing up.
Question: What player did you idolize growing up?
KC: My favorite player was Buster Posey because of the way caught and hit at such a high level.
Question: Is there one pitcher in the big leagues that you are looking forward to facing?
KC: I think growing up and seeing the dominance of elite pitchers like Justin Verlander, it would be pretty cool to face him!
Question: Who do you model your game / approach after?
KC: I try and model my approach offensively after Evan White (former UK teammate and member of the Seattle Mariners) and my catching after Posey as well.
Question: Did you see the Red Sox as a fit before the draft? If so, why?
KC: Prior to the draft I thought the Red Sox would be a great fit because of their great player developers and their success of developing their own guys. And who wouldn’t want to play for the Red Sox! They’re such a storied franchise with a history of success.
Question: What guy are you most excited to play with in Boston? This can be a minor league, or major league level player
KC: I think I’m really excited to meet Mookie Betts. Both being guys from Tennessee, and with his success, it will be really exciting to meet him.
Question: You’ve played both catcher and pitcher at Kentucky, have the Red Sox given you any indication of which route they’d like you to pursue? If not, do you have a personal preference?
KC: I love catching and they want me to stick behind the plate as well!
The most intriguing takeaway from the interview is the fact that the Red Sox are looking to keep Kole behind the plate. The Sox catchers have struggled with offensive output over the past few years – an issue that many fans have noticed. He can very easily develop into a 20+ homerun bat.
The Red Sox have very minimal catcher depth within the organization as Roldani Baldwin is the only catcher listed within their Top 30 Prospects. Cottam figures to slide into the organization’s top 30 and has plenty of upside if his defensive ability matches his raw power.
Cottam has been assigned to the Low A, Lowell Spinners to begin his Major League career.
If you’re able to get to a Spinners’ game, be sure to head to batting practice – he can put on a show!
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