The A’s aren’t likely going to go with a straight platoon at catcher in 2013, as they think 23-year old righty swinging Derek Norris is their possible catcher of the future. Norris played in 60 games for the A’s last year and he was 42 of 209 (.201 avg, .625 OPS) with 19 runs scored, 7 homers, 34 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. He whiffed 66 times last year for the A’s too, so he had a lot of trouble making contact, despite showing pretty good power. Norris also played in 58 games in AAA-ball for the A’s last year in which he was 59 of 218 (.271 avg, .806 OPS) with 39 runs scored, 9 homers, 38 RBIs and 5 stolen bases. Norris played in 58 games (53 starts) behind the plate for the A’s last year and he had 5 errors and 4 passed balls. Norris only threw out 6 of 40 (15%) runners trying to steal against him last year, but A’s pitchers had a 3.10 ERA with him behind the dish. 29-year old lefty swinging George Kottaras will share time with Norris behind the plate. Kottaras played in 27 games for the A’s last year and he was 18 of 85 (.212 avg, .750 OPS) with 10 runs scored, 6 homers and 19 RBIs. He played in 85 games overall last year for the Brewers and A’s in which he was 36 of 171 (.211 avg, .766 OPS) with 20 runs scored, 9 homers and 31 RBIs. He has now played in 249 games in his first five years in the majors and he is 130 of 592 (.220 avg, .732 OPS) with 75 runs scored, 24 homers, 84 RBIs and 2 stolen bases. Kottaras played in 54 games (49 starts) behind the plate for the A’s and Brewers in which he only threw out 2 of 40 (5%) base stealers last year and pitchers had a 4.50 ERA with him behind the plate.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CATCHERS IN 2013: C-