Padres add Kottaras, Wells to 40-man roster

Padres add Kottaras, Wells to 40-man roster

In a move first announced by MadFriars.com, the San Diego Padres purchased the contracts of catcher George Kottaras and right-handed pitcher Jared Wells on Thursday. Additionally, the club outrighted first baseman/outfielder Jon Knott from the 40-man roster.

George Kottaras, 22, batted .299 (131-for-438) with 11 home runs, 36 doubles and 65 RBIs in a combined 120 games between Class A Lake Elsinore and Double-A Mobile. Kottaras' .303 batting average (102-for-337) led the Storm and ranked 20th among California League leaders. Over parts of three Minor League seasons in the Padres organization (2003-05), Kottaras has a career batting average of .297 (223-for-751) with 25 home runs, 62 doubles and 135 RBIs in 240 games.

Jared Wells, 24, went 13-8 with a 3.69 ERA (67 earned runs in 163 1/3 innings pitched) in a combined 26 starts between Lake Elsinore and Mobile. He established career-highs in wins, innings pitched and strikeouts (102). The Padres 2005 Minor League Pitcher of the Year, Wells tied for the lead among all Padres farmhands in wins, while his 3.69 ERA ranked fourth. Originally selected in the 31st round of the 2002 First-Year Player Draft, Wells was also named the California League Pitcher of the Year for 2005. In his 19 starts with Lake Elsinore, Wells went 11-3 with a 3.44 ERA (46 earned runs in 120 1/3 innings pitched) with 80 strikeouts, including a 9-1 mark in his last 10 decisions before earning a promotion to Mobile in late July. Wells was also selected to represent the United States at the 2005 World Cup played in the Netherlands. Over parts of three Minor League seasons in the Padres organization (2003-05), Wells has a record of 25-26 with a 3.74 ERA (164 earned runs in 395 innings pitched) in 67 games (66 starts).

Jon Knott, 27, batted .250 (126-for-503) with 25 home runs, 34 doubles, 78 RBIs and 81 runs scored in 134 games with the Triple-A Portland Beavers. Over parts of four Minor League seasons in the Padres organization (2002-05), Knott has a career batting average of .284 (537-for-1889) with 90 home runs and 341 RBIs in 511 games.

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