Top 5 Padres Prospects by Position: Catchers

Everyone knows about Kottaras

The Padres have an abundance of catchers in their system and the depth runs at least seven deep. With only six affiliates, playing time during the year may dictate the future pace. It was no surprise that Billy Killian was sent to Texas – and future deals may tap into catching prospects.

7. Jose Lobaton

An intriguing backstop that is refined behind the plate. He has good mechanics and a cannon arm. His hitting is below where others on this list are. He does generate some power from a slight frame and is not afraid to work the count.

6. Luany Sanchez

Catchers with the ability to hit are rare – unless you are in the Padres' organization. Sanchez is a free swinger that should begin turning his doubles into homers as he matures. Stole playing time from traded prospect Billy Killian and for good reason – he also tossed out 30 percent of the runners attempting to steal.

5. Matt Lauderdale

Really came out of his shell with regular playing time. Has pop in his bat and does the little things right. Is a little swifter than anyone else on this list but his work behind the plate needs refinement.

4. Luke Carlin

The most underrated prospect in the organization is great defensively and calls a mean game. He is major league ready on the defensive side with a cannon arm and simple, repeatable mechanics, but needs some help with the stick. Won't hit for power and profiles as a Brad Ausmus type.

3. Colt Morton

A resurgent year put him back on the map and put excitement back in the Padres view of him. He has more power than anyone on the list and has the respect of his pitching staff for the game he calls. Footwork behind the plate needs to be more consistent.

2. Nick Hundley

The Padres selected from strength in the draft and got another backstop that has a great eye at the plate. He won't hit for the same average as Kottaras but will have more power. He has a good arm behind the plate and widened his stance to pick up some of the balls that were getting by him in 2005.

1. George Kottaras

An advanced hitter at the dish that has gap power. He hits for average and has worked hard on the defensive side of his game. His biggest deficiency is with baserunners stealing bags off him. He has been earmarked as a cornerstone of the Padres in the future with the pressure not affecting him.

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