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Catcher of the Future?

From the Globe (and I'm sure most of you have read this already...)

"The yin: One scout who watched Sox righthander Clay Buchholz take a no-hitter into the seventh for Portland last Monday said, "He's got a great pitcher's body. Tall, lanky, strong. He has that sharp 12-6 curveball, a slider, and he throws that fastball 95-96 with movement. Tremendous performance. It shouldn't take this kid long to be up in Boston." The yang: You want to give the guy the benefit of the doubt because he works hard and has the potential to be a good hitter, but right now George Kottaras (.197 through Thursday) looks far from being Boston's catcher of the future. One former catcher who watched him the other night in Pawtucket said he had "serious mechanical flaws." Kottaras worked with Sox bullpen coach Gary Tuck in spring training but may need a remedial course. Through Thursday, Kottaras was 1 for 29 throwing out runners. He also had four passed balls and two errors. In Jon Lester's start Wednesday night, Kottaras had four bases stolen against him and never threw the ball."

Hooray for Buchholz - I like that kid. But now I'm really worried about Kottaras, and our lack of catching depth in general. It sounds like he's really lost on defense, and this is carrying over to his offense. I know he was working on a lot of new things defensively this offseason, and sometimes you have to take a step back to go forward, but he really just sounds terrible. This is a big concern going forward, because Tek can't play four out of five games for much longer. I would think that in "the natural order of things" the Sox will need to start breaking in a new catcher next season - but who? Other than Salty, I can't think of any "expendable" high ceiling catchers, and Salty might cost us Ellsbury.

I'm lacking optimism on the catching front. Anyone out there have any good ideas?

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