NOTTINGHAM, JACOB

Position: Catcher

DOB: April 3, 1995

Height: 6’2″ / Weight: 230

Bats: Right / Throws: Right

40-man roster: No

How acquired: Trade wth A’s (February 12, 2016)

Profile: Traded to the Brewers from Oakland last February along with pitcher Bubba Derby in exchange for outfielder Khris Davis, Nottingham was originally a sixth round pick of the Houston Astros in 2013. A hulking figure behind the plate, Nottingham turned down a football scholarship to play tight end at Arizona in order to pursue a baseball career, signing with the Astros for $300,000. He appeared in 44 Gulf Coast League games for the Astros in 2013 and 48 games with Greeneville in the Appalachian League in 2014. Nottingham opened 2015 with Quad Cities in the Midwest League before earning a mid-season promotion to High-A Lancaster before being dealt to the A’s in exchange for pitcher Scott Kazmir in July. He finished out the year with Oakland’s High-A affiliate in Stockton, then was dealt to Milwaukee in the offseason and spent 2016 with Double-A Biloxi. While he struggled offensively after making the jump to Double-A, and still has plenty of work to do on his defensive game as well, Nottingham still ranks as one of the better catching prospects in the game. He’s hit for a good average through his four year minor league career and has incredible power potential though making regular contact to reach that power is still a concern.

2013: Nottingham suited up in 44 games for the Astros Gulf Coast League team after signing and contributed hitting streaks of eight and ten games in his pro debut. He finished the year with a .247 average and drove in 20 runs while collecting ten doubles, two triples and a home run.

2014: After starting the year in extended spring training, Nottingham saw action in 48 games for Greeneville, the Astros rookie affiliate in the Appalachian League, starting 45 of those behind the plate. He hit just .230 but showcased some of his impressive tools, belting five home runs while using his cannon arm to throw out 41% of opposing base stealers.

2015: Nottingham got his first taste of full-season ball in 2015, opening the season at Low-A Quad Cities and exploded onto the prospect scene with a strong first half in which he hit .326 with 18 doubles and ten home runs, earning a spot on the Midwest League All-Star team. That also landed him a promotion to High-A Lancaster where he racked up 11 more extra-base hits in 17 games before being traded to Oakland. He hit .299 in his final 43 games with the A’s California League affiliate in Stockton, finishing the year with a .316 average to go along with 33 doubles, two triples and 17 home runs.

2016: After coming over to Milwaukee in February, Nottingham was assigned to Double-A Biloxi t begin his career with the Brewers. He hit .308 in the month of May and was selected to the Southern League All-Star team but struggled to maintain that success throughout the season. In 112 games with the Shuckers, Nottingham posted a slash line of .234/.295/.347 with 11 home runs and 37 runs driven in.

MPP Pre-Season Prospect Rankings
2017 (#16)