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flash
05-25-2009, 11:06 PM
Hitting over .300 at catcher with the Dragons. Anyone know anything about him. I think he is 21.

Topcat
05-26-2009, 04:43 AM
Hitting over .300 at catcher with the Dragons. Anyone know anything about him. I think he is 21.

Even less that you :confused:, hope someone *cough* Dirt give us the scoop.

redsmetz
05-26-2009, 05:32 AM
From a May 10th DDN article:


Coddington beats the odds again for Dragons

Lightly regarded catcher drives in the winning runs in Dayton’s 7-5 victory.

By Marc Katz
Staff Writer 12:50 AM Sunday, May 10, 2009

DAYTON — You don’t get many big-time players out of the 44th round of baseball’s annual first-year player draft.

You get afterthoughts and the children of the friends of someone in the front office, players with little chance to advance to the majors, given $1,000 or $2,000 bonuses and a ticket to dream away the summer.

And sometimes you get Kevin Coddington.

Saturday night, May 9, Coddington’s double to deep center drove in three of Dayton’s four runs in the seventh inning as the Dragons came from behind to beat Kane County 7-5 at Fifth Third Field.

Dayton, struggling to win any game in the Class A Midwest League, held a 3-1 lead behind starter Curtis Partch in the sixth, but Dusty Coleman cranked a two-out, two-run homer, then the Cougars tacked on two more runs in the seventh, partially because Coddington provided an extra baserunner with catcher’s interference.

In the bottom of the inning, he more than made up for the goof as Coddington raised his season’s batting average to .359 with his second hit of the night.

Coddington was supposed to be a backup on this team, a guy who made the club because of his defense, but with little prior history of being an offensive threat.

“I had one scout in spring training tell me he had the best arm he’d seen in all the camps,” Dragons manager Todd Benzinger said. “Yet he wasn’t supposed to make this team.”

Coddington, from West Linn, Oregon, wanted to play at either of his home state’s two Pac-10 schools, but neither Oregon nor Oregon State wanted him. He went to junior college, then to Illinois-Chicago in the Horizon League for one year after which he was drafted and opted to turn pro.

Last year, Coddington hit a combined .277 at two rookie levels, but with little power — no homers and seven RBIs in 112 at-bats. He went to spring training hoping to make the Dragons, which he did, along with Jordan Wideman — another defensive specialist who is now on the disabled list.

“He’s a great catcher,” Benzinger said of Coddington. “He’s got a great arm, and he’s serious about baseball. He’s got good makeup.”

He can hit a little bit, too.

redsmetz
05-26-2009, 05:34 AM
And this little "Meet the Dragons" piece:


Meet the Dragons

Kevin Coddington, c, 6-foot-4, 205 pounds, 21 years old from West Linn, Ore.

Claim to fame: Played against Wright State in the Horizon League while catching for the University of Illinois-Chicago in 2008, the year he was drafted in the 44th round by the Cincinnati Reds. UIC won the regular-season and league tournament championship, and Coddington made All-Tourney.

History: Played with the Gulf Coast League Reds (.275) and Billings (.300) rookie-level teams last season.

Quote: “It’s still a long season. I’m happy for the most part with what I’m doing at the plate, but I don’t think you want to be in a situation where you’re surprised at success.”

Weather: “I haven’t been too disappointed in the weather. It rains a lot in Oregon. In Chicago, it was brutal. There was always snow on the side when we played.”

Favorite food: “That’s a good question. Chicken. I like chicken. Oh, and I don’t eat cherries.”

Other sports: “I played football in high school. Quarterback. It helps playing two sports. There are things you can learn from your time off. Throwing for a quarterback and catcher are pretty similar.”

icehole3
05-26-2009, 07:07 AM
Hitting over .300 at catcher with the Dragons. Anyone know anything about him. I think he is 21.

I had the Fox Sports channels and caught a Illinois-Chicago game, he was their team leader was batting 3rd that game, biggest catcher Ive ever seen, reminded me of Hunter Pence, not as fast but the same lanky smack the ball all over type of guy, by the end of the game his jersey was torn and dirty.

HokieRed
05-26-2009, 08:30 AM
Reds had a catcher this size from 1961-67, Johnny Edwards, 6'4" 220

dougdirt
05-26-2009, 09:56 AM
Not much power to speak of, but a solid plate approach. Being a catcher, he has a chance, but you would like to see some more power out of him. Right now he is hitting a weak .296 (with a .342 OBP and a sub .400 SLG). He has a good arm though. I could see him taking the Ryan Hanigan plan to the majors.

Kingspoint
05-27-2009, 06:02 PM
From a May 10th DDN article:
Coddington, from West Linn, Oregon, wanted to play at either of his home state’s two Pac-10 schools, but neither Oregon nor Oregon State wanted him. He went to junior college, then to Illinois-Chicago in the Horizon League for one year after which he was drafted and opted to turn pro.



Oregon never had a baseball team at the time, so it was only Oregon State who didn't want him. Not that they've done poorly without him as they attempt to get to their 4th College World Series in 5 years and claim their 3rd College World Series Title in 4 seasons beginning Friday against Texas A&M in the Texas Regional. The Catcher they had (that led them to 3 World Series appearances and two Titles) was taken in the supplemental 1st Round by the Padres after we took Mesoraco in 2007. He's now at AA San Antonio batting .277 with a .367 OBP, but what he said he's learning the most at the AA level is all that there is to learn defensively and about calling games. That's interesting because he (Mitch Canham, 6'2", 215#) was one of only a handful of College Catchers that called his own games as Pat Casey trusted him to do so. Maybe that's something that Pat Casey and his scouts didn't see in Coddington, as they certainly got an up close look at him while he was at West Linn. I wonder if he's the reason why Mesoraco got pushed up to Sarasota instead of staying in Dayton this season. I doubt very much if Mesoraco's going to earn a promotion out of Sarasota after this season, so Coddington will probably spend next season at Dayton, too. That's fine. Canham also isn't hitting for power, but his AA Manager says that's not what AA is all about for Catchers....it's where they learn their final defensive skills and see if they can handle it. If they can't handle it defensively at AA, then the organization knows that they need to switch positions. This, too could be the reason why Mesoraco is at Sarasota this season. They certainly love Mesoraco as a hitter, but after next season, they'll know if they need to move him from the Catcher position. Maybe they'll know that after this season, though they'd probably take one more season in 2010 to be sure with a 1st Round pick coming out of High School, though he was a year older than his High School counterparts.

Coddington's hitting .206 his last 10 games, Canham .343, and Mesoraco .226.

I'm totally forgetting that Saratoga isn't AA. Chattanooga...Saratoga....I'm still not used to thinking of Carolina as our AA affiliate. That changes what I wrote as Carolina will be the level where they decide whether Mesoraco can handle catching defensively at the Major League level, so there's at least two years left before that decision is made.