The Giants released catcher Jacob Nottingham from their Triple-A affiliate in Sacramento, per the league transaction log. Nottingham’s departure from the organization dovetails with the Giants’ recent signing of fellow catcher Jakson Reetz to a minor league deal.
Nottingham, 28, posted a .262/.360/.415 batting line in 75 plate appearances for Sacramento. He’d opened the year with the Mariners organization but struggled to a .200/.294/.450 slash in 68 plate appearances with their top affiliate. Overall, the well-traveled backstop/first baseman is batting .232/.329/.432 in 143 Triple-A plate appearances this season. Those numbers are nearly identical to his career line in 1025 plate appearances at the Triple-A level.
Nottingham hasn’t seen big league action since 2021, when he was hot-potato’ed between the Brewers and Mariners several times throughout the season’s first couple months. The right-handed-hitting slugger has displayed promising power in the Majors, clubbing eight homers and connecting on three doubles in just 130 plate appearances, but he’s also fanned in 38.5% of his plate appearances at the big league level. Overall, he’s a .184/.277/.421 hitter in the Majors.
Defensively, Nottingham has a 31% caught-stealing rate in the minors, although he’s just 4-for-30 so far in 2023 (13%). He’s long drawn positive scouting grades for his big arm behind the dish, though the other aspects of his defense (blocking, receiving, framing) were typically considered to be a work in progress. In Baseball America’s 2019 scouting report on Nottingham, they noted that he’d improved his glovework to at least be passable in those areas.
Nottingham will head back to the market in search of a third organization this season. Teams are regularly in search of catching help, and Nottingham has more than 600 professional innings at first base as well, which could add to his appeal back in free agency.