KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- Catcher George Kottaras laughs at the suggestion he might be a bit of a hero to the sabermetrics crowd.
"I don't know that I'm anyone's hero, but I'll take it," Kottaras says, smiling in front of his Royals' locker.
But in all seriousness, Kottaras is grateful that his work is recognized and appreciated, namely his ability to draw walks. That talent, as every Royals fan knows, is not exactly rampant in the Kansas City organization.
"I've always been pretty patient," he says. "Sometimes I get a little overaggressive. But most of the time I try to stay in the mind-set to just take what you can get. I understand what I can and can't do and try to stick within that."
Despite playing in only 28 games this year, Kottaras is sixth on the team in walks with 15 in just 71 plate appearances. That's more walks than Alcides Escobar, who has just 14 in 389 plate appearances, or Salvador Perez, who has just 12 in 307 plate appearances, or even David Lough, who has just fo...