BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - Ever since the Brewers acquired Jacob Nottingham from the Astros last year, many pegged him as the "catcher of the future" for Milwaukee. About a year later, he may just be settling into that role, as the franchise named him Brewers Minor League Player of the Month for June.
"It's awesome," Nottingham said. "To be able to have a good month and be recognized by the organization, I'm very thankful and blessed."
Nottingham hit .317 with 11 RBI last month, but it's his play behind the plate that's turning heads. The 6'2, 230 pound catcher posted a .996 fielding percentage, and lead the Southern league in throwing out opposing base stealers. Despite all the successes, Nottingham refuses to accept the praise.
"Obviously a lot of credit goes to the pitchers," Nottingham said. "They've been great this year, whether it's executing pitches or holding runners on to give us a chance behind the plate to throw them out, so I think the biggest thing is giving credit to them."
Still only 22 years young, the former sixth round draft pick finds the more reps he gets behind the plate, the more comfortable he feels - to an extent.
"You're always learning," Nottingham said. "You never actually get comfortable because you never know what could happen. You never know if that pitcher's on that day or not. So I mean, if they're rolling, that just makes our job easier."
Don't let his calm demeanor fool you, this award means a lot to Nottingham, and he plans to use it as motivation moving forward.
"Obviously you want to just keep it going," Nottingham said. "Maybe try to get another player of the month and just keep going. It's nothing you can really explain, just go out there and do your job."