Entering his first season on Terry Francona's coaching staff after spending the 2012 season as the Major League Advance Scout for the Toronto Blue Jays.
Played professionally for 12 seasons with six organizations from 2000-2011, including parts of eight seasons in the Major Leagues with five different teams from 2002-10...Made Major League debut with Toronto on Sept. 6, 2002, and was the Blue Jays' Opening Day catcher in 2004...Caught all 30 of Tim Wakefield's starts in 2008 for Boston and homered in the ALCS vs. Tampa Bay... Played in the 2002 Future's Game.
Full name KEVIN FORREST CASH...Married, Emily...Two kids, Camden and Ella...1997 graduate of Gaither High School in Tampa where he was an all-state selection...Played infield at Florida State for three years and advanced to the 1999 College World Series...Second-team All-ACC selection in 1999...Went undrafted in 1999 and played in the Cape Cod League that summer where he was team MVP and converted to catcher after volunteering for the job after injuries to the club's primary catchers...Signed by Toronto in August of 1999 after his Cape Cod catcher audition...Played in the 1989 Little League World Series as a member of Tampa Northside.
Spent the majority of the season in the majors, combining to hit .167 (19-114) with 2 homers and 5 RBI in 49 games with Houston and Boston...had 48 games/37 starts behind the plate... caught 5 of 43 (11.6%) attempted base stealers...had one pickoff...began the year at Round Rock (AAA) and was recalled by Astros on May 5...played 20 games (18 starts) for Houston before he was designated for assignment on June 22...was outrighted to Round Rock on June 23...acquired by Boston on July 1 in exchange for infielder Angel Sanchez at a time when both Victor Martinez (left thumb fracture) and Jason Varitek (right foot fracture) were on the disabled list for Red Sox...started 15 of 19 games for Red Sox from July 2-24...was on disabled list Aug. 9-23 with a left hamstring strain with rehab stints at Pawtucket (AAA) and Lowell (Short-A)...made just 2 starts for Boston the rest of the way, both on the back end of doubleheaders...in final start on Oct. 2 vs. New York-AL (Game 2), posted game-tying RBI on bases-loaded walk in the 8th inning of a 7-6, 10-inning victory that helped lead to an A.L. East crown for Tampa Bay the next day...was his first RBI since 2-RBI contest on June 13 at New York-AL while with Houston.
ON THE MOUND: Made first career major league pitching appearance on May 28 at Cincinnati, a 15-6 Astros loss...pitched bottom of the 8th at Great American Ball Park, allowing one run on 3 hits (double, 2 singles)...retired Brandon Phillips on a flyout to end the frame.
Signed by the Yankees to a minor league deal on
Jan. 14...spent Spring Training with the Major league club and hit .286 (8x28) in 15 spring games with New York...assigned to
Scranton Wilkes-Barre (AAA) to begin the season...placed on the minor league DL from April 15-May 5...reinstated from the DL
three days before his selection to the Yankees MLB roster on May 8...at the time of his selection, was hitting .500 (9x18) with
one home and six RBI in seven games...appeared in 10 games for the Yankees from May 12-27, while Jorge Posada was on the
Disabled List...hit .231 (6x26) in his time with New York, which included a three-hit game on May 25 at TEX...optioned back to
Scranton on May 29...from that point through the end of his season, hit just .120 (6x50) before being placed on the DL on June
29...finished the season on the DL and given his unconditional release on Sept. 10.
Played in a career-high 61 games with Boston, batting .225 with seven doubles, three homers and 15 RBI...appeared on
his second career Opening Day roster and made 42 starts behind the plate, including all 30 of Tim Wakefield's starts...threw
out 14-of-52 (26.9%) potential basestealers, catching just one of his first 14 (7.1%) and 13 of his final 38 (34.2%)...hit at a .375
(15x40) clip through May 11, but carried just a .179 average (19x106) over the remainder of the season...hit .361 (13x36) against
left-handed pitchers...recorded his first career pinch-hit home run on July 9 vs. MIN...entered as a defensive replacement at
third base on Sept. 13 vs. Toronto, his first career appearance there...appeared in four postseason games, making one start in
Game 4 loss of ALCS vs. Tampa Bay and going 1x3 with a solo homer.
Spent most of his first season in the Red Sox organization with Triple-A Pawtucket,
but closed the season in Boston after having his contract purchased on August 17...Got the call-up
when Doug Mirabelli was placed on the disabled list with a strained right calf...Started 8 games
for the Red Sox down the stretch, including 4 of 7 Tim Wakefield starts...Went 3-for-27 (.111)
with a double and 4 RBI in 12 big league games overall...Batted .176 with 7 homers and 25 RBI in
59 games at Pawtucket...Threw out 46% (23 of 50) of
Triple-A baserunners attempting to steal and caught
2 of 11 (18.2 %) attempted basestealers with Boston.
Spent his second season in the Devil Rays organzation, playing exclusively for Triple-A
Durham...had spent at least part of each of the previous 4 seasons in the Majors...played 50 games at catcher, but also saw action at third base (5 games), first base (2 games), left field (2 games) and pitcher (one game)...earned the win in his one game on the mound, tossing a perfect inning in Durham's 6-5, 14-inning victory on June 9 vs. Norfolk...posted a .992 fielding percentage behind the plate with 3 errors and 12 passed balls...batted .183 with 2 homers and 21 RBI in 78 games...went 3-for-4 (.750) with the bases loaded, including a grand slam on May 26 vs. Richmond...was released by the Devil Rays on Dec. 5.
Began the season on the disabled list with right shoulder tendonitis before being reinstated
on May 7 and sent to Triple-A Durham...was recalled to Tampa Bay on June 13 and homered
in his first Rays at-bat on June 15 vs. Milwaukee off Victor Santos...was the 5th Ray to accomplish
the feat, first since George Lombard on April 19, 2003 at Baltimore...appeared in 13 Major League
games (10 starts) at catcher...went 5-for-31 (.161), with 3 of the hits going for extra bases (2 homers
and a double)...took Randy Johnson deep on June 21 at New York...was the 2nd half of back-to-back home runs with Damon Hollins, the first time the Rays went back-to-back in 2005...was
optioned back to Durham on July 22...overall, hit .293 with 9 homers and 47 RBI for the Bulls.
His first full season in the major leagues...was Toronto's Opening Day receiver and regular
catcher until being sidelined from May 24-June 9 with a rib cage injury...missed 15 games...returned and spent the remainder of the season as Gregg Zaun's backup...Appeared in 60 games overall, 50 starts...while catching, Blue Jays pitchers posted a 5.08 ERA (460.1-IP)...Drove in 13 runs in 19 April games, tying Carlos Delgado for most on the club...had 8 RBI his final 41 games...Hit .266 that first month (17-64); batted .154 (18-117) the rest of the way...Through the season's first 9 games was batting .367 with a home run and 8 RBI...Went 4-for-4 with 3 doubles and a pair of RBI in a 7-5 Jays win April 13 at Detroit...Was batting .223 with 2 HR and 15 RBI in 33 games when he was shelved...After returning appeared in 27 games, .145 (10-69) with 2 HR and 6 RBI...Had an 0-for-19 skid from June 29 to July 25 matching the longest of his career...Eight of his 21 RBI came with 2 outs...THROWING OUT RUNNERS -Threw out 42.4% of attempted base stealers (14-30)...by
comparison, the major league average for 2004 was 25.5%...Rays catchers were 22-for-89 throwing out runners (24.7%)...Has gunned down 20 of 56 attempted base stealers in his major league career (35.7%)...in the
minors has thrown out 50.7% (159 of 313).
Batted .142 with one home run and eight RBI in 34 games ... Picked up an RBI in four of his first seven starts, including three straight games with an RBI, Aug. 21-22, 24 ... Aug. 13 at SEA recorded first career RBI (single) ... Sept. 9-17 was hitless in a career high 19 at bats ... Was recalled by the Blue Jays on August 11 ... Sept. 27 vs. CLE hit first ML home run off Terry Mulholland (117 at bats) ... Started 32 of the last 44 games the Blue Jays played ... Recorded five of the Blue Jays' 11 sac bunts ... Threw out five of 19 attempted base stealers (26.3%) ... While catching, Blue Jays pitchers posted a 4.18 ERA.
In the Minors: Batted .270 with eight home runs and 37 RBI in 93 games with Syracuse ... Had five hitting streaks of five or more games, including a season-high ten game streak from July 27 to August 8 where he batted .371 (13-35) with four home runs and seven RBI ... Also drew eight walks and scored ten runs during that stretch ... Ranked 15th by Baseball America in its assessment of the top catching prospects in the minor leagues ... Named to the International League Team for the Triple-A All-Star Game in Memphis ... Threw out 50 % of attempted base-stealers (34-68) with Syracuse.
Career Notes: Has thrown out six of 23 attempted base stealers at the ML level (26.0%) ... In the minors has thrown out 159 of 313 attempted base stealers (50.7%).
Hit .283 for Dunedin with team highs of 27
doubles, 12 home runs and a .453 slugging percentage...Also collected 66 RBI... His .283 average was ninth in the Blue Jays organization... Was selected as the Florida State League (A) All-Star catcher... Posted a .979 fielding percentage
and threw out 55.7% (49 of 88) of would be base
stealers... Selected to play in the FSL All-Star Game... Hit in
11 straight games from May 21 to June 2... Had a season
high four RBI on two occasions, one being June 10 when he
hit a grand slam at Brevard County against Omar Ortiz...
Also collected four RBI on July 30 vs Fort Myers... Hit .324 in
July... Against RHP posted a .254 average with nine home
runs and against LHP hit .368 with three home runs... Hit
.417 with the bases loaded with one HR and 15 RBI in 12
Spent season with Dunedin (High-A), where he was named to the Florida State League All-Star team...led team in doubles (27), homers (12) and slugging percentage (.453)...threw out 55.7% (49-of-88) of attempted basestealers.
Made his pro debut with Hagerstown and led all South Atlantic League catchers throwing out 55.2% (37 of 67) of base-stealers... Hit .245 in 59 games and led the team in home runs with 10... Hit a grand slam home run on July 12 against Delmarva... Homered in three consecutive games August 26 to 29... Hit in eight straight games from August 19 to 29 with five home runs and seven RBI... Hit .292 in August with five home runs
and eight RBI... Hit .265 against RHP with 10 home runs and .184 against LHP... Hit .291 in 31 home games and .194 on the road with seven of his ten HR's.