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Kyle Anthony Botha
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 5' 8", Weight 150-189 lb.
Catcher Kyle Botha has played for the South African national team at times since 2005. He went 1 for 9 with 2 walks and 7 strikeouts as a 17-year-old in the 2005 Baseball World Cup. He was 1 for 4 with a walk, run and RBI in the 2006 World Baseball Classic. He made the All-Tournament team as the top catcher in the 2006 World Junior Championship. He spent time in the MLB European Academy in 2006.
In 2008, Botha was 4 for 22 with a double, 2 walks and 7 strikeouts in the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament; opponents stole six bases in seven tries against him. He was 1 for 6 in the 2009 World Baseball Classic; his lone hit was a single off Luis Ayala. He signed with Germany's Mannheim Tornadoes for 2011. He went 2 for 4 in his debut and was 13 for 25 with 3 walks, 4 doubles and 7 RBI after six games.