Thursday, July 22, 2010

Name To Know: Josh Thole

A 23 year old offensive minded catcher that has adequate skills behind the plate is not something you find in every organization, let alone at the MLB level. Well, the New York Mets have developed one and his name is Josh Thole. Standing 6'1" and weighing 205 lb, he's the ideal size for a backstop and should holdup over the long haul (into his early 30's). Thole made his debut last season and was called up in late June this year. In his brief MLB career he's done nothing but hit- .372/.420/.474, 5 r, 29 h, 3 2b, 1 3b, 1 hr, 15 rbi, 1 sb, and 8:8 BB:K in 32 games. He's also caught 33% of base stealers and has a CERA of 3.85.

Not impressed yet? Josh was selected in the 13th round of the 2005 draft and has worked his way up the Mets food chain ever since. In 6 minor league seasons he sports a nice slash line of .289/.376/.381 (.757 OPS). He doesn't possess much power (only 10 homeruns), but he can hit doubles (96) due to his above average speed for a catcher, and has a tremendous eye at the plate 197:190 BB:K. With Rod Barajas currently on a 1 year rental plan with the Mets and no real threat to him elsewhere in the organization, it's a safe bet to see Thole getting plenty of MLB time at and behind the plate going forward.

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