22-Year-Old Catcher – Philadelphia Phillies
2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook
Joseph played in just 36 games last season as he struggled to come back from a concussion that he suffered in early May. He met with three specialists in the offseason and received clearance to return...
Joe Jordan, the Phillies' director of player development, said Joseph will start the 2014 season back at Double-A Reading, the Allentown Morning Call reports.
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Philadelphia Phillies Roster
MajorsAdams, Mike (P)
AAAAumont, Phillippe (P)
AAAltherr, Aaron (OF)
A+Inch, Steven (P)
ACharles, Art (1B)
RookieEncarnacion, Luis (3B)
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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks
Joseph immediately became the Phillies' top hitting prospect after his acquisition from the Giants in the Hunter Pence deal at the trade deadline. He projects as a regular at the big league level and should hit for power. He does need to make some improvements with his plate discipline, but at only 21 years old there is still time for that to happen. Look for Joseph to eventually replace Carlos Ruiz as the primary backstop in Philadelphia.
Joseph showed pop in the hitter-friendly California League in 2011, but his plate discipline still leaves plenty to be desired and the Giants have no reason to rush him with Buster Posey entrenched as their franchise catcher.