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Josh Thole

27-Year-Old Catcher – Toronto Blue Jays

2014 Stats

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.375

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0

RBI

1

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0

SB

0

2014 RotoWire Projections

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2014 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Thole mashed at Triple-A Buffalo in 2013 but put together a meager .175/.256/.242 slash line in 45 games for the Blue Jays. He offers very little power, instead boasting decent contact and on-base ski...

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LEAGUE: Majors   40 MAN: YES   BATS: L   THROWS: R   HT: 6' 1"   WT: 205   DOB: 10/28/1986   BORN: Breese, IL   COLLEGE: None   DRAFTED: 13th Rd    Show ContractHide Contract

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Josh Thole Contract Information:

Signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Blue Jays in January of 2013. It includes a club option for 2015.

March 31, 2014  –  Josh Thole News

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Josh Thole Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm G PA AB R H XBH 2B 3B HR RBI SB CS BB SO SH SF HBP AVG OBP SLG OPS
2007 20 A Sav 117 450 389 46 104 17 17 0 0 36 4 4 61 57 0 0 0 .267 .372 .311 .683
2008 21 A St. 111 398 347 49 104 32 25 2 5 56 2 1 45 38 1 5 0 .300 .382 .427 .809
2009 22 AA BIN 102 437 380 48 124 32 29 2 1 45 8 4 41 33 1 9 6 .326 .392 .421 .813
2009 22 MAJ NYM 17 59 53 2 17 3 2 1 0 9 1 0 4 5 0 2 0 .321 .356 .396 .752
2010 23 AAA Buf 48 191 165 20 44 22 19 1 2 17 0 0 22 25 1 2 1 .267 .353 .430 .783
2010 23 MAJ NYM 73 227 202 17 56 11 7 1 3 17 1 0 24 25 0 0 1 .277 .357 .366 .723
2011 24 MAJ NYM 114 386 340 22 91 20 17 0 3 40 0 2 38 47 1 3 4 .268 .345 .344 .689
2012 25 AAA Buf 2 5 5 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .200 .200 .200 .400
2012 25 MAJ NYM 104 354 321 24 75 16 15 0 1 21 0 0 27 50 4 1 1 .234 .294 .290 .584
2013 26 AAA Buf 41 167 149 18 48 13 5 1 7 31 0 1 14 25 0 2 2 .322 .383 .510 .893
2013 26 MAJ TOR 45 135 120 11 21 5 3 1 1 8 0 0 12 25 2 0 1 .175 .256 .242 .498
2014 27 MAJ TOR 4 8 8 0 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .375 .375 .750
3-Year Averages MAJ   87 290 260 19 62 12 11 0 1 23 0 0 25 40 2 1 2 .238 .309 .292 .601
Career  (View All) MAJ   357 1169 1044 76 263 55 44 3 8 96 2 3 105 152 7 6 7 .252 .323 .323 .646

Age is determined on July 1st of each season.       Jump To:     ▼ Advanced Stats      ▼ Batter vs. Pitcher Stats     ▼ Games By Position

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Josh Thole Game Log    (View Full Game Log)
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DATE OPP AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB CS HBP SF E AVG OBP SLG OPS
Apr. 15 @Min 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .375 .375 .375 .750
Apr. 13 @Bal Did not play.
Apr. 12 @Bal Did not play.
Apr. 11 @Bal Did not play.
Apr. 10 Hou 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Apr. 9 Hou Did not play.
Apr. 8 Hou Did not play.
Apr. 6 NYY Did not play.
Apr. 5 NYY 2 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Apr. 4 NYY Did not play.
Apr. 3 @TB Did not play.
Apr. 2 @TB Did not play.
Apr. 1 @TB Did not play.
Mar. 31 @TB 2 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .500 .500 .500 1.000
Last 7 Days 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .250 .250 .250 .500
Last 14 Days 8 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .375 .375 .375 .750
Last 30 Days 8 0 3 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 .375 .375 .375 .750

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Josh Thole: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2014 3 1
2013 39 2 1
2012 100
2011 102
2010 61
2009 16

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Josh Thole Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013221000.182.227.477
2012767170.211.303.562
2011363040.167.222.525

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
20139810180.173.245.502
2012245170140.241.286.591
2011304193360.280.359.709

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013564030.143.161.433
201214912080.255.295.623
2011166111170.283.367.699

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2013647150.203.313.551
2012172121130.215.285.550
2011174112230.253.322.680
Josh Thole Advanced Stats
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Year Age Lg Tm PA AB Walk Rate Strikeout Rate BB/K Ratio Contact Rate BABIP Isolated Power
2007 20 A Sav 450 389 13.6% 12.7% 1.07 85% .313 .044
2008 21 A St. 398 347 11.3% 9.5% 1.18 89% .326 .127
2009 22 AA BIN 437 380 9.4% 7.6% 1.24 91% .355 .095
2009 22 MAJ NYM 59 53 6.8% 8.5% 0.80 91% .354 .075
2010 23 AAA Buf 191 165 11.5% 13.1% 0.88 85% .304 .163
2010 23 MAJ NYM 227 202 10.6% 11% 0.96 88% .305 .089
2011 24 MAJ NYM 386 340 9.8% 12.2% 0.81 86% .303 .076
2012 25 AAA Buf 5 5 0% 0% 0.00 100% .200 .000
2012 25 MAJ NYM 354 321 7.6% 14.1% 0.54 84% .274 .056
2013 26 AAA Buf 167 149 8.4% 15% 0.56 83% .350 .188
2013 26 MAJ TOR 135 120 8.9% 18.5% 0.48 79% .213 .067
2014 27 MAJ TOR 8 8 0% 0% 0.00 100% .375 .000
3-Year Averages MAJ   290 260 8.6% 13.8% 0.63 85% .279 .054
Career MAJ   1169 1044 9% 13% 0.69 85% .288 .071

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2014 Stat Review for Josh Thole    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2013 (min 400 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.375 AVG
ELITE
100% Contact Rate
ELITE
.375 BABIP
HIGH
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.375 SLG
WEAK
.000 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.00 BB/K
TERRIBLE
0.0% BB Rate
TERRIBLE
0.0% K Rate
ELITE
OPS/OBP

A couple of useful stats for evaluating a hitter.

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.750 OPS
AVERAGE
.375 OBP
ELITE

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Career Batter vs. Pitcher Stats    (View All Matchup Data)

Best Matchups for Josh Thole (by OPS, min 3 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
Yunesky Maya ATL 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 1.000 1.750
Aaron Harang ATL 12 8 1 5 0 1 1 .667 1.083 1.750
Daniel McCutchen TEX 3 2 0 2 0 0 0 .667 1.000 1.667
Wesley Wright CHI-N 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 1.000 1.667
Tyler Clippard WAS 7 3 1 2 0 1 0 .429 1.000 1.429
Joel Peralta TB 4 2 0 0 1 1 0 .500 .750 1.350
Johnny Cueto CIN 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.333
Jamey Wright LA 3 2 0 0 0 1 1 .667 .667 1.333
Julio Teheran ATL 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 .667 .667 1.333
Juan Oviedo TB 5 3 0 2 0 1 0 .600 .600 1.200

Worst Matchups for Josh Thole (by OPS, min 3 AB)

Batter Team AB H HR RBI BB K SB AVG SLG OPS
A.J. Burnett PHI 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
John Lannan NY-N 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Felix Hernandez SEA 3 0 0 0 0 1 1 .000 .000 .000
Roberto Hernandez PHI 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000
Dan Hudson AZ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Hisashi Iwakuma SEA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Randy Wolf AZ 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Kevin Slowey MIA 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .000 .000
Carlos Marmol MIA 3 0 0 0 0 2 0 .000 .000 .000
Wade Miley AZ 3 0 0 0 0 1 0 .000 .000 .000

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Josh Thole: Past News Updates   ( ▲ View most recent update )

Thole had a nice day at the plate Wednesday, going 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI.

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Thole started behind the dish and went 1-for-3 with a run in Thursday's loss to the Indians.

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Thole was recalled by the Blue Jays on Friday, Barry Davis of Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Thole was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Andy Martino of the New York Daily News reports.

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Thole is not expected to be named the Blue Jays' backup catcher, the National Post reports, meaning he'd be destined to start the season in Triple-A Buffalo.

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Thole signed a two-year, $2.5 million contract with the Blue Jays on Friday, MLB.com reports. It includes a club option for 2015.

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Thole will compete with Henry Blanco for the backup catcher's job, but GM Alex Anthopoulos wants Thole to begin the year with Triple-A Buffalo, Sportsnet.ca reports.

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Thole is expected to continue to act as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher next season, the Toronto Star reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2014

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2013

The Mets were counting on Thole to handle a larger role last season, but injuries held him to 104 games and the offensive output across the board was down. Included in the trade that sent R.A. Dickey to the Blue Jays, Thole figures to serve as the backup to J.P. Arencibia in Toronto. Ultimately, it is a role that probably fits his skill set better, but Thole will likely be limited to a couple of starts per week now that he is no longer with the Mets.

2012

Thole struggled the first two months of the season, bottoming out at .207 on May 25. That poor start came as a result of him altering his style to generate more power, by no longer choking up on the bat and swinging for the fences. In addition, he made several defensive adjustments that backfired. In late May, Thole went back to his old style and once again became what he is, an excellent contact hitter with minimal power, and a decent defender. With Ronny Paulino gone and Mike Nickeas as the backup, Thole should catch somewhere between 120-130 games.

2011

Thole continued his rapid rise through the Mets' system, building off his solid 2009 season to have another fine year at Triple-A Buffalo. Thole was promoted in late June, and after sharing time with Rod Barajas, he took over as the starter behind the plate in August. Manager Terry Collins indicated that Thole will get a shot to be the everyday catcher, highlighting Thole's defensive improvement in terms of calling pitches and throwing from behind the plate. Thole won't hit for power but should provide solid batting and on-base averages. He could lose some time against left-handed starters and will need to hold off Ronny Paulino to be the team's main catcher.

2010

Thole, who moved to catcher full-time in 2008, had a breakout season at High-A St. Lucie that season followed by a superb showing in the Arizona Fall League. He continued to surprise, batting .326 with a .392 OBP at Double-A Binghamton to earn a September call-up, where he hit .321 in 53 at-bats. Thole needs to work on the mental game of catching along with his throwing, and the signings of Henry Blanco and Chris Coste mean that Thole will likely start 2010 at Triple-A Buffalo. If he continues to progress, Thole could be the Mets' starting catcher in 2011 or 2012.