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Josh Thole

29-Year-Old Catcher – Toronto Blue Jays

2016 Stats

AVG

.111

HR

1

RBI

1

R

4

SB

0

2016 Preseason Projections

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2016 Fantasy Baseball Outlook

Thole had something of a lost season in the Blue Jays' organization thanks to injuries and an unexpected catching backlog. Thole spent 45 games playing for Triple-A Buffalo and hit for a .228/.320/.26...

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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:

Re-signed with Toronto on a one-year deal in December of 2015.

June 6, 2016  –  Josh Thole News

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Thole is hitting just .130/.216/.196 in 46 at-bats this season.

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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 57 150 133 11 33 4 4 0 0 7 0 3 14 25 3 0 0 .248 .320 .278 .598
2015 28 AAA BUF 45 170 149 12 34 5 5 0 0 17 0 0 20 20 1 0 0 .228 .320 .262 .582
2015 28 MAJ TOR 18 52 49 5 10 2 2 0 0 2 0 0 3 9 0 0 0 .204 .250 .245 .495
2016 29 MAJ TOR 26 73 63 4 7 1 0 0 1 1 0 0 8 17 2 0 0 .111 .211 .159 .370
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3-Year Averages     40 110 100 9 21 3 3 0 0 5 0 1 9 19 1 0 0 .210 .275 .240 .515
Career  (View All)     454 1,436 1,281 96 310 62 50 3 9 105 2 5 130 203 12 6 7 .242 .314 .307 .621

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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
Jun. 28 @Col Did not play.
Jun. 27 @Col Did not play.
Jun. 26 @CWS Did not play.
Jun. 25 @CWS 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .111 .211 .159 .370
Jun. 24 @CWS Did not play.
Jun. 22 Ari Did not play.
Jun. 21 Ari Did not play.
Jun. 19 @Bal Did not play.
Jun. 18 @Bal 3 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .117 .197 .167 .364
Jun. 17 @Bal 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .105 .190 .158 .348
Jun. 16 @Phi 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .105 .190 .158 .348
Jun. 15 @Phi Did not play.
Jun. 14 Phi Did not play.
Jun. 13 Phi 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .107 .194 .161 .355
Jun. 12 Bal Did not play.
Jun. 11 Bal 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .115 .207 .173 .380
Jun. 10 Bal Did not play.
Jun. 9 Bal Did not play.
Jun. 8 @Det 3 1 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 0 .120 .214 .180 .394
Jun. 7 @Det Did not play.
Jun. 6 @Det 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 .128 .212 .191 .403
Jun. 5 @Bos Did not play.
Jun. 4 @Bos Did not play.
Jun. 3 @Bos 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 .130 .216 .196 .412
Jun. 1 NYY Did not play.
May. 31 NYY Did not play.
May. 30 NYY Did not play.
May. 29 Bos 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 .143 .234 .214 .448
May. 28 Bos Did not play.
May. 27 Bos Did not play.
Last 7 Days 3 2 0 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 .000 .400 .000 .400
Last 14 Days 11 2 1 0 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0 0 .091 .231 .091 .322
Last 30 Days 23 3 1 0 0 0 0 3 5 0 0 0 0 0 .043 .154 .043 .197

Josh Thole: MLB Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2016 26
2015 18
2014 53 1
2013 39 2 1
2012 100
2011 102
2010 61
2009 16

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Josh Thole: Minor League Games Played By Position

Year C 1B 2B 3B SS OF LF CF RF DH
2015 45

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Josh Thole Split Stats    (View Full Split Stats)

Vs. Left

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016221110.045.182.374
2015122010.250.333.583
2014344000.294.294.608

Vs. Right

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016413000.146.146.369
2015373010.189.216.466
2014997070.232.273.594

Home

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016330000.121.121.268
2015205010.300.400.764
2014574050.228.263.606

Away

Year AB R HR RBI SB AVG SLG OPS
2016304110.100.200.470
2015290010.138.138.305
2014767020.263.289.589
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 150 133 9.3% 16.7% 0.56 81% .306 .030
2015 28 AAA BUF 170 149 11.8% 11.8% 1.00 87% .264 .034
2015 28 MAJ TOR 52 49 5.8% 17.3% 0.33 82% .250 .041
2016 29 MAJ TOR 73 63 11% 23.3% 0.47 73% .133 .048
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3-Year Averages     110 100 8.2% 17.3% 0.47 81% .259 .030
Career     1,436 1,281 9.1% 14.1% 0.64 84% .282 .065

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2016 Stat Review for Josh Thole    As compared to the top 200 hitters in 2015 (min 420 PA)

Contact

Good contact skills often lead to better fantasy stats.

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.111 AVG
TERRIBLE
73% Contact Rate
TERRIBLE
.133 BABIP
LOW
Power

SLG and ISO are useful indicators of power.

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.159 SLG
TERRIBLE
.048 ISO
TERRIBLE
Plate Discipline

Patience at the plate often leads to positive outcomes.

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0.47 BB/K
GOOD
11.0% BB Rate
GREAT
23.3% K Rate
POOR
OPS/OBP

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.370 OPS
TERRIBLE
.211 OBP
TERRIBLE

Toronto Blue Jays Roster

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

Despite his struggles, Thole is unlikely to be demoted as long as R.A. Dickey remains on the roster, Baseball Prospectus reports.

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After the game, Thole took responsibility for Wednesday's walk-off loss to the Orioles that ended on a passed ball in extra innings, MLB.com reports.

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Manager John Gibbons said Thole will catch most of R.A. Dickey's starts this season, CBC Sports reports.

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Thole is in the lineup against the Rays on Monday.

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Thole re-signed with the Blue Jays on a one-year, $800,000 deal Friday, Ben Nicholson-Smith of Sportsnet reports.

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Thole was not tendered a contract for the 2016 season.

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Thole was optioned to rookie-level Bluefield after Friday's game.

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Thole was recalled from Triple-A Buffalo on Sunday, Shi Davidi of Sportsnet reports.

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RotoWire's Preseason Outlooks

2016

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2015

The personal catcher for R.A. Dickey, Thole saw few opportunities when Toronto's other starters were on the mound, finishing with 150 plate appearances in 57 games. Thole has had success at the upper levels of the minor leagues, slashing .292/.365/.464 in parts of three seasons at Triple-A, but he posted just a .598 OPS with the big club in 2014, lowering his career mark at the highest level to .639. He has turned in respectable strikeout and walk rates throughout the years, and the Blue Jays exercised his option for 2015, but Thole has limited offensive upside given his relative lack of power, and he will likely be confined to primarily catching Dickey again in 2015, a role which figures to yield little-to-no fantasy value.

2014

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 skills. Given his offensive limitations, Thole will likely compete with Erik Kratz for the backup catcher job this spring. His leg up may come from having experience handling R.A. Dickey's knuckleball, a skill that proved valuable last season when the Blue Jays had trouble finding another backstop who could do the same.

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.