Tommy Joseph
Tommy Joseph
27-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  Foreign
Free Agent
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Tommy Joseph in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Phillies in March of 2018. Waived by the Phillies in March of 2018. Claimed off waivers by the Rangers in March of 2018.
Signs overseas
1BFree Agent  F
November 26, 2018
Joseph signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the LG Twins of the KBO on Monday, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reports.
ANALYSIS
Joseph spent most of the 2018 season with Triple-A Round Rock, hitting .284/.353/.549 with 21 homers across 84 games for the Express. Across parts of two major-league seasons -- most recently in 2017 -- Joseph compiled a .247/.297/.460 with 43 homers in 249 games.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
2018
No Stats
2017
 
 
+6%
OPS vs RHP
2016
 
 
+18%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016vs Left .781 247 34 14 33 0 .239 .308 .473
Since 2016vs Right .748 633 64 29 83 2 .250 .292 .456
2018vs Left 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018vs Right 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017vs Left .692 147 15 7 18 0 .211 .279 .414
2017vs Right .732 386 36 15 51 1 .251 .293 .439
2016vs Left .912 100 19 7 15 0 .281 .350 .562
2016vs Right .774 247 28 14 32 1 .248 .291 .482
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Since 2016
 
 
+21%
OPS at Home
2018
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2017
 
 
+33%
OPS at Home
2016
 
 
+7%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2016Home .832 424 54 22 59 1 .272 .323 .509
Since 2016Away .688 456 44 21 57 1 .223 .272 .416
2018Home 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2018Away 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2017Home .827 256 28 12 39 1 .274 .320 .506
2017Away .624 277 23 10 30 0 .209 .260 .364
2016Home .841 168 26 10 20 0 .270 .327 .513
2016Away .787 179 21 11 27 1 .245 .291 .497
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Recent RotoWire Articles Featuring Tommy Joseph
NL FAAB Factor: Waiver Pickups of the Week
September 10, 2017
Jan Levine finds the top waiver-wire options in the NL this week as the Nationals called up one of the league's best prospects in Victor Robles.
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September 2, 2017
Jan Levine finds the best waiver additions in the NL this week, but Tyler Glasnow might have to wait just a little longer for a callup.
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August 16, 2017
Christopher Olson reviews Wednesday's slate and think Marcell Ozuna should be able to continue his success against right-handed pitchers in a matchup against the vulnerable Matt Cain.
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August 13, 2017
Jan Levine scours the waiver wire for this week's pickups, including prospect Dansby Swanson, who is back up with the Braves after a short demotion.
Regan's Rumblings: Former Stars, Prospects & Sleepers
August 9, 2017
Dave Regan gets his rumblings on with an eye toward former stars, up-and-comers and sleepers than can help your fantasy squad down the stretch.
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Joseph’s rookie 2016 stint seemed to line him up for big things in 2017, but he disappointed at the plate end eventually lost out on playing time to Rhys Hoskins. Joseph's rate stats fell dramatically, and he just barely managed to exceed his homer total from the previous season despite logging nearly 200 additional plate appearances. His torrid rookie pace was bound cool, but the extent to which it did was still surprising; Joseph posted nearly the exact same batting eye weaknesses (6.2 walk rate) with less contact (12.4 swinging-strike rate, 24.2 strikeout percentage). His heavy lean on flyballs will suppress the ceiling for any help in batting average, and the 26-year-old’s 2018 role will likely be dependent on where Hoskins plays: his time in the outfield should open up at least a part-time role for Joseph, but possibly only against left-handers. At least Joseph will be in much lower demand.
Joseph was outrighted off the Phillies 40-man roster after the 2015 season, but he went unclaimed and looked to prove himself as a first baseman after years of missed at-bats in the minors due to the numerous concussions he suffered while catching. He produced immediately after a mid-May promotion to the big leagues, hitting .323 with seven home runs and a 1.010 OPS in his first 21 games while leaping Ryan Howard on the depth chart. Joseph slumped badly from mid-June into early July as pitchers adjusted to him by throwing more offspeed stuff. He adjusted back, hitting .259 with 10 home runs and an .829 OPS over 162 at-bats in the second half. Joseph walked at a 3.7 percent clip in the first half, but improved that to 8.6 percent while also cutting his strikeout rate from 24.7 percent to 18.9 percent after the All-Star break. Joseph was lethal against lefties last season, and more than held his own against righties. With Ryan Howard out of the picture, Joseph could offer 30-homer pop in his first full season as the everyday first baseman.
Joseph was once considered one of the top prospects in the Phillies' system, but that was due more to a dearth of talent than his actual potential. He has struggled with numerous injuries since he was acquired from the Giants in the Hunter Pence deal, and was limited to 27 games in 2014 due to complications from another concussion in addition a wrist injury that ultimately required season-ending surgery. It is hard to recommend him as a dynasty prospect given his inability to stay on the field, but the tools that once made him a decent prospect are still there. The Phillies will likely be happy if they can just keep Joseph on the field for a full season this year.
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 to catching. The Phillies sent him to the Dominican Winter League during the offseason to make up for some of the lost development time. Joseph saw his prospect status dim last season because of the missed time, but he was also struggling at the plate prior to the concussion. However, given the limited number of games played, his 2013 season should be considered a lost year. He still has some upside and will likely be undervalued in prospect drafts this spring, although the long-term deal given to Carlos Ruiz this winter does not bode well for Joseph's path to playing time in Philadelphia.
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.
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Outrighted to Double-A
1BTexas Rangers  F
April 2, 2018
Joseph accepted an outright assignment to Double-A Frisco on Monday.
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Weighs options after clearing waivers
1BTexas Rangers  F
March 31, 2018
Joseph cleared waivers Friday and is currently considering whether to remain in the Rangers organization, Stefan Stevenson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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Designated for assignment
1BTexas Rangers  F
March 29, 2018
Joseph was designated for assignment by the Rangers on Thursday, Evan Grant of The Dallas Morning News reports.
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Optioned to Double-A
1BTexas Rangers  F
March 23, 2018
Joseph was optioned to Double-A Frisco on Friday, Levi Weaver of The Athletic reports.
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Likely starting season in minors
1BTexas Rangers  F
March 19, 2018
Joseph isn't expected to make the Rangers' Opening Day roster, Jeff Wilson of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports.
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