Caleb Joseph
Caleb Joseph
32-Year-Old CatcherC
Arizona Diamondbacks
2019 Fantasy Outlook
Joseph began 2018 sharing time behind the plate with Chance Sisco. The previous season, Joseph recorded a career-best .700 OPS, so there was hope he'd serve as a bridge until Sisco was ready for bell-cow duties. However, a .528 OPS prompted Baltimore to send him to Triple-A Norfolk in mid-May. Joseph was recalled a month later and spent the rest of the season with the Orioles, posting a slightly improved but still poor .591 OPS in that span. Baltimore opted to let the 32-year-old Joseph go after the season. The career backup should find a place to latch on as his defense is still above average, especially his throwing arm. Even in today's landscape replete with a horrible fantasy catching pool, it's hard to envision Joseph being relevant, even in the deepest of formats. Read Past Outlooks
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$Signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Diamondbacks in February of 2019.
Reaches deal with Arizona
CArizona Diamondbacks
February 13, 2019
Joseph signed a one-year, $1.1 million contract with the Diamondbacks on Wednesday, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
Joseph will join a crowded Arizona catcher picture that already includes offseason pickup Carson Kelly and holdovers Alex Avila and John Ryan Murphy. It's likely that the Diamondbacks will only carry three backstops into Opening Day, so Joseph won't be guaranteed a spot with the big club out of camp despite possessing a 40-man roster spot.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .556 193 18 3 15 0 .203 .249 .308
Since 2016vs Right .604 494 48 8 30 2 .232 .263 .341
2018vs Left .540 90 8 0 6 0 .214 .267 .274
2018vs Right .591 190 20 3 11 2 .221 .249 .343
2017vs Left .787 66 8 3 9 0 .258 .303 .484
2017vs Right .672 200 23 5 19 0 .255 .281 .391
2016vs Left .191 37 2 0 0 0 .083 .108 .083
2016vs Right .494 104 5 0 0 0 .208 .255 .240
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Since 2016Home .632 328 35 4 17 1 .247 .288 .344
Since 2016Away .553 359 31 7 28 1 .204 .232 .321
2018Home .664 138 17 1 10 1 .256 .299 .364
2018Away .491 142 11 2 7 1 .184 .211 .279
2017Home .693 124 15 3 7 0 .269 .298 .395
2017Away .706 142 16 5 21 0 .244 .277 .430
2016Home .446 66 3 0 0 0 .183 .246 .200
2016Away .384 75 4 0 0 0 .167 .189 .194
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Baltimore's longtime backup catcher is set to reprise his role once again in 2018 after a successful bounce-back campaign in 2017. Joseph, who went without a single RBI in 2016, drove in 28 runs and chipped in 23 extra-base hits across 89 games as the reserve catcher behind Welington Castillo. Now that Castillo is no longer in the mix in Baltimore, the Orioles believe the time is now for Chance Sisco to take over as the top backstop. With that, Joseph is set to be the backup catcher once again; however, Sisco's lack of track record at the major-league level could result in Joseph seeing more playing time than the average backup. Still, Joseph's minuscule 3.8 percent walk rate and a .287 OBP suggest he'll merely be a low-end option in two-catcher AL-only leagues.
As the Orioles backup catcher, Joseph's fantasy value has been correlated with Matt Wieters' health over the past few seasons. Wieters missed significant time in 2014 and 2015, and Joseph was the main beneficiary, appearing in 82 and 100 games, respectively. The 2016 season was a different story, as Wieters was able to stay relatively healthy and Joseph missed extended time with a groin injury. Joseph, who has never been much of an offensive threat, struggled mightily in his limited playing time, hitting for a .174 average and failing to drive in a single run all season. He recorded only three extra-base hits and ended the season with an ISO of .023. Despite his forgettable performance, Joseph should retain his backup role heading into 2017. The Orioles signed Welington Castillo to a one-year deal with a player option for a second year. Look for Castillo to start four or five days each week with Joseph picking up the remaining starts.
Joseph was the surprise beneficiary of Matt Wieters' elbow injury in 2014, and he ended up with an extra dose of playing time in 2015 when Wieters continued to struggle with ailments. That afforded Joseph 100 games and he took the opportunity to improve his K rate (25.1 percent in 2014, 20.3 percent in 2015). Still, it's likely that Joseph will always be a better defender than hitter. Unfortunately for Joseph, he is probably the only person in the organization who was not a fan of Wieters' decision to accept a qualifying offer for an additional season with the Orioles. That means Joseph will take on a backup role as long as Wieters is healthy. Leagues that have two catcher spots might benefit by carrying both Baltimore backstops. Wieters still has arm concerns, he can also play first base, or he can be traded if the team struggles. All these potential paths to playing time are a good thing for Joseph.
Having passed Johnny Monell on the organizational depth chart after an outstanding 2013 season at Double-A Bowie (.299/.346/.494 with 22 homers and 97 RBI), Joseph was next in line for a promotion to Baltimore when the team needed a replacement for Matt Wieters (elbow) behind the plate in early May. The Orioles brought in the more experienced Nick Hundley from San Diego when Wieters' injury forced him out of action completely, and he and Joseph split time at catcher throughout the rest of the regular season and into October. Joseph certainly didn't endear himself to coaches or fans early on, slashing just .187/.262/.308 in the first half, but the 28-year-old got hot in early August, homering in five straight games, a record for Baltimore backstops. He went on a more dubious stretch in September, finishing the regular season on an 0-for-30 slide, during which he struck out 13 times while walking once (25.1% K% for season). Wieters is expected back to begin the year, but with Hundley gone, Joseph would be in line to inherit the true primary role should Wieters' elbow present more issues.
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Cut loose by Baltimore
CFree Agent
November 30, 2018
Joseph wasn't tendered a contract by the Orioles for the 2019 season.
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Out of Friday's lineup
CBaltimore Orioles
September 21, 2018
Joseph is not in the lineup for Friday's game against the Yankees, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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On bench Wednesday
CBaltimore Orioles
September 19, 2018
Joseph is not in the lineup Wednesday against the Blue Jays.
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Remains on bench
CBaltimore Orioles
September 17, 2018
Joseph is not in the lineup Monday against the Blue Jays, Roch Kubatko of MASN Sports reports.
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Not in lineup Sunday
CBaltimore Orioles
September 16, 2018
Joseph is not starting Sunday against the White Sox.
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