Josh Thole

Josh Thole

Josh Thole
Toronto Blue Jays – No. 30
Catcher
Born: (1986-10-28) October 28, 1986 (age 27)
Breese, Illinois
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
September 3, 2009 for the New York Mets
Career statistics
(through 2013 season)
Batting average .251
Hits 260
Home runs 8
Runs batted in 95
Teams

Joshua Michael "Josh" Thole (pronounced toll-EE[1]) (born October 28, 1986) is an American professional baseball catcher for the Toronto Blue Jays of Major League Baseball.

Early years

Thole grew up in Breese, Illinois, and attended Mater Dei High school.[2]

Professional career

Thole was drafted by the New York Mets in the 13th round of the 2005 Major League Baseball Draft.[2] In Double-A Binghamton, Thole established himself as a solid singles hitter.[2]

New York Mets (2009-2012)

After viewing Thole in the 2009 spring training, Mets pitching coach Dan Warthen "gushed" about Thole's catcher skills.[1] In 2009, Thole stated, "My throwing is still coming along."[2] On August 31, 2009, Thole was called up to the major leagues.[3] In his first major league at-bat, he singled to record his first major league hit.

After spending much of the 2010 season in Triple-A Buffalo, Thole was called up to the Mets in June.[4] On July 20, 2010, Thole hit his first major league home run, a solo homer, off of Barry Enright in a game against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field to give the Mets their first run of the game (3-1).[5] They would lose that game 3-2.[5] On October 1, 2010, he hit a walk-off home run off Tyler Clippard to give the Mets a 2-1 win.[6]

Thole spent the entire season with the New York Mets as a catcher. He hit .268, drove in 40 runs and hit 3 home runs over 340 at bats.

Thole broke camp with the Mets as their starting catcher. On May 9, 2012, Thole was placed on the seven-day disabled list after suffering a concussion in a plate collision with Phillies first baseman Ty Wigginton on May 7.[7] Then on June 1st, 2012, Thole was reactivated and caught Johan Santana's no-hitter; becoming the first Mets catcher to participate in a no-hitter.

Toronto Blue Jays (2013–present)

On December 17, 2012, the Mets traded Thole, R.A. Dickey, and Mike Nickeas to the Toronto Blue Jays for Travis d'Arnaud, Noah Syndergaard, John Buck, and Wuilmer Becerra.[8] On January 18, 2013, the Blue Jays announced that arbitration with Thole had been avoided by signing him to a two-year contract worth $2.5 million, with a club option for the 2015 season at $1.75 million.[9] On March 24, Thole was reassigned to minor league camp and started the season with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons.[10] He was recalled by the Blue Jays on June 7 when Henry Blanco was designated for assignment.[11] Thole made his Blue Jays debut in the 16th inning of an 18 inning win against the Texas Rangers on June 8, going 0-2 at the plate.

References

External links

Baseball portal
  • Career statistics and player information from Baseball-Reference (Minors)