Josh Thole
C TOR
13 hours ago

Thole has just four at-bats in September, far less than any other month this season.

EDGE Analysis

With R.A. Dickey seemingly moved to the bullpen for good, Thole -- Dickey's personal catcher -- is no longer needed to make spot starts behind the plate. His role on the team has been reduced to its lowest point of the season, and it's almost a certainty that Thole will not regain fantasy-relevance this season.

Josh Thole
C TOR
2 weeks ago

Thole has received just two at-bats since signing a major league contract with the Blue Jays at the beginning of the month.

EDGE Analysis

Thole's 2016 campaign has been one to forget. The 29-year-old came out of Spring Training as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, and in line to receive a solid amount of spot work to spell veteran backstop Russell Martin. Now sporting a career-low .155 average through 116 at-bats, Thole only gets on the field when Dickey is on the hill, and the catcher immediately comes off -- usually via a double-switch -- as soon as the knuckleballer is finished. Now with Dioner Navarro in the mix (and Dickey's next start being skipped), Thole is unlikely to see much, if any, playing time in the near future.

Josh Thole
C TOR
4 weeks ago

Thole signed a major league contract with the Blue Jays on Thursday.

EDGE Analysis

Thole was DFA'd less than a week ago after the team acquired Dioner Navarro, but he'll now rejoin the Jays after clearing waivers Tuesday. While Thole isn't expected to hold a consistent role down the stretch, he'll be a part of the major league roster once rosters expand Friday.

Josh Thole
C TOR
4 weeks ago

Thole cleared waivers and became a free agent on Tuesday, VICE Sports' John Lott reports.

EDGE Analysis

He was recently designated for assignment, but apparently wanted to seek a change of scenery. As Lott notes, the line of teams waiting to sign Thole shouldn't be long, as he slashed .158/.246/.211 in 132 plate appearances this year with the Blue Jays.

Josh Thole
C TOR
1 month ago

Thole was designated for assignment following Sunday's 9-6 win over the Twins, Barry Davis of Sportsnet reports.

EDGE Analysis

The Blue Jays bolstered their catching corps by acquiring Dioner Navarro from the White Sox over the weekend, leaving no room for Thole as the club's third backstop. Thole had been a mainstay on the Blue Jays' roster over the last four years due to his comfort with catching knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but he rarely made an impact with his bat. He was sitting on a .164/.254/.218 batting line across 128 plate appearances this season prior to being dropped from the 40-man roster. Assuming he goes unclaimed off waivers, Thole could still opt to remain with the organization as a depth catcher at Triple-A Buffalo.T

Josh Thole
C TOR
1 month ago

Thole went 0-for-3 with an RBI, his seventh of the season, in Tuesday's win over the Angels.

EDGE Analysis

Making his routine spot start behind the plate with knuckleballer R.A. Dickey on the hill, Thole's third straight hitless effort lowered his batting average to a measly .151 on the season. The left-hand hitting catcher's splits have been equally as disappointing, as Thole's hitting .156 in 32 at-bats against southpaws, and .149 in 74 at-bats versus righties.

Josh Thole
C TOR
2 months ago

Thole went 0-for-2 and scored a run in Monday's game against the Rays.

EDGE Analysis

Monday marked just the third time this season in which Thole started consecutive games for the Jays. Although the catcher's fantasy value is extremely limited, Thole has paid dividends to daily players that have rolled him out there in recent weeks. Over his last nine starts, Thole has seven hits, five RBI, three runs and three walks. These numbers don't exactly light up the scoreboard, but they are more than serviceable for a player who comes in at the bottom of the salary scale in daily formats.

Josh Thole
C TOR
2 months ago

Thole went 2-for-3 with a two-RBI double in Saturday's 5-4 loss to the A's.

EDGE Analysis

The reserve catcher enjoyed some rare success at the plate, opening the scoring on the day by plating Troy Tulowitzki and Darwin Barney with a two-bagger to deep right field in the third. Thole now has back-to-back multi-hit and RBI efforts, and is slashing .333/.385/.417 over 12 at-bats in July.

Josh Thole
C TOR
2 months ago

Thole struggled in his limited playing time during the first half of the season, hitting a measly .141 with just one extra-base hit in 78 at-bats.

EDGE Analysis

The fact that Russell Martin was disgustingly awful for the first two-plus months of the season, and Thole still didn't receive extra playing time, tells you all you need to know about his fantasy value. If not for being knuckleballer R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, it's very unlikely that Thole would still be wearing a big league uniform with the way his season has gone.

Josh Thole
C TOR
3 months ago

Thole went 2-for-3 with a walk, a run scored and two RBI in Sunday's win over the Tigers.

EDGE Analysis

He continues to get a start or two a week as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, but Thole's .141/.239/.179 slash line on the season tells you all you need to know about his fantasy value.