Josh Thole
C TOR
2 weeks 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 weeks 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 weeks 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.

Josh Thole
C TOR
1 month ago

Thole went 2-for-4 with a walk Wednesday against the Rockies.

EDGE Analysis

Thole made the most of his unusual spot-start for Russell Martin (rest). Typically, Thole only catches knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but recently manager John Gibbons has decided to give the 33-year-old Martin rest more routinely. Entering Wednesday's game, Thole had amassed just two hits since April 26. Even if given the opportunity to play more often, Thole holds little to no value in most leagues.

Josh Thole
C TOR
2 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

The truth is that the left-hand-hitting catcher is only on the big league squad because he's R.A. Dickey's personal catcher. Thole isn't even an option off the bench for manager John Gibbons when in need of a pinch hitter. Unless you are looking for a minimum-salary catcher in DFS once a week, Thole brings little to no value in practically all formats.

Josh Thole
C TOR
3 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

Many in Toronto's fanbase have called for an upgrade at the backup spot to Russell Martin. But even with Dickey having had his typically putrid April, the knuckleballer is unlikely to go anywhere -- meaning Thole isn't going anywhere either. The 29-year-old should be deployed merely as a punt-play when Dickey is on the hill.

Josh Thole
C TOR
3 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

The passed ball came with Rule 5 pick Joe Biagini on the mound for Toronto. He went out of his way to protect the young reliever by taking responsibility for getting crossed up. It was a frustrating end to an otherwise solid game from the backup catcher who only plays when R.A. Dickey gets the start.

Josh Thole
C TOR
4 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

The 29-year-old catcher has been with the Blue Jays since 2013, but has never played more than 57 games in a year -- he only played 18 in 2015 due to injuries and a backlog at the position. However, because of his ability to catch Dickey's knuckleball, and the rest needed by 33-year-old Russell Martin, Thole may be in line for an increased workload this season. He may be worth a look in daily leagues due to the fact he'll be part of the most potent offense in baseball.

Josh Thole
C TOR
4 months ago

Thole is in the lineup against the Rays on Monday.

EDGE Analysis

This is a very interesting move, as Thole has historically received very few at-bats against left-handed pitchers such as Drew Smyly, the Rays' starter for Monday's game. However, this is likely just a day off for everyday catcher Russell Martin, so Thole will probably head back to the bench after today's start.

Josh Thole
C TOR
8 months ago

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

EDGE Analysis

Thole had just been non-tendered by the Blue Jays on Thursday, but he's coming back to the team after being a free agent for just a day. The 29-year-old had a disappointing campaign last season, hitting just .204/.250/.245, but he should get the chance to earn the backup role behind Russell Martin out of spring training.