Josh Thole C TOR 3 weeks ago

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

Competitive 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 1 month 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.

Competitive 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 2 months ago

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

Competitive 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 2 months ago

Thole is in the lineup against the Rays on Monday.

Competitive 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 6 months ago

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

Competitive 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.

Josh Thole C TOR 6 months ago

Thole had his contract go non-tendered by the Blue Jays.

Competitive Edge Analysis

After a frustrating 2015 season for Thole, where he was brought back and forth between the minors and the majors a handful of times, the catcher will not be brought back by the Blue Jays. The 29-year-old will become a free agent in 2016, and he won't be anything more than a backup catcher wherever he ends up.

Josh Thole C TOR 9 months ago

Thole has been recalled and is in the lineup Wednesday against the Indians.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thole will return to the Blue Jays after a brief stay at rookie-level Bluefield to catch R.A. Dickey, who is on the hill Wednesday. Thole will bat ninth in the order. He'll likely remain with the Blue Jays for the remainder of the season now that rosters have expanded.

Josh Thole C TOR 9 months ago

Thole was optioned to rookie-level Bluefield after Friday's game.

Competitive Edge Analysis

Thole could be back up to provide depth at catcher when rosters expand in September, but he would only be used sparingly as long as Russell Martin and Dioner Navarro are healthy.

Josh Thole C TOR 12 months ago

Thole was optioned to Triple-A Buffalo after the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader against the Nationals, Sportsnet's Shi Davidi reports.

With Dioner Navarro (hamstring) ready to return from the disabled list, the Jays got one last start out of Thole, who went 2-for-4 in the first game of Tuesday's doubleheader. Thole doesn't figure to get another shot in the majors until September, unless Navarro or Russell Martin suffers an injury.

Josh Thole C TOR 1 year ago

Thole went 3-for-4 with three runs scored and a RBI in Tuesday's 10-9 win over the White Sox.

Thole more than doubled his hit total (from two to five) for the season on Tuesday and was an integral piece of why the Jays won. He really only plays when R.A. Dickey is on the mound, something that dates back to their time on the Mets together. He's still only hitting .227 on the season and his lack of regular playing time gives him limited fantasy value.