Josh Thole C TOR 16 Hrs
Josh Thole went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Wednesday versus the Red Sox.
Even though Thole only gets to play while R.A. Dickey is pitching, he's managed to stay sharp enough to hit .282 in 85 at-bats this season, albeit without any power at all (three doubles, no triples and no homers). Since the beginning of June, he's started exactly one game in which he wasn't paired with Dickey, and he was removed after two at-bats in that one.
Josh Thole C TOR 10 Months
Josh Thole went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored against the Orioles on Wednesday.
Thole had four of the Blue Jays' 15 hits on the night, singling in a run in the third inning. The catcher had just three hits in the month of September coming into the game, and he's hitting just .179/.258/.250 for the year.
Josh Thole C TOR 11 Months
Josh Thole went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season against the Yankees on Wednesday.
Thole has been an offensive black hole this season, batting .146/.255/.232 in 82 at-bats. The home run was his first this season, giving him six RBI. The only thing that keeps him in the lineup on a semi-regular basis is his ability to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Josh Thole C TOR Jun 07 '13
Blue Jays recalled C Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo.
The Jays decided to go with Henry Blanco as their backup catcher going into the season, but now they've flip-flopped. He was hitting .322/.383/.510 with seven homers at Buffalo and should serve as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher.
Josh Thole C TOR Mar 24 '13
Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo.
It means that Henry Blanco has won the backup job to J.P. Arencibia. It was expected that Thole would serve as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher, but the Blue Jays will instead look to stash him in the minors. He batted just .156/.229/.281 in 35 plate appearances this spring.
Josh Thole C TOR Mar 17 '13
Josh Thole went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Astros on Sunday and is hitting .115 this spring.
Thole has to be very frustrated with his situation after going from starting catcher in New York to likely Triple-A backstop with the Blue Jays. He's 3-for-26 with one RBI in 15 games.
Josh Thole C TOR Jan 19 '13
Blue Jays GM Alex Anthpoulos said he expects Josh Thole to begin 2013 at Triple-A Buffalo.
Josh Thole C TOR Jan 18 '13
Blue Jays avoided arbitration with C Josh Thole by agreeing to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.
The deal also includes a $1.75 million club option for a third year. The owner of a career .261/.331/.333 batting line, Thole will back up J.P. Arencibia in 2013.
Josh Thole C TOR Dec 17 '12
Blue Jays acquired C Josh Thole from the Mets in the seven-player R.A. Dickey trade.
Thole batted just .234/.294/.290 with one home runs and 21 RBI in 104 games this summer for the Mets. The 26-year-old should hit a little better at Toronto's Rogers Centre but is doubtful to ever boast serious fantasy value.
Josh Thole C TOR Aug 14 '12
Josh Thole went 1-for-2, producing one of only six Mets hits as they were shutout by the Reds on Tuesday.
Thole is hitting a paltry .262 with just one homer and 18 RBI on the season. With Tuesday's acquisition of Kelly Shoppach, who will draw most starts against left-handed pitching, Thole loses most of what little value he did possess in two-catcher formats.