Tommy Joseph

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Tommy Joseph
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Tommy Joseph at the AA All-Star Classic in Reading PA. July 11, 2012
Philadelphia Phillies – No. 19
First baseman
Born: (1991-07-16) July 16, 1991 (age 28)
Phoenix, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 13, 2016, for the Philadelphia Phillies
MLB statistics
(through May 29, 2016)
Batting average .286
Home runs 3
Runs batted in 5
Teams

Thomas Richard Joseph (born July 16, 1991) is an American professional baseball first baseman for the Philadelphia Phillies of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Career

Joseph attended Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he played for the school's baseball team. A first baseman in his first three years of high school, Joseph became a catcher in his senior year.[1] In 2009, he was named the Arizona high school player of the year.[2]

The Giants selected Joseph in the second round, with the 55th overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft as a catcher and first baseman.[1] In 2010, Joseph was named a South Atlantic League all-star for his performance with the Augusta GreenJackets.[3] He suffered a concussion during the 2010 season.[4] The Giants invited Joseph to spring training in 2011.[3] Joseph played for the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Class AA Eastern League in 2012, and appeared in the All-Star Futures Game that year.[5]

During the 2012 season, the Giants traded Joseph with Nate Schierholtz and Seth Rosin to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence.[6] The Phillies assigned Joseph to the Reading Fightin Phils of the Eastern League. After the 2012 season, he was assigned to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League (AFL),[7] and participated in the AFL Rising Stars Game.[8]

Joseph played in 36 games in the 2013 season due to a concussion.[9] The Phillies added him to their 40-man roster on November 20, 2013, to protect him from being exposed to the Rule 5 draft.[10] Joseph suffered a wrist injury in 2014 which limited him to 27 games played, and required season ending surgery.[9] Joseph began the 2015 season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Class AAA International League, where he suffered his third concussion in May 2015. Due to the concussions, the Phillies converted him into a first baseman.[4]

After posting a .347 average and a .611 slugging percentage in the first 27 games of the 2016 season, the Phillies promoted Joseph from Lehigh Valley to the major leagues on May 13, 2016.[11] He hit his first major league home run on May 17.[citation needed]

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 Garcia, Jose (June 9, 2009). "Giants nab Joseph; Blue Jays pick Barrett". Arizona Republic. azcentral.com. Retrieved January 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  2. Obert, Richard (June 12, 2009). "Giants' pick Joseph named Player of Year". Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. 3.0 3.1 Haft, Chris (February 23, 2011). "Home opener not a concern for rotation". MLB.com: News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. 4.0 4.1 Breen, Matt (June 28, 2015). "Tommy Joseph moving to first base after concussions". Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 17, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  5. Haft, Chris (July 8, 2012). "Giants catching prospect Tommy Joseph has solid day in All-Star Futures Game". SFGiants.com: News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. Crasnick, Jerry. "San Francisco Giants acquire Hunter Pence from Philadelphia Phillies, source confirms". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. Emerick, Tyler (October 17, 2012). "Joseph displays potential behind plate in Arizona Fall League". phillies.com: News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. Mayo, Jonathan (November 2, 2012). "AFL Rising Stars Game is Major for prospects". MLB.com. Retrieved March 6, 2014.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  9. 9.0 9.1 "Tommy Joseph to have season-ending surgery". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. August 3, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. Zolecki, Todd (November 20, 2013). "Phillies add four prospects to 40-man roster". MLB.com. Retrieved July 17, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. Gelb, Matt (May 13, 2016). "Phillies promote Tommy Joseph from triple A". Philly.com. Retrieved May 14, 2016.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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