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Sunday, February 28, 2010

Position by Position Scouting Report- Josh Thole

Josh Thole- #30

23 years old
6'1" 20 pounds
2nd major league season
Bats L/Throws R

The Good: Was born in October of 1986, the day after the Mets won championship #2. He knows his abilities, works the count, and rifles balls up the middle for singles. He also is an on base machine.

The bad: Average defense (adequate receiver), below average arm strength (low arm slot causes his ball to tail), and not a great game caller; needs more experience (Only played 26 games as a catcher in his 1st 3 years of pro ball). Doesn't have any/a lot of power (8 HRs in 402 minor league games).

Role: Will spend time with Chris Coste mentoring him in AAA, and may be called up in September for more experience. Doesn't project as an all-star, but could be a solid regular if he continues to progress/improve his defense. 

Link to the other catchers on the 40 man roster:
Rod Barajas
Henry Blanco
Chris Coste
Omir Santos

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