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Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Scouting Report Josh Thole

Josh Thole - #30
24 years old
6'1" 205 pounds
3rd major league season (90 games, 286 plate appearances)
Bats L/Throws R
To check out his 2010 Scouting Report, click here.

The Good:  He knows his abilities, works the count, and rifles balls up the middle for singles. He threw out 44% of potential base-runners last year, a significant improvement from the 24% the past 3 years. He rarely strikes out, and more rarely swings and misses (3.9% for his career, league average is 8.5%). He is currently ranked the Mets 4th best player under the age 25 by Baseball Prospectus.
The bad: Doesn't have any/a lot of power (10 HRs in 450 minor league games). He's only had 40 plate appearances in the majors versus lefties (thanks for stunting his development, Jerry Manuel), but during that small sample size it hasn't been pretty (.158/.200/.211)

Role: He will face RHPs and be the other half of the platoon with Ronny Paulino.

2010 Stats: 227 plate appearances 3 HR, 24 BB, 25 K. .277/.357/.366
My 2011 Prediction: 350 PA, 5 HR, 36 BB, 34 K. .285/.350/.375

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