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Joe Thurston | Second Baseman

Team: Milwaukee Brewers
Age / DOB:  (35) / 9/29/1979
Ht / Wt:  5'11' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: Sacramento (CA) CC

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Brewers signed INF Joe Thurston to a minor league contract.
Thurston, 34, failed to catch on with a major league organization last season, splitting time between the Atlantic League and the Mexican League. His last MLB appearance came with the Marlins in 2011. His bat showed some signs of life against the lesser competition, batting a combined .297/.390/.422 in 2013, but he'll be nothing more than an organizational player for the Brewers. Sat, Jan 25, 2014 09:44:00 PM

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Twins released INF Joe Thurston.

Thurston, 32, has batted just .139/.267/.236 at the Triple-A level in the Phillies and Twins organizations. He'll try to find a minor league deal somewhere else.
Mon, May 14, 2012 08:06:00 PM

Twins signed INF Joe Thurston to a minor league contract.

Thurston was released by the Phillies Monday after going 5-for-29 for Triple-A Lehigh Valley. He's merely organizational depth.
Wed, Apr 25, 2012 07:10:00 PM

Phillies released INF Joe Thurston.

Thurston was off to a rough 5-for-29 (.207) start at Triple-A Lehigh Valley. The 32-year-old infielder will presumably attempt to latch on with another organization.
Mon, Apr 23, 2012 12:01:00 PM

Phillies signed INF-OF Joe Thurston to a minor league contract.

Thurston was just released by the Astros on Wednesday morning. The 32-year-old isn't a candidate for the major league roster and is likely to open the season with either Double-A Reading or Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 12:40:00 PM

Astros released INF-OF Joe Thurston.

Thurston, a non-roster invitee, batted .250 (6-for-24) with three doubles and an RBI this spring. The 32-year-old utility man will attempt to latch on elsewhere.
Wed, Mar 28, 2012 08:34:00 AM

Astros signed INF Joe Thurston to a minor league contract.

He'll receive an invite to spring training. The 32-year-old had a terrific year at Triple-A New Orleans this season, batting .300/.388/.475 in 526 plate appearances. Thurston was up with the Marlins for just one game, going 1-for-4 with a single while starting at second base. He's hit .226 /.305/.323 in 384 major league plate appearances spread over seven seasons, most of which came with the Cardinals in 2008. Thurston will battle for a utility job in camp.
Sun, Nov 13, 2011 09:24:00 PM

Marlins sent INF-OF Joe Thurston outright to Triple-A New Orleans.

Thurston cleared waivers after being designated for assignment by the Marlins over the weekend. He went 1-for-4 with a single in his only game with the big club last Friday. The 31-year-old returns to a .315/.401/.477 batting line at the Triple-A level.
Thu, Aug 11, 2011 11:37:00 AM

Marlins designated INF Joe Thurston for assignment.

That didn't last long. Thurston was up for just one game, going 1-for-4 with a single while starting at second base Friday. The Marlins acquired Alfredo Amezega and chose him for a roster spot over Thurston. The 31-year-old will clear waivers and could choose to become a free agent if he doesn't want to go back to Triple-A New Orleans.
Sat, Aug 6, 2011 03:19:00 PM

Marlins purchased the contract of INF Joe Thurston from Triple-A New Orleans.

Thurston has had a terrific year at Triple-A, boasting a .312/.399/.472 batting line with nine home runs. The 31-year-old should get a bit of playing time with both Omar Infante and Hanley Ramirez dealing with injuries. He's starting at second base Friday.
Fri, Aug 5, 2011 02:14:00 PM

Marlins signed INF Joe Thurston to a minor league contract.

Thurston spent all of 2010 at the Braves' Triple-A affiliate in Gwinnett, batting .273/.323/.413 with 13 home runs over 465 at-bats. He hasn't appeared in a big league game since 2009, when he was with St. Louis.
Wed, Jan 12, 2011 04:53:00 PM

Braves signed infielder Joe Thurston to a minor league contract.

Thurston, 30, finally got a crack at legitimate playing time in 2009 but hit just .225/.316/.330 with one homer and 25 RBI in 267 at-bats. He's unlikely to make a major impact for the Braves next season.
Fri, Dec 18, 2009 03:54:00 PM

According to Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, the Braves have agreed to terms on a one-year split contract with Joe Thurston.

Thurston, 30, hit just .225/.316/.330 with one homer and 25 RBI in 267 at-bats this past season with the Cardinals but showed a decent level of versatility on the St. Louis infield. The Phillies, Yankees, Rockies, Dodgers, and Indians also showed interest, according to his agent.
Fri, Dec 18, 2009 12:57:00 PM

Cardinals sent infielder Joe Thurston and RHP Matt Scherer outright to Triple-A Memphis.

St. Louis has cleared four 40-man roster spots in the past 24 hours. After a decade in the minors Thurston got his first extended chance in the majors this season, starting 68 games for the Cardinals, but he hit just .225/.316/.330.
Wed, Nov 4, 2009 01:33:00 PM

Joe Thurston left the club Monday to be with his wife, who will have labor induced Tuesday morning in California.

Thurston is expected to rejoin the Cardinals Thursday in Florida. As Thurston left the clubhouse, manager Tony La Russa joked, "Good luck. And I'm serious. That middle name better be Tony or Antoinette or something." The 29-year-old utilityman is batting .245/.349/.399 in 143 at-bats this season.
Tue, Jun 9, 2009 08:42:00 AM

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