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Joe Thatcher | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Cleveland Indians
Age / DOB:  (34) / 10/4/1981
Ht / Wt:  6'2 / 230
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Indiana State
Drafted: 2005 / UDFA / MLW
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Indians signed LHP Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.
Thatcher walked 12 batters in 22 2/3 innings this past season with the Astros, but he still managed a cool 3.18 ERA. It's a bit of a surprise he couldn't find a guaranteed contract in this market. The 34-year-old left-hander should have a decent shot at cracking the Indians' Opening Day bullpen next spring. Thu, Dec 17, 2015 11:24:00 AM

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Astros purchased the contract of LHP Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno.

Thatcher was designated for assignment at the end of July despite posting a decent 3.79 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 19 innings. He'll return in a left-handed specialist role.
Tue, Sep 1, 2015 11:20:00 AM

Astros re-signed LHP Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract.

Thatcher was just released by the club on July 29. The lefty specialist owned a 3.79 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 19 innings and should be back with the big club come September.
Wed, Aug 5, 2015 08:02:00 PM

Astros released LHP Joe Thatcher.

Thatcher was designated for assignment a week ago despite a decent 3.79 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 19 innings this season. He obviously has his limitations as a left-handed specialist, but someone will pick him up.
Wed, Jul 29, 2015 08:40:00 AM

Astros designated LHP Joe Thatcher for assignment.

The move clears a spot for Vince Velasquez on the active roster. Thatcher has struggled a bit recently, but owns a decent 3.79 ERA with 22 strikeouts over 19 innings this season in a specialist role. He could draw interest on waivers.
Tue, Jul 21, 2015 02:35:00 PM

Astros purchased the contract of LHP Joe Thatcher from Triple-A Fresno.

Thatcher pretty much just had to not get hurt in order to make the team, and he cemented his case with a 1.23 ERA this spring. The veteran southpaw will be a lefty specialist.
Mon, Mar 30, 2015 08:32:00 PM

Astros signed LHP Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract with an invitation to spring training.

He'll earn $1 million if he makes the roster (which shouldn't be an issue as long as he's healthy) with an addition $1.3 million available in incentives. Thatcher is a prototypical LOOGY, as he's pitched under 40 innings each of the last five seasons. He's good at what he does, though, boasting a career 3.40 ERA and 244/79 K/BB ratio over 238 innings while holding lefties to a .230/.289/.351 batting line.
Fri, Feb 13, 2015 12:38:00 PM

One source told Evan Drellich of the Houston Chronicle that they believe the Astros will sign Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract.

However, another source was more "cautious" about predicting Thatcher would sign with Houston. It's hard to believe the lefty reliever would have to settle for a minor league deal, as Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish reported earlier Thursday that Thatcher was in talks with 10-plus teams. He held a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings last season.
Thu, Feb 12, 2015 09:31:00 PM

According to Chris Cotillo of MLB Daily Dish, free agent Joe Thatcher is in talks with 10-plus clubs, including the Mets, Astros, Athletics, and Rangers.

Thatcher is expected to settle with a team soon. The 33-year-old left-hander posted a cool 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio in 30 1/3 innings last season between the Diamondbacks and Angels. With so much interest, he shouldn't have to settle for a minor league contract.
Thu, Feb 12, 2015 02:44:00 PM

Chris Cotillo of MLBDailyDish.com reports that five-plus teams are in on Joe Thatcher.

Cotillo adds that while there's plenty of interest, "no signing is imminent." Thatcher is coming off a fine season, having put up a 3.86 ERA and 27/4 K/BB ratio across 30 1/3 innings. The 33-year-old is likely to require only a one-year contract.
Fri, Jan 30, 2015 05:59:00 PM

Joe Thatcher is not on the Angels' ALDS roster.

Vinnie Pestano will get the final bullpen spot instead. Thatcher allowed 13 hits and six earned runs in 6 1/3 innings this season for the Angels after being acquired in July from the Diamondbacks.
Thu, Oct 2, 2014 01:48:00 PM

Angels activated LHP Joe Thatcher from the 15-day disabled list.

Thatcher returns to join an incredibly deep and talented Angels bullpen. He provides another strong option from the left side.
Fri, Sep 12, 2014 07:58:00 PM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) is expected to return from the disabled list this weekend.

Thatcher met up with the Angels on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas and is scheduled to make a simulated appearance Wednesday. If that goes well, he could be activated on Friday. The left-hander has been on the shelf since August 3 because of a sprained ankle.
Tue, Sep 9, 2014 05:45:00 PM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) will meet up with the Angels on Tuesday in Arlington, Texas.

Thatcher is going to be evaluated by team doctors and will then either be activated or asked to throw a simulated game. The lefty has been on the disabled list since August 3 with a sprained ankle. He struggled in a rehab appearance Saturday at Double-A Arkansas.
Mon, Sep 8, 2014 11:09:00 AM

Joe Thatcher (ankle) will make a rehab appearance for Double-A Arkansas on Saturday night.

Thatcher has been on the disabled list since August 3 because of a sprained left ankle. He should be back in the Angels' bullpen at some point next week.
Sat, Sep 6, 2014 05:46:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yan Gomes
2Roberto Perez
3Anthony Recker
1B1Carlos Santana
2Jesus Aguilar
2B1Jason Kipnis
SS1Francisco Lindor
2Jose Ramirez
3B1Giovanny Urshela
LF1Michael Brantley
2James Ramsey
CF1Abraham Almonte
2Rajai Davis
3Shane Robinson
4Robbie Grossman
RF1Lonnie Chisenhall
2Collin Cowgill
3Tyler Naquin
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Corey Kluber
2Carlos Carrasco
3Trevor Bauer
4Danny Salazar
5Josh Tomlin
6Cody Anderson
7T.J. House
8Ross Detwiler
9Mike Clevinger
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Cody Allen
2Bryan Shaw
3Austin Adams
4Zach McAllister
5Jeff Manship
6Kyle Crockett
7Joe Thatcher
8Shawn Armstrong
9Giovanni Soto
10Dan Otero
11Joba Chamberlain
12Felipe Paulino
13Tom Gorzelanny
14Craig Stammen