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Joe Thatcher | Relief Pitcher | #56

Team: Los Angeles Dodgers
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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Dodgers signed LHP Joe Thatcher to a minor league contract.
Thatcher was granted his release by the Indians at the end of spring training when he refused to accept a minor league assignment. The 34-year-old left-hander posted a 3.18 ERA, 1.54 WHIP and 26/12 K/BB ratio over 22 2/3 innings with the Astros in 2015. Apr 16 - 10:50 AM

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Indians released LHP Joe Thatcher.

Thatcher has decided to be a free agent rather than accept a minor league assignment. He'll get a look elsewhere, although he seems likely to begin the season in the minors wherever he winds up.
Mar 27 - 12:44 PM

Joe Thatcher has been told by the Indians that he will not make the Opening Day roster.

Thatcher hasn't decided yet whether he'll accept a minor league assignment. If he doesn't he'll be eligible for a $100,000 retention bonus and would have an opt-out clause on June 1.
Mar 25 - 1:51 PM

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

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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Yasmani Grandal
2A.J. Ellis
1B1Adrian Gonzalez
2B1Howie Kendrick
2Chase Utley
3Charlie Culberson
SS1Corey Seager
3B1Justin Turner
2Alex Guerrero
LF1Andre Ethier
2Carl Crawford
3Trayce Thompson
CF1Joc Pederson
2Enrique Hernandez
RF1Yasiel Puig
2Scott Van Slyke
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Clayton Kershaw
2Hyun-Jin Ryu
3Scott Kazmir
4Kenta Maeda
5Alex Wood
6Ross Stripling
7Mike Bolsinger
8Brett Anderson
9Brandon McCarthy
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Kenley Jansen
2Chris Hatcher
3J.P. Howell
4Pedro Baez
5Yimi Garcia
6Frankie Montas
7Josh Ravin
8Louis Coleman
9Joe Blanton
10Adam Liberatore
11Zach Lee