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Josh Thole | Catcher

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (28) / 10/28/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
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Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo; re-assigned LHP Jeff Francis and INF Munenori Kawasaki to minor league camp.
That means Russell Martin will catch knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. Thole could eventually get a shot as Martin's backup if the Jays ever trade Dioner Navarro. Mar 31 - 8:05 PM

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Blue Jays manager John Gibbons said Saturday that he's leaning towards having Josh Thole as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher.

While it doesn't do anything for Thole's fantasy value, it should be a nice boost to the veteran knuckleballer who has built up a tremendous rapport with Thole over the years. Russell Martin will do the bulk of the catching for the Jays other four starters.
Mar 21 - 10:27 AM

Blue Jays exercised C Josh Thole's $1.75 million option for 2015.

Thole's role has basically been relegated to being the personal catcher for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey, but he is still a worthwhile backup. The 28-year-old backstop hit .248/.320/.278 with seven RBI in 57 games for the Jays in 2014.
Sat, Nov 1, 2014 02:50:00 PM

Josh Thole went 2-for-2 with a double and two walks Wednesday versus the Red Sox.

Even though Thole only gets to play while R.A. Dickey is pitching, he's managed to stay sharp enough to hit .282 in 85 at-bats this season, albeit without any power at all (three doubles, no triples and no homers). Since the beginning of June, he's started exactly one game in which he wasn't paired with Dickey, and he was removed after two at-bats in that one.
Thu, Jul 24, 2014 12:34:00 AM

Josh Thole went 4-for-5 with an RBI and two runs scored against the Orioles on Wednesday.

Thole had four of the Blue Jays' 15 hits on the night, singling in a run in the third inning. The catcher had just three hits in the month of September coming into the game, and he's hitting just .179/.258/.250 for the year.
Wed, Sep 25, 2013 10:46:00 PM

Josh Thole went 1-for-3 with his first home run of the season against the Yankees on Wednesday.

Thole has been an offensive black hole this season, batting .146/.255/.232 in 82 at-bats. The home run was his first this season, giving him six RBI. The only thing that keeps him in the lineup on a semi-regular basis is his ability to catch R.A. Dickey's knuckleball.
Wed, Aug 21, 2013 09:58:00 PM

Blue Jays recalled C Josh Thole from Triple-A Buffalo.

The Jays decided to go with Henry Blanco as their backup catcher going into the season, but now they've flip-flopped. He was hitting .322/.383/.510 with seven homers at Buffalo and should serve as R.A. Dickey's personal catcher.
Fri, Jun 7, 2013 01:38:00 PM

Blue Jays optioned C Josh Thole to Triple-A Buffalo.

It means that Henry Blanco has won the backup job to J.P. Arencibia. The expectation was that Thole would serve as R.A. Dickey’s personal catcher, but the Blue Jays will instead look to stash him in the minors. He batted just .156/.229/.281 in 35 plate appearances this spring.
Sun, Mar 24, 2013 11:13:00 PM

Josh Thole went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts against the Astros on Sunday and is hitting .115 this spring.

Thole has to be very frustrated with his situation after going from starting catcher in New York to likely Triple-A backstop with the Blue Jays. He's 3-for-26 with one RBI in 15 games.
Sun, Mar 17, 2013 03:44:00 PM

Blue Jays GM Alex Anthpoulos said he expects Josh Thole to begin the 2013 season at Triple-A Buffalo.

The Jays signed Henry Blanco to a one-year deal last week, and Anthpoulos confirmed that the backup job will be his to lose going into spring training. Thole batted just .234/.294/.290 with one home run and 21 RBI in 104 games with the Mets this past season. He can continue to be ignored outside of deeper AL-only leagues.
Sat, Jan 19, 2013 08:59:00 AM

Blue Jays avoided arbitration with C Josh Thole by agreeing to a two-year, $2.5 million contract.

The deal also includes a $1.75 million club option for a third year. The owner of a career .261/.331/.333 batting line, Thole will back up J.P. Arencibia in 2013.
Fri, Jan 18, 2013 01:59:00 PM

Blue Jays acquired C Josh Thole from the Mets in the seven-player R.A. Dickey trade.

Thole batted just .234/.294/.290 with one home run and 21 RBI in 104 games this summer for the Mets. The 26-year-old should hit a little better at Toronto's Rogers Centre but is doubtful to ever boast serious fantasy value.
Mon, Dec 17, 2012 05:30:00 PM

Josh Thole went 1-for-2, producing one of only six Mets hits as they were shutout by the Reds on Tuesday.

Thole is hitting a paltry .262 with just one homer and 18 RBI on the season. With Tuesday's acquisition of Kelly Shoppach, who will draw most starts against left-handed pitching, Thole loses most of what little value he did possess in two-catcher formats.
Tue, Aug 14, 2012 11:13:00 PM

Josh Thole is not in Wednesday's lineup against the Phillies.

He's taking a seat against the left-hander Cliff Lee. Mike Nickeas will start behind the plate and catch right-hander Chris Young.
Wed, Jul 4, 2012 11:11:00 AM

Josh Thole went 2-for-4 in Sunday's loss to the Reds.

Both knocks were singles. Thole is now 13-for-53 (.245) since coming off the disabled list on June 1. Just one of those hits has gone for extra bases.
Sun, Jun 17, 2012 04:16:00 PM

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
1B1Edwin Encarnacion
2B1Devon Travis
2Maicer Izturis
3Steve Tolleson
SS1Jose Reyes
2Ryan Goins
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Danny Valencia
LF1Michael Saunders
2Kevin Pillar
CF1Dalton Pompey
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Justin Smoak
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Drew Hutchison
2R.A. Dickey
3Mark Buehrle
4Aaron Sanchez
5Daniel Norris
6Marcus Stroman
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Miguel Castro
2Brett Cecil
3Aaron Loup
4Preston Guilmet
5Roberto Osuna
6Liam Hendriks
7Marco Estrada
8Colt Hynes