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Josh Thole | Catcher | #22

Team: Toronto Blue Jays
Age / DOB:  (29) / 10/28/1986
Ht / Wt:  6'1" / 205
Bats / Throws: Left / Right
College: None
Drafted: 2005 / Rd. 13 (0) / NYM
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Blue Jays re-signed C Josh Thole to a one-year, $800,000 contract.
He was non-tendered on Wednesday, as the Jays didn't want to give Thole a raise from his $1.75 million salary in 2015. However, he's now back with the club on a lesser deal and should back up Russell Martin in 2016. Fri, Dec 4, 2015 03:39:00 PM

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Blue Jays non-tendered C Josh Thole.

Thole is a .249/.319/.314 career hitter at the major league level. The 29-year-old catcher may have to settle for a spot at Triple-A to open the 2016 season.
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 12:31:00 AM

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

Thole wasn't going to catch in the team's next three games anyways, so he was sent out to make room for Drew Hutchison on the active roster. Thole will be back after rosters expand on Tuesday.
Sat, Aug 29, 2015 10:08:00 AM

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

The Jays will carry three catchers while Russell Martin is banged up. Thole will likely catch R.A. Dickey.
Sun, Aug 23, 2015 08:39:00 AM

Josh Thole will be recalled by the Blue Jays prior to Sunday's game against the Angels.

With Russell Martin banged up, the team will carry a third catcher for the time being, and it's likely Thole will remain with the club for the remainder of the season. He will likely see most of his action with R.A. Dickey on the hill.
Sat, Aug 22, 2015 11:32:00 AM

Jeff Blair of Sportsnet.ca writes that the Blue Jays could call up Josh Thole this weekend.

Russell Martin is getting banged up while attempting to catch R.A. Dickey, but of course Thole has extensive experience catching the knuckleballer. Every game is critical for the Blue Jays right now, so they could bring him back for their upcoming series against the Yankees.
Source: Sportsnet.ca
Tue, Aug 4, 2015 09:51:00 AM

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

The move clears the way for Dioner Navarro's return. Thole is hitting .269 (7-for-26) with two doubles and two RBI over nine games this season, mostly as a caddy for knuckleballer R.A. Dickey. He figures to be back before long.
Tue, Jun 2, 2015 03:56:00 PM

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

Thole will serve as the backup to Blue Jays catcher Russell Martin while Dioner Navarro recovers from a strained left hamstring. Thole is not fantasy relevant.
Thu, Apr 23, 2015 11:20:00 AM

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.
Tue, Mar 31, 2015 08:05:00 PM

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.
Sat, Mar 21, 2015 10:27:00 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

Depth Charts

Batters
PosRoleName
C1Russell Martin
2Dioner Navarro
3Josh Thole
1B1Justin Smoak
2B1Devon Travis
SS1Troy Tulowitzki
2Darwin Barney
3B1Josh Donaldson
2Ryan Goins
LF1Michael Saunders
2Melvin Upton
CF1Kevin Pillar
2Ezequiel Carrera
RF1Jose Bautista
DH1Edwin Encarnacion
Starting Pitcher
PosRoleName
S1Marco Estrada
2Marcus Stroman
3J.A. Happ
4R.A. Dickey
5Francisco Liriano
Relief Pitcher
PosRoleName
R1Roberto Osuna
2Brett Cecil
3Jason Grilli
4Joe Biagini
5Joaquin Benoit
6Scott Feldman
7Ryan Tepera
8Aaron Loup
9Gavin Floyd