Tommy Joseph

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Tommy Joseph
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Joseph at the Eastern League (AA) All-Star Game, July 2012
Free agent
First baseman
Born: (1991-07-16) July 16, 1991 (age 29)
Phoenix, Arizona
Bats: Right Throws: Right
Professional debut
MLB: May 13, 2016, for the Philadelphia Phillies
KBO: March 23, 2019, for the LG Twins
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.247
Home runs43
Runs batted in116
KBO statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.274
Home runs9
Runs batted in36

Thomas Richard Joseph (born July 16, 1991) is an American professional baseball first baseman who is a free agent. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Philadelphia Phillies in 2016 and 2017 and the LG Twins of the KBO League.

High school[edit]

Joseph attended Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he played for the school's baseball team. A first baseman in his first three years of high school, Joseph became a catcher in his senior year.[1] In 2009, he was named the Arizona high school player of the year.[2]

Professional career[edit]

Minor Leagues[edit]

The San Francisco Giants selected Joseph in the second round, with the 55th overall selection, of the 2009 Major League Baseball Draft as a catcher and first baseman.[1] In 2010, Joseph was named a South Atlantic League all-star for his performance with the Augusta GreenJackets.[3] He suffered a concussion during the 2010 season.[4] The Giants invited Joseph to spring training in 2011.[3] Joseph played for the Richmond Flying Squirrels of the Class AA Eastern League in 2012, and appeared in the All-Star Futures Game that year.[5]

Philadelphia Phillies[edit]

During the 2012 season, the Giants traded Joseph with Nate Schierholtz and Seth Rosin to the Philadelphia Phillies for Hunter Pence.[6] The Phillies assigned Joseph to the Reading Fightin Phils of the Eastern League. After the 2012 season, he was assigned to the Peoria Javelinas of the Arizona Fall League (AFL),[7] and participated in the AFL Rising Stars Game.[8]

Joseph played in 36 games in the 2013 season due to a concussion.[9] The Phillies added him to their 40-man roster on November 20, 2013, to protect him from being exposed to the Rule 5 draft.[10] Joseph suffered a wrist injury in 2014 which limited him to 27 games played, and required season ending surgery.[9] Joseph began the 2015 season with the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the Class AAA International League, where he suffered his third concussion in May 2015. Due to the concussions, the Phillies converted him into a first baseman.[4]

After posting a .347 average and a .611 slugging percentage in the first 27 games of the 2016 season, the Phillies promoted Joseph from Lehigh Valley to the major leagues on May 13, 2016.[11] He hit his first major league home run on May 17.[12] On June 1, Phillies manager Pete Mackanin announced his plans to give Joseph extended playing time at first base and keep the slumping veteran Ryan Howard on the bench.[13] Joseph officially supplanted Howard as the everyday first baseman on June 10, and he punctuated the move by hitting his sixth and seventh home runs of the season that day, with Mackanin calling Joseph "the real deal".[14]

In 2017, Joseph batted .240 with a .289 on-base percentage.[15] After the 2017 season, the Phillies acquired Carlos Santana to play first base.[16] On March 12, 2018, Joseph was designated for assignment.[15]

Texas Rangers[edit]

On March 19, 2018, the Texas Rangers claimed Joseph off of waivers.[17] He was designated for assignment on March 29. He cleared waivers and was outrighted to the Class AA Frisco RoughRiders.[18] He declared free agency on October 2.

LG Twins[edit]

On November 28, 2018, Joseph signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the LG Twins of the KBO League.[19] Joseph was waived by the Twins on July 9, 2019.

Boston Red Sox[edit]

On August 5, 2019, Joseph signed a minor league contract with the Boston Red Sox,[20] and was assigned to the Gulf Coast League Red Sox.[21] He became a minor-league free agent on November 2, 2020.[22]

Team Texas[edit]

In July 2020, Joseph signed on to play for Team Texas of the Constellation Energy League (a makeshift 4-team independent league created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the 2020 season.


  1. ^ a b Garcia, Jose (June 9, 2009). "Giants nab Joseph; Blue Jays pick Barrett". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  2. ^ Obert, Richard (June 12, 2009). "Giants' pick Joseph named Player of Year". The Arizona Republic. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  3. ^ a b Haft, Chris (February 23, 2011). "Home opener not a concern for rotation". News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  4. ^ a b Breen, Matt (June 28, 2015). "Tommy Joseph moving to first base after concussions". The Philadelphia Inquirer. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  5. ^ Haft, Chris (July 8, 2012). "Giants catching prospect Tommy Joseph has solid day in All-Star Futures Game". News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  6. ^ Crasnick, Jerry. "San Francisco Giants acquire Hunter Pence from Philadelphia Phillies, source confirms". ESPN. ESPN Internet Ventures. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Emerick, Tyler (October 17, 2012). "Joseph displays potential behind plate in Arizona Fall League". News. MLB Advanced Media. Retrieved January 9, 2013.
  8. ^ Mayo, Jonathan (November 2, 2012). "AFL Rising Stars Game is Major for prospects". Retrieved March 6, 2014.
  9. ^ a b "Tommy Joseph to have season-ending surgery". Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia. August 3, 2014. Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  10. ^ Zolecki, Todd (November 20, 2013). "Phillies add four prospects to 40-man roster". Retrieved July 17, 2015.
  11. ^ Gelb, Matt (May 13, 2016). "Phillies promote Tommy Joseph from triple A". Retrieved May 14, 2016.
  12. ^ Gelb, Matt (May 19, 2016). "Joseph hits first homer as Phillies beat Marlins". Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  13. ^ Stark, Jayson (June 2, 2016). "Phillies to start Tommy Joseph in place of Ryan Howard for 3-4 days". ESPN. Retrieved June 2, 2016.
  14. ^ Putterman, Alex (June 10, 2016). "Joseph supplants Howard at first base".
  15. ^ a b "Phillies make room for Jake Arrieta by removing Tommy Joseph from roster". Philly. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  16. ^ "Who's on first? Santana signing leaves Phillies' Joseph as odd man out". December 21, 2017. Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  17. ^ The Associated Press. "Rangers claim 1B Tommy Joseph on waivers from Phillies". Retrieved March 19, 2018.
  18. ^ Adams, Steve (April 2, 2018). "Rangers Select Contract of Bartolo Colon; Tommy Joseph Clears Waivers". Retrieved April 2, 2018.
  19. ^ "LG Twins acquire ex-MLB 1B Joseph". The Korea Herald. November 28, 2018. Retrieved December 21, 2018.
  20. ^ "Red Sox Roster & Staff – Transactions". August 2019. Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  21. ^ "Tommy Joseph Stats, Highlights, Bio". Retrieved August 17, 2019.
  22. ^ Campbell, Brendan (November 2, 2020). "Former Red Sox utilityman Tzu-Wei Lin is now a minor-league free agent". Retrieved November 3, 2020.

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