From BR Bullpen
Thomas Richard Joseph
- Bats Right, Throws Right
- Height 6' 1", Weight 215 lb.
- High School Horizon High School
 Biographical Information
Tommy Joseph entered 2012 as a top Giants prospect.
Joseph hit .491 with 15 home runs and 36 RBI in 37 games as a high school senior, winning All-State honors. He was picked by the San Francisco Giants in the second round of the 2009 amateur draft, their second pick after Zack Wheeler. Steven Baron was the only high school catcher taken higher that year. The scout was Hugh Walker. He signed for a $712,500 bonus. He was rated by Baseball America as the 6th-best prospect in the Giants chain entering 2010. In his pro debut, he had 3 hits and 5 RBI for the Augusta Greenjackets. For the '10 campaign, he hit .236/.290/.401 for Augusta, with 16 home runs, 26 walks and 116 strikeouts. He had 19 passed balls in 65 games at catcher, also playing 1B and DH. He led the South Atlantic League in passed balls despite his relatively limited time there. Baseball America downgraded him to the Giants' #10 prospect.
In 2011, Tommy was more productive, playing for the San Jose Giants. He produced at a .270/.317/.471 clip with 33 doubles, 22 homers, 80 runs, 95 RBI, 29 walks and 102 strikeouts. He was 6 for 17 in two home runs and 8 RBI in four playoff games. He cut his passed ball rate (13 in 91 G) and threw out 37% of attempted base-stealers, fielding .992. He tied Kole Calhoun, Kody Hinze and Nathan Freiman for 6th in the California League in dingers and tied Kent Matthes for 7th in RBI. He also led the league in fielding percentage at catcher. He was named the league's All-Star catcher. Baseball America listed him as the 11th-best Cal League prospect, between fellow backstop Yasmani Grandal and Nick Franklin. They also listed him as the best defensive catcher in the loop. Entering 2012, they tabbed him as San Fran's #2 prospect after Gary Brown.
Joseph's stats were down to open 2012 with the Richmond Flying Squirrels (.252/.296/.370, 5 HR, 24 RBI in 63 G), but he had thrown out over half of opposing base thieves. He still started for the US in the 2012 Futures Game during their 17-5 romp over the World club. Hitting 8th, he first came to bat in the third against Chris Reed. He drew a walk from Reed and wound up scoring on a triple by Billy Hamilton to begin the US comeback from a 4-0 deficit. He doubled in Jonathan Singleton in the 4th, facing Felipe Rivero, to put the US ahead, 5-4. No one tried to steal against him. He was replaced at catcher by Rob Brantly. While he had a case for the MVP, it went to Nick Castellanos instead. By the end of July, he had picked up his numbers somewhat, to .260/.313/.391 with 38 RBI in 80 games. On July 31st, he was one of three players sent to the Philadelphia Phillies at the trading deadline in order to obtain OF Hunter Pence. He joined Nate Schierholtz and P Seth Rosin in heading to the city of brotherly love.