Joshua Michael (Josh) Thole (toll-ee). Graduated from Breese Mater Dei High School (IL) in 2005... Was All-State in baseball and also played football. Enjoys playing golf and fishing. Participated in the 2014 Blue Jays Winter Tour.
Spent spring training in the Major League camp of the Arizona Diamondbacks and appeared in 11 exhibition games at catcher…released from Arizona on March 18... Signed a minor league contract with the Detroit Tigers on June 22 and was assigned to the Double-A Erie SeaWolves of the Eastern League...Played in 21 games for Erie hitting .238/.320/.302 with 11 runs, a double, a home run and 10 RBI...Caught 165.0 innings behind the plate for Erie with just one passed ball and a fielding percentage of .994.
Missed the entire 2017 season after suffering a hamstring tear on March 15...underwent surgery on March 28 in Phoenix (performed by: Dr. Gary Waslewski).
Had three separate stints with Toronto. Spent most of season with Buffalo (Triple-A) appearing in 45 games posting a .228 average, adding 20 walks in 149 ABs. Was optioned to Bluefield in the Appalachian League (Rookie) on August 28... Returned to the parent club on Sept. 2 at the conclusion of the Rookie League season. Appeared in 18 games for Toronto, his fewest since his rookie season in 2009. Started 15 games, 13 with R.A. Dickey on the mound... Other two came in Drew Hutchison starts (May 21 & October 1). Had a string of 55 straight starts as the battery-mate for R.A Dickey snapped on April 8.
Hit safely in eight of his first nine games… Through March/April, he posted a line of .478/.500/.522/1.022 in 10 games...Through May, he had reached base safely in 14 of his 22 games, hitting .340 (18-53) in that time… After that point, hit .188 (15-80) in 35 games...Reached base safely in 29 of his 41 starts this season...Posted a .997 fielding percentage in 307 TC this season… Caught 4.3% of stolen base attempts this season, a new careerlow...Had a catcher's ERA of 3.94 this season, down from a career-high 4.40 in 2013...TOR has a record of 34-41 in his 75 starts since joining the club last season…Of those 75 starts, he has caught Dickey in 55 of those games, the longest current streak of starts for any ML pitcher with one catcher…The team is 28-27 in those 55 contests...Snapped a 0-22 hitless drought with a single in the 5th inning July 3 at OAK.
Began the season with Buffalo (AAA) appearing in 41 games before being called up by Toronto on June 7…Posted a .322 average while with the Bisons. Made 34 starts behind the plate this season for Toronto posting a 17-17 record…Caught each of R.A. Dickey's starts following his promotion finishing with an 8-8 record over 21 contests. Threw out 15.4% of base runners, the lowest percentage of his career. Finished the year with a 4.40 catcher's ERA, the highest of his career. Hit his 1st home run of the season August 21…Was his 1st homer since April 29, 2012.
Was the team's Opening Day catcher for the second straight season...Went to the DL on May 8 with a concussion suffered during a home plate collision with Philadelphia's Ty Wigginton...Activated on June 1...Snapped a career worst 0 for 30 with an eighth-inning single on Sept. 1... The skid dated to August 14 and spanned 11 games...Reached safely in 18 straight games with a plate appearance to begin the year, the longest streak to start a season by a catcher in team history...Batted .379 (11-29) with four runs scored over a career high 10-game hitting streak, April 16-April 27...Hit his only home run of the season on April 29 at COL (Moyer)...Walked a career high-tying three times on June 23 vs. NYY... Had done it once before on April 29, 2011...Caught Johan Santana on June 1 vs. St. L in the first no-hitter in Mets history... It was his first game back from the concussion... Only one other catcher caught a no-hitter in his first game back after missing 22 or more games: The Angels' Ellie Rodriguez had a 37-game absence before catching Nolan Ryan's nono on June 1, 1975...Finished with a 3.77 catcher's ERA (334 earned runs/798.1 innings), the best mark on the team... Caught 26 of Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey`s 33 starts.
Hit .299 (67-224) with three home runs and 29 RBI over his final 74 games, dating back to May 26...Tied his personal-best with four hits on August 10 vs. San Diego...Reached base safely five times in a single game for the first time inhis career on August 15 at San Diego...Picked up three hits, twowalks, and a season high-tying three RBI...Had 34 of his 40 RBI in Mets wins...Drove in five runs over a three-game stretch from April 24-April 27...Set a career-high with three walks on April 29 at Philadelphia...Walked in five straight games, May 9-May 16...Drew six total walksin that span...Placed on the Paternity Leave List on July 19...Reinstated on July 20...Left the game on September 1 in the top of the second inning witha contusion of the left wrist...Fashioned a string of four consecutive starts with at least one hit andone RBI, with seven total RBI over that span from May 25-May 30...Drove in a career-best three runs four times: April 26 at Washington, May29 vs. Philadelphia, August 15 at San Diego and September 16 at Atlanta...Had a season-best six-game hitting streak from June 23-July 2 (.421, 8-19).
Began the season with Buffalo (AAA) of the International League...Recalled by the Mets on May 10 but did not appear in a game before beingoptioned back to Buffalo on May 15...Recalled from Buffalo for the second time on June 24 and spent theremainder of the season with the Mets...Made his first start of the year onJune 25 vs. Minnesota and went 0-3...Collected his first hit of the season as a pinch-hitter on June 28 atFlorida...Each of his first three hits of the year came as a pinch-hitter, includinga pair of RBI singles...Finished the season hitting .357 (5-14) as a pinch-hitter...Connected on his first major league home run, July 20 at Arizona...It was asolo shot off of Barry Enright...Had a career-high seven-game hitting streak from August 3-August 14...Hit.375 (9-24) over the span...Scored a career-high three runs on September 5 at Chicago...Hit the first walkoff home run of his career to give the Mets a 2-1 win onOctober 1 vs. Washington...The solo home run came in the 10th inningagainst Tyler Clippard and was the fourth walkoff home run of the seasonfor the Mets and the third by a Mets catcher...Threw out eight of 22 (36.4%) would-be basestealers with the Mets...Threwout five consecutive base stealers from July 9-August 8...Went 1-14 in his first six games with the Bisons and then hit .305 (43-141)over the rest of his time in Buffalo...Bison pitchers went 27-20 with a 3.99 ERA in his 47 games with Buffalo...Had a season-high four RBI on April 22 at Rochester...Went 3-3 with two doubles, a home run and an RBI on June 14 vs. LehighValley.
Recalled from Binghamton (AA) of the Eastern League on September 1st...Made his first major league start, September 3rd at Colorado and went 2-5 witha double...Collected his first big league hit, a single, in his first at-bat againstJason Marquis in the second inning...Collected his first career RBI with a sacrifice fly in the fourth inning on September8th at Florida...Went 4-4 with a run scored and an RBIin the day game of a split doubleheaderon September 13th at Philadelphia tobecome the youngest catcher in Mets'history to pick up four hits in a game(22 years, 320 days) and was theyoungest, regardless of position, sinceJose Reyes had his sixth career four-hitgame, September 27, 2005...Fashioned six multi-hit games in his15 starts...Had four, two-hit games, athree-hit contest, October 4th vs.Houston and the four-hit game...Threw out one of the four baserunnerswho tried to steal againsthim...Had one RBI in five of his last sixgames...Finished second in the EL with a.328 batting average...At Binghamton, he hit over .300 thefirst four months of the year: April(.383), May (.361), June (.310) andJuly (.348)...Went 5-5 vs. Trenton on May14th...Also had two, four-hit games,April 24th vs. New Hampshire andJuly 27th vs. Altoona...In addition, he had 30 games with two hits, and five contests with three hits...Played one game at first base August 19th vs. New Britain...Threw out 26 of the 86 runners (30 percent) who tried to steal against him withthe B-Mets...Finished second in the Venezuelan Winter League with a .381 (59-155) battingaverage...Had 16 doubles, two triples, three home runs and 28 RBI in 44 gameswith Leones del Caracas.
Spent the season at St. Lucie (A) of the Florida State League...Appeared in 75games behind the plate after spending his first three professional seasonsprimarily at first base...Named to the FSL All-Star team...Went 1-1 in the game at Viera, FL.
Appeared in 103 games at first base and 11 behind the plate.