Josh, who made his major league debut with Chicago in 2012 (36 games), is in his eighth professional season after being selected by the Cubs in the first round (third overall) of the 2007 First-Year Player Draft... Owns a .282 batting average (582-for-2,063) with 132 doubles, nine triples, 69 homers and 309 RBI in 562 career minor league contests... Named a Pacific Coast League mid-season All-Star in 2012... Recognized as the ninth-best prospect in the Cubs organization heading into the 2012 season by Baseball America … was tabbed by the publication as the Cubs third-best prospect entering 2010 and the top prospect heading into the 2008 and 2009 seasons... Was the top-ranked position player out of high school by *Baseball America* and Baseball Prospectus in 2007... Among all draft-eligible high school players, selected by* Baseball America* as the best pure hitter in the 2007 draft … was also rated as the second-best power hitter and having the second-best strike-zone judgment... Graduated from Cypress High School (Calif.) in 2007 … was named the 2007 Gatorade Baseball Player of the Year in California... His brother, Christian, was drafted by Oakland in the 10th round of the 2006 draft... Participated in the 2012 Cubs Caravan.
Injuries limited Josh to just 28 games with Triple-A Iowa ... hit .295 (26-for-88) with four doubles, five home runs and 12 RBI while 11 walks contributed to a .380 on-base percentage... Was on Iowa's disabled list, April 9-30, with a back strain and May 26-July 19 with a right oblique strain ... missed the final two months of the season with a right hamstring strain... Had a brief, five-game rehab stint with Rookie League Mesa, July 11-18... Batted .387 (12-for-31) with three doubles and two home runs against left-handed pitching ... hit .246 (14-for-57) with one double and three homers off righthanders... Posted a .292 average (7-for-24) with runners in scoring position... Missed most of Spring Training with an injured left quad.
Josh began the season with Triple-A Iowa and was named to the Pacific Coast League All-Star team before making his major
league debut when he was recalled by Chicago, August 5...In 36 games with the Cubs, he batted .121 (12-for-99) with two
doubles, two home runs, five RBI and two stolen bases.
...Made his major league debut, August 5 in Los Angeles (N.L.) and flew
out to left field as a pinch-hitter in the seventh inning.
...Delivered a pinch-hit two-run double in San Diego, August 7, off Brad
Boxberger for his first career major league hit and RBI.
...Stole his first career base, August 13 vs. Houston.
...Hit his first career home run, August 20 in Milwaukee, off Mark Rogers
... was a solo shot in the fifth inning.
...Hit his second homer, September 9 in Pittsburgh, a solo shot in the
...Reached base three times in the regular season finale, October 3 vs.
Houston ... went 1-for-2 with a run scored while recording his first
career multi-walk effort.
...Began the year with Triple-A Iowa, hitting .304 (126-for-415) with 32
doubles, two triples, 17 home runs and 68 RBI.
...While with Iowa, batted .331 (45-for-136) off left-handed pitching.
...Raised his batting average in each of the first three months of the Triple-A season ... hit .261 (18-for-69) in April, .284 (31-for-109) in May and
.324 (35-for-108) in June.
...Boasted a 16-game hitting streak from June 29-July 17 ... batted .359
(23-for-64) during the stretch.
...Had a .356 on-base percentage and a .513 slugging percentage, good
for an .869 OPS.
...Hit .299 (40-for-134) to go along with three home runs and 50 RBI with
runners in scoring position at Iowa.
Josh batted .283 (127-for-449) with 28 doubles, two triples, 14 home runs and 81 RBI in 129 games with Tennessee, his
first full season at Double-A...Saw action in 100 games at third base, 32 games at first base and
three games at designated hitter...Ranked fourth in the Southern League with eight sacrifice flies and
eighth with 81 RBI and 129 games played...Posted a .333 batting average (47-for-141), six homers and 69 RBI
with runners in scoring position...Recorded a season-best .324 batting average (33-for-102) with two
homers and 27 RBI in 28 August contests...Hit safely in 21 of 24 games with the Mesa Solar Sox of the Arizona Fall
League...batted .360 (26-for-100) with six doubles, four home runs
and 17 RBI...Tallied a .378 batting average (17-for-45) with four walks, three doubles,
five RBI and four runs scored during an 11-game hitting streak,
October 6-25...Named to the AFL Top Prospects Team as a designated hitter...Played in 15 Spring Training games for Chicago and hit .259 (7-for-27)
with two doubles and two RBI.
Josh began the year with Single-A Daytona, hitting .291 in 28 games to earn a promotion to Double-A Tennessee ... all told, hit
.247 with 20 doubles, 10 homers and 39 RBI in 91 games between the two clubs...Ended his time with Daytona on a high note, hitting safely in his final
eight games, posting a .400 average (12-for-30)...Promoted to Tennessee, May 7, but had a slow start ... hit .234 (15-for-
64) in 20 May contests...Suffered a fractured finger on his left hand, July 25 at Mississippi ... was
placed on the minor league disabled list, July 27 through the end of the
season...Played 20 games for the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall League ...
batted .253 (21-for-83) with six doubles, two homers and 13 RBI.
Josh combined to hit .284 (130-for-458) with 19 doubles, 18 homers and 68 RBI in a career-high 120 games between Single-
A Peoria and Single-A Daytona...Hit .316 (85-for-269) with 12 doubles, 15 homers and 46 RBI in 70
games with Peoria before he was promoted to Daytona, June 30 ... he
remained with the D-Cubs the rest of the season...Named to the Midwest League mid-season All-Star team...Batted .338 (23-for-68) off southpaws compared to a .308 average (62-
for-201) against right-handers...Boasted a monthly-best .386 average (44-for-114) with 27 RBI in 29
May contests...Collected five-straight three-hit affairs, May 14-19, hitting .682 (15-for-
22) during the run...Named League's Offensive Player of the Week for May 18-24, hitting
.367 (11-for-30) with seven runs, one double, five homers, 11 RBI and
a .900 slugging percentage...Hit at a .321 clip (42-for-131) with 38 RBI with runners on with the
Chiefs...Went 45-for-189 (.238) after his June 30 promotion to Daytona (50
games)...Hit safely in 14 of 16 games with the Mesa Solar Sox in the Arizona Fall
League ... batted .353 (24-for-68) with four doubles and eight RBI ...
finished the run with a 12-game hitting streak, October 21-November 19.
Spent a majority of the season with Single-A Boise, hitting .328 (85-for-259) with a Northwest League-leading 25 doubles, five
homers and 37 RBI in 61 games ... was a unanimous NWL All-Star Selection and started the All-Star Game at third base...Ranked second with 32 extra-base hits, third with 85 hits and fourth with
a .328 batting average and .498 slugging percentage...Recorded a 25-game hitting streak, July 12-August 19, the longest in
short-season baseball that year ... also had a 15-game streak, June 18-
July 3 ... all told hit safely in 51 of his 60 games...Opened the season with Peoria, batting .214 (3-for-14) with three
doubles and a RBI in four games before joining Boise May 3...Named Baseball America's top prospect in the Northwest League at
Appeared in 14 games with the Rookie-League Cubs and Single-A Boise...Made his professional debut August 21 with Mesa, going 0-for-3 with a
sacrifice fly...Went just 2-for-30 (.067) in seven games with Mesa before his August
29 transfer to Boise...In seven contests with the Hawks, produced a .190 average (4-for-21)
with two walks, two runs and a RBI...Named the Cubs top prospect following the season by Baseball America.