Showing posts with label Josh Thole. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Josh Thole. Show all posts

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Thole turns to Mirabelli for Help


The NY Daily News reports that Josh Thole has been in contact with former catcher Doug Mirabelli for tips on catching R.A. Dickey's knuckleballer pitch. Mirabelli was Red Sox pitcher Tim Wakefield's personal catcher in Boston. Dickey and Wakefield are close, and it was Dickey who gave Mirabelli's contact information to young Thole hoping that the referral would lead to progress in catching as well as an abundance of defensive tips and tricks. "It will be great to see what he has to say," Thole said. After showing last season that he could handle the knuckleball, Thole has regressed this season- leaving some to speculate that Ronny Paulino would take over the number 1 catching spot on the team. "There is going to be plenty of work for both of those guys," Collins said. "I don't think anybody works any harder than Josh Thole at trying to figure out what you have to do to get a hitter out."

Friday, May 06, 2011

Mets Unhappy With Thole


Josh Thole's days of being the Mets number 1 catcher seem to be coming to a close with the recent success of Ronny Paulino behind the plate. Last Night in a Mike Pelfrey win over the San Francisco Giants, Pelf praised Paulino's leadership and game calling stating that he thought Paulino was "very good back there today and he obviously deserves a lot of credit, he called a pretty good game." Pelfrey added that he and Paulino were in sync in pitch selection, "there were times when I would have the slider grip in my glove and he would put it down, and I'd be like O.K. Lets do it!" Thole who has been benched for struggling both offensively and defensively, will be back in the lineup on Friday Against the Dodgers. According to The New York Times,
Manager Terry Collins said that he was confident that Thole would break out of his catching slump and he may start playing like Johnny Bench. In that case, the Mets would go back to the platoon with Thole starting against righties. If Paulino shows success against righties and if he plays more, the Mets have to decide if they want Thole as a part-time player in the major leagues, or to temporarily go to Class AAA Buffalo to catch every day and work on his craft. The idea has been discussed within the last week. If they sent Thole down to the minors, they would likely call up Mike Nickeas, whom the Mets consider an excellent defensive catcher. But Paulino has done well, too, albeit in a brief sample.

In the last three games Paulino has started, Mets starters have allowed just three earned runs in 21 innings for a 1.29 earned run average.

Meanwhile, in addition to the problems Thole, a converted catcher, has had throwing out runners and allowing some passed balls, the Mets have been unhappy at times with some of his pitch calling. On April 6, they were dismayed when Pelfrey admitted to getting away from his two-seam fastball and taking the blame for it. The Mets were concerned at the time that he and Thole were not on the same page, and Collins spoke to both about it.

Then last Friday against the Phillies, with Ryan Howard at the plate, Thole called for a fastball from Dillon Gee, instead of his best pitch, the changeup. Howard hit the fastball for a home run. Afterward the Mets’ hierarchy was upset with both Gee and Thole for the pitch selection.

Bye Bye Josh.

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 23 - Mets at Nationals


Josh Thole - New York NL - 2010 Home AlternateImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
Final Score: New York 6, Washington 4

Josh Thole hit a two-run double and drove in three as the New York Mets got past Washington, 6-4, in the opener of a three- game set at Nationals Park.

Carlos Beltran and David Wright also drove in a run each for the Mets, who upped their season-best winning streak to five games.

Ryota Igarashi (1-0) recorded the final out of the fifth for the win in relief of Chris Young. Activated from the 15-day disabled list just before game time, Young lasted just 4 2/3 innings, charged with four hits and three runs, but also drove in one.

Wilson Ramos hit a pair of homers and Jayson Werth also went deep for the Nationals, who have dropped five of six.

Jordan Zimmermann (1-4) allowed nine hits and five runs over his 5 1/3-inning start.

Box Score: Click Here
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Sunday, April 17, 2011

Recap: 2011 Regular Season Game 16 - Mets at Braves (Mets Win, Break Losing Streak)


Josh Thole - New York NL - 2010 Home AlternateImage by BaseballBacks via Flickr
Final Score: New York 3, Atlanta 2

Josh Thole had a pair of run-scoring singles, as the New York Mets snapped their seven-game slide with a 3-2 win over the Atlanta Braves in the finale of a three-game set at Turner Field.

Jose Reyes had a pair of hits and scored twice, while Ike Davis went 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI single for the Mets, who won for the first time since defeating Washington, 8-4, on April 9.

Dillon Gee (1-0), taking the spot in the rotation for Chris Young, who was placed on the 15-day disabled list on Saturday with biceps tendinitis, gave up one run on five hits with a pair of walks over 5 2/3 effective innings. The right-hander struck out four. Francisco Rodriguez locked the game down in the ninth despite allowing the leadoff hitter to reach. It was his second save of the season.

Jason Heyward had a solo homer and rookie Freddie Freeman added a run-scoring single to account for the offense for Atlanta, which has split its last six games overall.

Tommy Hanson (1-3) threw five innings, allowing three runs on five hits with a pair of walks and fanned nine, but was tagged with the loss.

Box Score: Click Here
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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 30 - St.Louis vs Mets


Josh Thole
Final Score: NY Mets 16, St. Louis 3 

Angel Pagan's three-run shot in the fourth inning was one of five New York home runs, as the Mets rocked the Cardinals, 16-3, in Grapefruit League play.

Matt Den Dekker added a three-run blast, David Wright hit a two-run shot in the bottom of the first, while Brad Emaus and Josh Thole contributed solo homers in the rout.

Chris Capuano picked up the win after allowing eight hits and two earned runs over five innings, in which he fanned four.

Yadier Molina finished with two hits and an RBI, while Skip Schumaker hit a run-scoring double for the Cardinals.

Jaime Garcia was rocked in defeat for 14 hits and 10 runs -- only three earned -- in four frames. 

Box score Click Below

Monday, March 21, 2011

Tempering expectations for Thole


Now that public enemies number one and two, Oliver Perez and Luis Castillo, have been shipped out, Mets fans will be ravenous for a new scapegoat to despise.

Mets fans can be so harsh, if Mother Teresa was alive and she was invited to throw out the first pitch at Citi Field, we might boo her if she doesn’t paint the outside corner with 90 mph heat.

For some reason which is hard to pinpoint, it feels like expectations might be ballooning a bit quickly for one Met. So we don’t accidentally lynch him for not being the next Joe Mauer, now might be a good time to outline some reasonable expectations for our young catcher Josh Thole, from which we can use as a measuring stick for his season.

Let’s first take age. Thole is entering his age 24 season. He is still a few years away from his physical prime, and he has played less than 100 games at the big league level so he is still quite inexperienced. If Thole does not have a big season, it does not mean he is not going to be a solid big leaguer. Jorge Posada only played eight games during his age 24 season and look what he turned into.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 15 - Mets vs Florida


Final Score: NY Mets 9, Florida 4 

Jordany Valdespin and Kai Gronauer each hit three-run homers during the New York Mets' 9-4 victory over the Florida Marlins in Grapefruit League action.

Josh Thole went 2-for-3 with two runs batted in while Willie Harris had two hits and scored once for the Mets, who saw three scoreless innings from starting pitcher Dillon Gee. He also had two strikeouts while scattering three hits.

Ozzie Martinez had a good day at the plate with three hits and a run scored while Chris Coghlan and Emilio Bonifacio each had a hit and an RBI in the loss.

Starter Anibal Sanchez gave up three runs on five hits in 3 2/3 innings of work. 

Box score: Click here

Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Recap: Spring Training Game 14 - Hou vs Mets


Final Score: NY Mets 7, Houston 2

Josh Thole and Kirk Nieuwenhuis both hit two-run homers as the New York Mets took down Houston, 7-2, in Grapefruit League action.

Daniel Murphy also drove in a pair of runs for New York. Starter Chris Young turned in four innings, allowing two runs on five hits. John Lujan picked up the win with a scoreless fifth frame.

J.D. Martinez and Matt Downs clubbed solo homers for the Astros. Ryan Rowland- Smith gave up a hit and two runs with three walks in his three-inning start.

Jordan Lyles was charged with five hits and two runs over three relief innings to take the loss.

Box score:Click Here

Tuesday, February 08, 2011

Thole trying to catch on early


Josh Thole has showed up early to Mets camp simply because he knew he had to get a head start to compete for starting catchers job, even though he has been penciled in as the starter by Terry Collins.

“It was exciting to get out here and be around the guys,’’ Thole told Kevin Kernan of The NY Post Tuesday, at the Mets complex here in Port St. Lucie after catching Chris Capuano during a bullpen session.

Kevin Kernan asked him what he expected from himself this year, Thole said, “I don’t want to come in with an attitude that says, “You’re going to catch every day.”

“I’ve got to come in with the mentality that I’ve always come in with. I know I still have to win a job,’’ Thole said. “If I come out, and don’t play well in the spring on back on the way to Buffalo. Something I try to pride myself on is getting ready and coming down here a week early, just to get acclimated and get my feet wet is important.’’

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Audio: Josh Thole talks to Joe and Evan



Wednesday, January 12, 2011

2011 Mets Top Prospect Depth Chart


Jenrry MejiaImage via Wikipedia
Being it's a snow day for me, I was bored and compiled the 2011 Top Mets Prospects Depth Chart using Macks Mets Top 50 Prospects, BA's Top Mets Prospects and Other Sources.

Some players that have on the depth chart had some Major League time with the Mets last year like Josh Thole, Ike Davis, Ruben Tejada, Lucas Duda, Dillon Gee, Jenrry Mejia.

Click Here to See Depth Chart - Enjoy!

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Sunday, January 09, 2011

2011 Surprise: Who Can Be This Year's Version of R.A. Dickey


“Every year players come out of nowhere to become success stories. Look no further than R.A. Dickey. He signed a minor-league deal last January, became a fixture in the starting rotation in May, and finished the season with 11 victories and a 2.84 ERA. I believe some of our offseason acquisitions can be this year’s version of R.A.”

New York Mets General Manager Sandy Alderson stated this in an e-mail to fans earlier today, and he could very well be projecting the future.

With not much for Mets fans to look forward to this upcoming season, there is always a chance that a proven or unproven player can surprise fans enough to keep their butts in Citi Field.

R.A. Dickey was our success story in 2010, and now we take a look at eight players who could surprise us this season.

Chris Capuano

Coming off two, yes… TWO, Tommy John surgeries, Chris Capuano has something to prove not only to the Mets and their fan base, but also to himself.

The former All-Star and 18-game winner for the Milwaukee Brewers told reporters that he is feeling back to 100 percent and has his eyes on a starting rotation spot on the Mets, which could establish something good for Capuano and the Mets in 2011.

Dillon Gee

Whether from the bullpen or in the starting rotation, Dillon Gee has the potential to become a bigger ‘out-of-nowhere’ success than Dickey.

The former 21st rounder, as opposed to R.A.’s 18th round, Gee was on no ones radar a few years back, and now he has seemed to crack the Mets 25-man roster.

He has shown that he can handle the pressures of the big leagues and if he remains healthy, he can become an integral part of the 2011 Mets rotation.

Taylor Buchholz

Another arm on the Mets to have undergone surgery is newly acquired reliever Taylor Buchholz.

After missing all of 2009 because of elbow surgery, Buchholz split last year between the Blue Jays and Rockies and glimmered with hope, going 1-0 with a 3.75 ERA in nine appearances as a reliever.

If Buchholz can get back to his 2008 form when he appeared in 68 games for the Rockies striking out 56 with a 2.17 ERA, he can be the low-risk/high-reward player the Mets hoped for when they signed him.

Link: Video : MLB.com on Mets Catchers


Pete McCarthy and MLB.com senior correspondent Hal Bodley discuss Josh Thole and the Mets' catching situation in 2011

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Filling the Shoes of Mike Piazza


The Mets are looking at Ronny Paulino to back-up Josh Thole which would form the catching tandem for the 2011 season. I know this post might be a little off topic with all the Hot Stove murmurings going on, but I felt that it would be a good time in lieu of the Mets possibly signing a catcher to remember the career of Mike Piazza. Piazza burst onto to the scene with Los Angeles Dodgers and won the NL Rookie of the Year award in 1993. He put up big numbers for the Dodgers through five full seasons. Then on May 22, 1998, the improbable yet remarkable happened for Met fans. The Mets sent Preston Wilson, Ed Yarnall and Geoff Goetz to the Florida Marlins in exchange for Piazza, who had been traded to the Marlins only a week earlier. Todd Hundley had gone down with an injury so the Mets desperately needed a catcher. Piazza arrived with a bang and immediately became a fan favorite. The Mets locked him up to a seven-year, $91 million contract in 1999, which was a huge contract at the time. In eight years with the Mets, Piazza hit .296 and clubbed 220 home runs, second on the all-time Mets list to Darryl Strawberry. He was a hero to so many Mets fans, young and old. He wasn't exactly a defensive wizard, especially throwing out runners, but he more than made up for that with his potent bat.

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

Collins on: Chris Young, Next Hitting coach, The Mook and More....


According to ESPN NY, Terry Collins confirmed ESPN's report that the Mets are far along in signing free agent right-hander Chris Young.


"We're looking into it pretty heavy," Collins said on WFAN on Wednesday morning.

The manager added that the Mets already are reviewing Young's medical information, a prerequisite to a signing becoming official.

Collins on Hitting Coach, Mookie Wilson:

Collins said the Mets will interview three to four hitting coaches at the winter meetings next week.

According to Collins, There is a "good shot" of  Mookie Wilson being first base coach. Wilson returned to the organization this past season as minor league outfield and baserunning coordinator after four years away from baseball.

He actually served as Mets first base coach from 1997-2002.

Collins on  Johan, Thole, Pedro Feliciano....

The manager estimated a June return for Johan Santana. Santana underwent Sept. 14 surgery to repair a torn anterior capsule in his left shoulder. Sandy Alderson already had been on the record noting Santana would not be ready for the start of the season.

He reiterated that Josh Thole has earned the chance to be the everyday catcher.

While it's hard to envision the Mets outbidding other teams at this point given the payroll constraints, Collins said the Mets "still have a chance to sign" Pedro Feliciano, who declined the Mets' arbitration offer Tuesday.

Friday, November 26, 2010

Thole will be the Starting Catcher next season


Terry Collins, the new skipper of New York, said that Josh Thole will be the team's starting catcher, according to ESPN's Adam Rubin .

Thole, 24, has yet to spend a full season in the majors but did grab 227 plate appearances after being called up in late June. He finished with a .277/.357/.366 line. Thole has no power to speak of, but can hit for average and should improve on the .277 mark. In 59 PA in 2009, Thole had a .321 batting average.

Thole is getting the starting job because of several reasons. The first is that Thole is talented enough and could be the backstop for many years to come. The second is that the Mets don't have much payroll flexibility thanks to the onerous contracts engineered by Omar Minaya.

And lastly, as Collins says, Thole increased drastically as a signal-caller last season.
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