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Tommy Joseph (Photo: Bill Mitchell/Four Seam Images)


Biographical Data
Player Name:Tommy Joseph
Position:Catcher
School:Horizon HS (Scottsdale, Ariz.)
School Type:High School
Academic Class:Senior
Birthdate:7/16/91
Height:6'1"
Weight:210 lbs.
Bats:Right
Throws:Right
Report Date(s):4/16/09
Game(s):Desert Ridge HS


Focus Area
Comments
Hitting ability:Joseph destroys below-average pitching and really turns it up a notch against better competition. He can use the entire field.
Power:Has light-tower power to the pull side and shows it off in workouts. He should have plenty of power to all fields.
Running speed:Has below-average speed.
Base running:Not a runner; more of a station-to-station type on the basepaths.
Arm strength:He has an above-average arm.
Fielding:This year is the first he's caught full-time after DH-ing and playing first base for most of his high school career. He does have some work to do defensively.
Range:Lacks overall quickness, which limits his agility behind the plate.
Physical Description:Joseph is a big, strong-bodied guy with a big frame, kind of a Chris Snyder type.
Medical Update:Healthy.
Strengths:Excellent bat with plenty of power, both now and in the future. Above-average arm could play behind the plate.
Weaknesses:Hasn't spent much time behind the plate, leaving some to wonder if he can stay back there, especially considering his size and lack of quickness.
Summary:In a deep class of prep catchers, Joseph hasn't gotten a ton of love, though his bat has been making more than enough noise. He's got serious offensive ability with light-tower raw power. He's more of a question mark behind the plate. He's got an above-average arm, but this was the first season he's caught and he lacks overall quickness. His bat likely will play anywhere, but if a team feels he can catch, he could sneak into the first couple of rounds.