Guest Blogger: Josh Thole

Greetings one and all!

First, I guess I will tell you a little bit about myself (if you’re interested otherwise skip to the

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bottom). Obviously, my name is Josh Thole and I am a catcher in the New York Mets minor league system. Currently, I have the opportunity to play in the Arizona Fall League for the Peoria Saguaros. I am 21 years old and was raised in a booming metropolis called Breese, Illinois. Actually, it is a really small town of about 3,000 people right in the middle of farm country. In 2005, I graduated from Mater Dei Catholic High School and was drafted in the 13th round of the 2005 draft by the New York Mets.

As far as my years in pro-ball, each and every year has brought new experiences and helped me learn something that I consider valuable. After being drafted by the Mets, I played my first pro-season in the Gulf Coast League. By far, my first year in pro-ball was the most challenging year both athletically and personally. I had never faced guys throwing at such high speeds while trying to hit with a wooden bat. Also, I was living on my own for the first time. In 2006, I played in Kingsport in the Appalacian League. During this season, I had to adjust to not being an everyday player, something I had never experienced before until then. In 2007, I played in Savannah in the South Atlantic League. In Savannah, I got the opportuinity to play everyday but I was playing primarily first base. In previous years, I had played a few games at first but the season in Savannah really helped me to understand the position. This past season I played in Port St. Lucie in the Florida State League. Here, I also got a another great opportunity to play everyday, However, I made the move from first base back to behind the plate.

While having this great opportunity in the AFL, I have a few goals in mind that I hope to accomplish before the league ends. Before coming to the league, I knew that many of the top pitching prospects in minor league baseball would be in the AFL. I hope to adapt to the pitching and apply what I have learned to future seasons. As far as the catching part of it, this is a great opportunity to catch some of the best arms in minor league baseball. Also, I am getting a better feel on game-calling.

Right now the Peoria Saguaros are 8-4. 

10 Comments

Hey Josh; good to hear from someone who is one of the 2,000 best in the world at what he does. David Wright had a blog once that I read occasionally (I don’t know if it was ghostwritten by a PR man) but he abandoned it after achieving superstardom. Hopefully you’ll do the same.

Here’s to you becoming one of the best 25 people in the world at what you do! (Not one of the 20 best catchers–that would be cool, but not really ideal–but one of the 25 best players.

Hey Josh; It’s nice to be able to communicate with someone who is among the best 2,000 people in the world at what he does.

David Wright used to keep a blog that I occasionally read (though it might have been ghostwritten by a PR man). He abandoned it afeter achieving superstardom. Hopefully you’ll do the same.

Here’s to you becoming one of the best 28 people in the world at what you do–not one of the 28 best catchers, though that would be no small feat–but one of the 28 best players.

Josh you’re one of my sleeper prospects, I really like your bat, but I need to see more improvement on your defense.

Like you said, it’s not really all your fault because the Mets have been switching you back and forth between positions, which isn’t fair, but it looks like now you’ll be given the chance to become a successful catcher.

Good luck in Bingy in 09.

Hey Josh,
I have heard more about you this fall and you have quickly become one of my favorites. I am looking forward to reading more about you and hopefully you can be up with the Mets soon.
Good Luck this fall and next year!
-Ellie

Welcome to the blogosphere, Josh! It’s definitely good to hear from you!

I find it interesting when players change positions over the course of a few seasons, even at a younger age. However, now that you’re back at your natural position of catching, I wish you the best of luck!

Danielle

Hi Josh!
its great to hear how youre doing in the fall league and minors! I hope to see you in NY in the near future!

Josh,
From a Met fan and a coach that you beat in the regional your Sr year it is great to see you having a great run. You have always earned everything that has come your way. Keep up the good work and See you in the “Show” someday.

Hey Josh,

Glad to hear you’re doing great, thanks for introducing yourself to the fans, i’m sure the guys have told you how much we enjoy getting acquainted and totally attached to new players making their way through the minor leagues.

Hope to see you at Citi Field.

Wendy

Hey Josh,
Great to hear that you are doing so well. After coaching you in basketball in the 8th grade, I am glad that you stuck with baseball. It is nice to see that you have found your niche. Stick with it, and keep strong. Good Luck and I am sure I will run into you sometime in the “Large Metropolis” of Breese, IL.

–Casey

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