Tommy Joseph is hitting .344/.358/.672 with five home runs in 64 at-bats for Triple-A Lehigh Valley.
Joseph fell off the prospect map due to a series of concussions that forced him to miss significant amounts of time and ultimately required him to move from behind the plate to first base. If he keeps producing there will be an opportunity for him in the majors once the Philadelphia Phillies decide to move on from Ryan Howard. Howard is in the last year of his deal, but the Phillies could decide to cut him at some point if his struggles continue.
Joseph missed three months of the 2015 season due to a concussion and could not seem to find any sort of groove when he did step foot on the diamond. The 24-year-old batted .193/.220/.301 in 45 games with Triple-A Lehigh Valley last season and was not invited to spring training for the first time since 2010. Joseph also struggled during his other stint in Triple-A, batting .209 in 67 at-bats during the 2013 season. Joseph is 6-for-19 through six games this year with Lehigh Valley. It's highly unlikely that Joseph will be called up to the majors until he proves he can handle Triple-A pitching for a period of time.
Tommy Joseph was outrighted off the 40-man roster Monday.
Joseph struggled mightily at Triple-A this season, hitting just .193 in 45 games while missing three months with a concussion. The catcher-turned-first baseman hit just .209 in his only other Triple-A stint in 2013, but could get the chance to begin his 2016 campaign at the minors' highest level once again.
Joseph -- a former catcher who transitioned to first base because of concussions -- will head to Class A Clearwater to continue his recovery.
Concussions have forced
Joseph has suffered a series of concussions since 2010, the most recent when he was hit with a foul tip in May.
Joseph will make the transition to first base.
“It’s not a sad day,” said Joe Jordan, the Phillies director of player development. “He’s healthy. He feels good. Not only the concussion stuff, but there was some vision deficiencies that they were able to address that may have been a result of some of his concussions. Tommy’s in great spirits.”
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