Monday, January 11, 2010

Giants Top 50 Prospects #8: Tommy Joseph

#8 Tommy Joseph. C. B-R, T-R. BD: 07-16-1991. 6'1", 210 lbs.

2009 stats: DNP

Tommy Joseph was one of the top power-hitting prospects in the 2009 draft making a name for himself by holding his own in a HR contest that included the non-human Bryce Harper. It's unclear why he fell to the Giants in the second round, but when they looked up at their draft board and saw him still there, they grabbed him and signed him to bonus of a bit more than $700K.

The real buzz about Joseph started when a video of him hitting a HR in an Arizona Instructional League game showed up at and on He showed patience at the plate, waited for his pitch and then walloped it out of the park with a short, compact yet powerful swing that got Giants fans, starved for a power hitter, to salivating in anticipation. It was apparently more than just that one HR too. Andy Baggerly in his BA Scouting Report: "Nobody inspired more buzz among Giants coaches in instructional league than Joseph, who put on a tape-measure show in Arizona.

His swing should adjust quickly to wood bats, and his bat should play at 1B if he can't stick at catcher.


  1. Bryce Harper is the non human prepster that went the junior college route this year skipping his senior year of high school so that he can play in the majors all the sooner.

  2. Corrected. I had a feeling I didn't have it right. Shoulda' looked it up.

  3. It's impressive you write this from memory. I love the list and cant wait to see where tommy starts the year.

    Hey do you think you could add to the top 50 list of where you expect each player to start the year (rookie ball, SS A, A-,A+ ,AA ,AAA, San Francisco) and where you would like/hope to see them playing by the end of the year or estimated year of arrival at the big leagues? If this is too much work just ignore it, but I feel you are pretty spot on with you analysis and would be interesting to read about it.

  4. I can do that, but keep in mind that the Giants have their own way of doing things and it's not necessarily what seems obvious to me. Not saying they're wrong, just that they don't always follow the expected script. Thanks for the suggestion.

  5. Oh, based on reports of how he hit in instructional league, I would expect Tommy Joseph to open the year in low A Augusta.

  6. Awesome, I was hoping he would be in full season ball somewhere

  7. I hope he makes it to SJ this year, I would love to be able to see him.