31 Prospects in 31 Days: Caleb Joseph, #28

I like Caleb Joseph a lot. The kid’s got a really strong personality, as you probably saw in that video I just posted.

Actually, you can see it in this video of him taking batting practice, too.

He had a rough year last season upon his promotion to Bowie, which was a little disheartening after all the progress he made in single-A in 2009. His 2010 was cut short by a collision with Giants prospect Thomas Neal at the plate in July, so he went to the Arizona Fall League and ended up hitting .390. He was a taxi squad player, though, so the focus was on his instruction and defense.

Joseph’s defense is actually pretty darn good – it rates higher than his offense, says Baseball America, and he hits for more average than power, something less common in a catcher. However, I was very high on Josh Thole, who hits for average, so I like seeing my catchers hit. It’s a rare skill. He’s played in the outfield and at first a little bit, but for the most part Baltimore still sees him as a catcher. Hopefully someday he’ll end up as the backup to Wieters, which is currently the most you can do in this organization behind the dish.

You’ll be able to see Caleb play in Bowie again to start the season off.

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