Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Phillies' prospect Tommy Joseph impresses

Catching prospect Tommy Joseph jumps into Phillies-Nationals rivalry, fits right in.

Phillies' prospect Tommy Joseph impresses

Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)
Phillies catching prospect Tommy Joseph. (David Maialetti/Staff Photographer)

Roy Halladay. Stephen Strasburg. Tommy Joseph.

Wait, what? 

Two of the most talked about and talented pitchers in baseball and the catching prospect the Phillies got in the Hunter Pence trade. What do they have in common?

They were the three most talked about names following the Phillies 6-3 win over Washington in Wednesday's exhibition in Clearwater.

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Halladay and Strasburg were there usual selfs, dominant at times. They even produced some good spring theater with a Grapefruit League version of the Harper-Hamels beanball, old-school baseball, fake-tough battle from 2012.

Joseph, meanwhile, got the opportunity to catch Halladay and hit against Strasburg. And he starred on both sides of the plate.

Behind it, Joseph caught all nine innings, including four shutout frames from Halladay. He threw out a runner attempting to steal and caught two foul balls with a tricky wind at play at Bright House field.

At the plate, Joseph went 3-for-4, including two hits off Strasburg. Joseph is hitting .462 (6-for-13) with a home run and two doubles in six games this spring.

"It’s my first time getting to play in front of this major league coaching staff and obviously the GM, front office and everybody," said the 21-year-old Joseph, who played at Double-A in 2012. "I’m just trying to open eyes and play as hard as I can and hopefully everything falls into place."

Joseph is considered the Phillies catcher of the future. On Wednesday, the future looked bright. 


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