July 8, 2012; Kansas City, MO, USA; USA catcher Tommy Joseph hits a two-run double during the fourth inning of the 2012 All Star Futures Game at Kauffman Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Peter G. Aiken-US PRESSWIRE
The Philadelphia Phillies continue purging their outfield of veterans, sending Hunter Pence to the San Francisco Giants. Catching prospect Tommy Joseph, pitching prospect Seth Rosin, and outfielder Nate Schierholtz head to Philadelphia in exchange. Here is a look at the prospects involved.
Tommy Joseph, C: The Giants drafted Joseph in the second round in 2009, out of high school in Scottsdale, Arizona. He showed strong power potential by hitting .270/.317/.471 with 22 homers in the California League in 2011, but hasn't been able to bring all of this pop forward, hitting .260/.313/.391 with eight homers, 25 walks, and 64 strikeouts in 304 at-bats for Double-A Richmond. Despite his middling numbers, scouts like him and he was named to the 2012 MLB All Star Futures Game this summer.
Joseph is a 6-1, 215 pound right-handed hitter, born July 16th, 1991. He has tremendous power potential and scouts believe he'll manifest his power more frequently as he gains experience. He can be impatient, but he usually makes decent contact. Joseph is also well-regarded with the glove, throwing out 48% of runners this year while showing good mobility and the desired leadership skills.
Joseph isn't a sure thing by any means and catchers often have unusual development curves, but there aren't that many potential regular catchers in the minors.
Seth Rosin, RHP: Rosin was drafted by the Giants in the fourth round in 2010 from the University of Minnesota. He currently stands 2-1 with 10 saves and a 4.31 ERA for High-A San Jose, with a 68/18 K/BB ratio in 56 innings.
Rosin is a 6-6, 240 pound right-hander, born November 2nd, 1988. He's been clocked as high as 97 MPH and works consistently in the 91-93 range, mixing in an effective curveball and changeup. He started in college but the Giants have used him primarily as a reliever, since he throws harder in shorter stints. He's got potential as a middle reliever and I think he's ready to move up to Double-A.