You can’t take too much stock in Spring Training performances. For instance, there’s left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph. In two one-inning relief appearances, Joseph faced and struck out six batters, which is impressive. Of course the batters he faced were AAA level players and five of them were left-handed. But if a pitcher is going to make a good impression in Spring Training...
Courtesy: Kansas City Royals
KANSAS CITY, MO The Kansas City Royals today prior to the 3 p.m. CDT non-waiver trade deadline acquired minor league left-handed reliever Donnie Joseph and right-handed starter J.C. Sulbaran (SOOL-buh-ron) from the Cincinnati Reds in exchange for right-handed reliever Jonathan Broxton.
Joseph, 24, has appeared at both the Double and Triple-A levels...
Rumor has it that JC Sulbaran was traded for Jonathan Broxton.
I just don’t get it. Broxton has a nice ERA, but he walks 3.5 guys per 9 innings (below average) and strikes out hardly anyone with his 6.3 strikeouts per 9 innings (below average). Those aren’t the types of guys you give up actual talent for. He isn’t an upgrade over JJ Hoover, who you already have. In fact, I...
Keep an eye on Joseph.
Louisville 5 Scranton/Wilkes-Barre 4
Bats (21-44), Last place International League West, 16.0 GB
-Tim Gustafson (W 1-1, 6.00) gave up three earned runs, four total, in five innings for the win. Wirfin Obispo tossed two scoreless. Donnie Joseph struck out two in two perfect innings for his first Triple-A save.
-CF Joey Gathright was 2-5, with...
Billy Hamilton has cooled off a bit, but he still has 40 stolen bases and 37 runs in 41 games. Tony Cingrani and Donnie Joseph are throwing the baseball very well. Joseph looks like a guy who could see a little time in Cincinnati later this year, as he is looking nearly unhittable so far. Other than that there's not a whole lot about which to write home. An honorable mention...
Donnie Joseph shot up the Reds ladder after he was drafted out of the University of Houston. He reached AA by the end of his second season and was named Cincinnati's minor league pitcher of the year. Last year he struggled pitching the entire season against more advanced hitters. This season he's found a solution for Southern League batters while emerging as a dominant AA closer.
Donnie Joseph leads the way with this group of players now that Brad Boxberger is with a new team. Joseph has some of the best stuff of the relievers with an above-average fastball and a plus slider from the left side. He had put up dominating numbers coming up until the 2011 season when his inability to control his slider finally caught up with him. The pitch has very good movement...
Yesterday I decided to dive into some Pitch F/X data for the pitchers out in the Arizona Fall League. I am going to look at each guy individually, then do a little comparison of them all at the end.
Brad Boxberger – RHP – Top Velocity (95.2 MPH)
Boxberger has worked with three pitches so far. From the 1st base view, we can see that the pitches all look very similar until about...
Phoenix lost 9-2 to Scottsdale. There wasn't much of anything going on in the game for Phoenix.
-Donnie Joseph threw two innings, allowing two hits and one unearned run, with a strikeout.
Joseph lowered his ERA to 2.57.
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Phoenix scored in every inning except the 2nd, 3rd, and 5th as they routed Surprise 11-5 on Friday.
-Brodie Greene started at SS and went 1-4 with a double, a run scored, and a walk.
-Donnie Joseph (1-1) pitched a perfect inning with two strikeouts to pick up the win.
Joseph's ERA is 3.38.