Philadelphia Phillies (MLB): The "Ruf"fled Offseason Thread
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12-17-2012, 05:58 PM
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Joseph is a catcher that has a chance to be a pretty good hitter, decent defensively, and a very good thrower. That's a lot to like. He very well could turn out to be just average, but a catcher with his kind of ability is too much to overlook.
I just don't see why Joseph is THAT much more highly thought of than Valle. Defensively, Joseph has thrown runners out better than Valle, but Valle has been better overall (though Joseph has gotten better since his 19 PB in 65 games in A in 2010). Offensively, they both have had similiar numbers (though admittedly with a 1 year age difference skewed towards Joseph) at every level (with A+ being the one marked difference with a 80 point OPS difference in Joseph's favor) particuliarly last year in AA (.715 vs. .716 OPS). Joseph takes walks better, but Valle has more power and, imo, the former is teachable and the latter is not.
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