Catcher Josh Thole had a breakout year at the plate in A St. Lucie. Prior to the 2008 season, Thole never had the position all to himself. In 2007, Thole had to split time with Francisco Pena, and boy how he developing, or should I say not developing. Prior to the start of the 2008 season Thole did not have the starting job and was set to split time with Sean McCraw and Jason Jacobs. While McCraw and Jacobs struggled, Thole began to hit. As the all star break arrived Thole was hitting a mediocre but fine for a catcher average of .262. Then Thole really performed, he hit .333 after the break raising his average to .300 for the year and also ending with 25 doubles, 5 home runs, 56 rbis, 38 strikeouts, and 45 walks in 111 games. Anytime a player has more walks then strikeouts, you know he is putting together good at-bats.
The soon to be 22 year old was selected by the Mets in the 13th round of the 2005 First-Year Player Draft out of high school. Thole had a slow start to his career but has finished up the season strong and received FSL Mid and Post Season All-Star. The 6 foot 1, 190 pound righty hits lefty and will split time this season in Arizona. But with the Mets lack of depth in catchers in there farm system, Thole is at the top of the list and if he continues to improve he might see playing time in a year or two, especially if he continues to hit.