Caleb Joseph, catcher

Is he still a prospect? Will he play in the major leagues?

He’s sort of in limbo; he’s not exactly a prospect but not quite yet a minor-league lifer. A catcher, he reached his peak as the Orioles’ #10 prospect after his 2009 season at Frederick (according to Baseball America), and there were questions about how the Orioles would use both him and Matt Wieters. He didn’t hit well at Bowie in 2010 or 2011, and started 2012 at Bowie before being promoted to Norfolk when injuries hit the catching corps. He didn’t hit at Norfolk and returned to Bowie, where he did hit much better than he had in 2010 and 2011.

He’ll turn 27 in June 2013. He has no chance of becoming a big-league regular, almost no chance of becoming a long-term big-league backup, and has probably only a 25% chance or so of even having a cup of coffee.


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