Josh Phegley, Catcher, Oakland Athletics, #19
Date of Birth: 2/12/1988
Birthplace: Terre Haute, Indiana
College: Indiana University-Bloomington
Josh Phegley, catcher for the Oakland Athletics, was originally drafted by the Chicago White Sox in 2009. He played in Chicago's minor league system from 2009 through part of 2013 and 2014. In 486 games in the minors, he batted .266 with 494 hits, 112 doubles, 279 RBIs, and 337 strikeouts to 119 walks. Defensively, as a catcher in 440 games, he made 332 assists, 3,462 putouts, and 29 errors. He caught players trying to steal an impressive 47% of the time and he had a .992 fielding percentage.
Phegley played in 65 games with the White Sox in 2013. He had a .206 batting average with 42 hits. Defensively, he fared much better, making 29 assists, 415 putouts, and 5 errors in 64 games as a catcher. He caught players trying to steal 30.2% of the time and he had a .989 fielding percentage. In 2014, he played in just 11 games with the White Sox.
Phegley was traded to the Athletics on December 9, 2014. He finished the 2015 season with a .249 batting average, 56 hits, 16 doubles, and 34 RBIs in 73 games. As the Athletics' backup catcher, he made 53 assists, 454 putouts, and 2 errors in 68 games. He caught players trying to steal 39.1% of the time and he had a .996 fielding percentage.
Phegley spent time on the DL in 2016, playing in just 26 games with the Athletics.
Career batting statistics for Phegley through 2016 include:
- 175 games played
- 126 hits
- 73 RBIs
- 116 strikeouts to 24 walks
- .232 batting average
Career fielding statistics for Phegley as a catcher through 2016 include:
- 168 games played
- 108 assists
- 1,108 putouts
- 8 errors
- .321 caught stealing percentage
- .993 fielding percentage