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    Caleb Joseph, the Orioles' Crash Davis

    Caleb Joseph will set the record for most games played for the Bowie Baysox in about a week or so. That's not really the kind of record most minor leaguers want to hold, but Joseph is proud of the record though he's hoping to get a shot in AAA or the majors at some point this year.

    During this time, Joseph has proven he can hit AA pitching. But he's proving that he can murder left-handed AA pitching. In 114 PAs against the southpaws, the 27-year old is hitting .425/.466/.651/1.116 with four homers and a 8-13 BB/K ratio.

    Overall Joseph is having an outstanding year at Bowie batting .288/.336/.494/.830 with 18 home runs and 23 doubles in 425 PAs. Despite the good offensive years, the Orioles appear to have soured on him defensively and the signings or acquisition of several veteran backstops this season show he's not high on their list for recall despite the good offensive numbers.

    Joseph can play left field and first base as well so maybe it's time to see if he can put up some numbers in AAA in a super utility/DH/backup catcher role? Afterall, the last time I checked, the Orioles are not exactly killing left-handed pitching right now and maybe Joseph can help out in September?

    Regardless, if the organization has given up on him as a catcher, maybe they should consider moving him in a deal to organization that may give him a chance.  Joseph is never going to win any gold gloves behind the plate as his blocking and throwing can be below average at times, but he calls a decent game and works the mental aspects with his pitchers well.

    Watching Joseph in Bowie is a lot like watching the old Bull Durham movie. Caleb “Crash Davis” Joseph may break a record that few people will notice.

    Maybe one day that managerial job in Visalia will open up? But for now, Joseph continues to chase the dream of playing in the big leagues and will some versatility, power, and the ability to play catcher, you have to imagine at some point someone might just give him that chance.

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Tony Pente

Tony has owned and operated Orioles Hangout since 1996 and is well known for his knowledge of the Baltimore Orioles organization from top to bottom. He's a frequent guest on Baltimore-area sports radio stations and can be heard regularly on the 105.7 FM The Fan. His knowledge and contacts within the Orioles minor league system and the major league baseball scouting industry is unparalleled in the Baltimore media and is known as an expert on the Orioles prospects.