By Steve Kelly
The new Phillies front office regime has once again shown how different it is from its slow-walking predecessors, who kept prospects in the minors forever so as to save money on later contracts.
Tommy Joseph was promoted today to the Phillies active roster.
He will join the club as they begin a nine-game home stand tonight against Cincinnati, according to Jayson Stark of ESPN.
His play in spring training and at Triple-A Lehigh Valley has certainly warranted the call-up, and his long struggle against injury makes his impending debut, likely tonight against Brandon Finnegan, quite the feel-good story.
Joseph is just 24 years old this year, and has been off his game the past few days, going just 2 for his last 16, but he’s had quite a start to 2016 at the plate.
He has seven doubles and six homers, to go with lackluster BB Rate of 4% and a good K Rate of 12% in 100 PAs. His .981 OPS ranks him at the top of the International League, and he’s hit his way to a crazy 196 wRC+.
To make room for Joseph on the 25-man roster, Darin Ruf will likely be optioned to Lehigh Valley.