Even if last year was a fluke, a historically inept fluke, before that he was a .225ish major league bat with maybe a .280 OBP. At basically 31 I just think we're probably kidding ourselves to think he'll be any different at the major league level than he's proven himself to be (via playing time "earned") so far...
I like Joseph ( he seems like a good guy and He has a great story), however, He struggled offensively before his horrific injury. He seemed to
have trouble squaring up the ball. I am inclined to give him a bit of a pass, but the fact remains that his OPS was .413. One of the positive aspects
of Joseph's game was the fact that He brought a bit of offense to the table when He played in a part time role. I think He needs to OPS at least in
the .650 range to be a decent back up. I hope that his ST performance is an indicator that he has gotten his stroke back.