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If you ignored the Phillies for most of the season and especially the second half, no one could blame you since they weren't a good baseball team. That could be a good thing if others did because they might have missed out on what Tommy Joseph did.
The Phillies first baseman showed good skills and is going to be a bargain in 2017 fantasy baseball drafts. Based on what the Phillies did in the off-season, they are trusting Joseph to be the every day first baseman in 2017.
Joseph got off to a great start in 2016, crushing Triple-A pitching, hitting .347 with 11 runs, six home runs, 17 RBIs and a .981 OPS in 95 at-bats. In the majors, he had 315 at-bats and played in 107 games. He batted .257 with 47 runs, 21 home runs, 47 RBIs and an .813 OPS. Joseph has legit power and hits a lot of fly balls. He had a 45.1 percent fly ball rate and hard hit rate of 36.6 percent. For the season, Joseph struck out 21.6 percent of the time and had a walk rate of 6.3 percent.
The one concern some might have for Joseph, a former top catching prospect, is the potential for a platoon at first base, but he was able to handle right-handed pitching well. He hit 14 of his 21 home runs against righties. Joseph batted .281 with a .912 OPS in 89 at-bats against left-handed pitching and hit .248 with in 226 at-bats with a .774 OPS.
As the season went on, he drew more walks and struck out less. In his first 153 at-bats, he had 40 strikeouts and just six walks. In his final 162 at-bats, Joseph had 35 strikeout and 16 walks. It's a great sign to see him make positive adjustments during the season.
Joseph was one of the key pieces acquired in the 2012 deal involving Hunter Pence. Joseph then had several injuries, including concussions that ended his days as a catcher.
While the Phillies are rebuilding, there are some interesting fantasy players that need to be on your radar. Joseph is one of them and he's going to be an excellent value. Joseph is going any where from rounds 15-18. In a mixed league, you can draft him as a corner infielder and potentially get a 30 homer player.