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Second baseman Josh Tobias had a strong start to his pro career being a Williamsport Crosscutters star in 2015

The Phillies are excited about the possibility of second baseman Josh Tobias potentially becoming a premium prospect in their organization. If his first season is any indication, the 23-year old could meet those expectations.

Coming out of the University of Florida, Josh Tobias had plenty of experience and game time in big situations. After turning down an offer from the Washington Nationals, who drafted him out of high school in 2011, Tobias wound up being drafted by the Phillies in the 10th round of the 2015 Draft and signed quickly with the team.

In his four years as a Gator, Tobias hit a combined 11-82-.300/.377/.422, playing in 212 games. Last summer with Williamsport, Tobias played in 61 games and hit .321/.366/.475 with the Crosscutters, also chipping in with four home runs and 37 RBI. In his first season with the Gators, Tobias was named to the SEC All-Freshman team, but struggled in both his sophomore and junior seasons because of injuries. After being eligible in the 2014 Draft, Tobias wasn't taken and returned to Florida for his senior season and put up bounce back type numbers, leading the Gators in average (.366) and on-base, plus slugging (1.004).

The hitting approach at the plate is really very simple; put the bat on the ball. Defensively, Tobias played primarily at third in college and had some struggles at the position, but overall, was passable. Moving around the infield positions in college, gives Tobias some familiarity with those spots and makes him more versatile. The Phillies believe he lacks the defensive quickness to play at third long-term and believe he's better suited for second base. 

While he's just 5' 10", Tobias projects to develop decent power and show some athleticism. His speed is average and he figures to be considered reliable defensively once he settles in completely to playing second base. Some scouts predicted he would go as high as the fifth round in 2015, but fell all the way to the 10th, where the Phillies grabbed him. As a college senior, he was a relatively cheap and easy sign, who could wind up paying pretty sizable dividends for the Phillies.

Josh Tobias minor league stats

YearTmGABRH2B3BHRRBISBCSBBSOBAOBPSLG
2015 Williamsport 61 240 31 77 19 3 4 37 12 10 14 42 .321 .362 .475
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Generated 3/1/2016.

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