Joseph Is For Real
While Joseph didn’t receive a vote for rookie-of-the-year, he still slashed an impressive .257/.308/.505 (.813 OPS, 115 OPS+) in 2016.
As mentioned, Joseph was put into a platoon situation his rookie campaign with aging Phillies great, Ryan Howard. While Howard did his fair share of damage vs RHP, and the Phils were more than honorable to an all-time franchise great, Joseph deserved better.
Joseph’s numbers were already decent, but as a starter? Even better. Joseph slashed .270/.315/.535 (.850 OPS, 124 OPS+) with 20 HR and 42 RBI in 74 starts this season. Want more convincing? From the fourth of July on, Joseph slashed .289/.364/.561 (.925 OPS).
Joseph deserved more starters at-bats. But he didn’t get them, luckily for the club, it didn’t hinder his development.