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Round 11 (337) - James (Tuffy) Gosewisch

 Scottsdale, AZ

 Arizona State University

School Type/Year

 Four Year College / Senior

Birth Date
Age When Drafted
Signing Status
Signing Date
First Pro Team
 Batavia (NYP League)
2005 School
 Had no remaining college eligibility


Draft History

•  Has never been drafted.

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Amateur Stats

Arizona State University
2005 67 .321 252 81 43 17 2 6 74 28 35 5-8 .411 .476
2004 59 .342 199 68 36 14 1 2 49 31 37 0-2 .439 .452
2003 59 .340 144 49 41 9 0 2 41 22 19 2-2 .442 .444
2002 30 .128 39 5 6 0 0 0 2 4 12 0-0 .209 .128

Summer League - hitting
Anchorage (Alaska)
33 .269 119 32 15 3 0 0 19 2-2 20 19

Horizon High School
2001 - .430 - - - - - 5 30 - - -
2000 - .410 - - - - - - 18 - - -
1999 - .400 - - - - - 3 20 - - -
1998 - .375 - - - - - - - - - -

Professional Stats

2006 Clearwater (A) 95 .252 305 77 32 14 0 9 39 .318 .387
2005 Batavia (S-A) 9 .241 29 7 1 1 0 3 0-0 .290 .241

Amateur Honors

• 2005 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist
• 2005 Arizona State Team MVP and co-Defensive MVP
• 2004 Johnny Bench Catcher of the Year semifinalist
• 2004 Second Team Pac-10 Academic selection
• 2004 Honorable Mention All-Pac-10
• 2004 Arizona State Unviersity Defensive MVP
• 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention Academic selection
• 2003 Pac-10 Honorable Mention Baseball selection
• 2003 ASU Bobby Winkles Award

2001 Arizona Republic Second Team All-State (utility)
2001 All-State
2001 All-Region

Interesting Tidbits

• Goes by the nickname 'Tuffy', given to him by his parents because they were expecting a girl named Tiffany.

• Living up to his nickname, Tuffy was hit in the back of the head by a pitch in a February 2005 game against Baylor. He suffered a mild concussion and several stitches but was back behind the plate the next day.

Quotes (from player)

I don't really have a reaction. It'll be nice to look back on it. I'll feel good tonight but when I wake up tomorrow I'll be ready for another game. I'm not going to dwell on it too much.
- Speaking after he had a good game at the plate (from The East Valley Tribune)

When I go up there I'm not trying to get a hit. I'm just trying to get a pitch that is up and put a pretty good swing on it. I try not to worry about what the outcome is. Whether I hit a line drive at somebody or get a hit, I'm just trying to get a good swing on it. With two strikes I was swinging at a lot of borderline pitches just to stay alive. I was just trying to get him to throw anther pitch and another pitch until I could get one I could handle.
- On his hitting approach
(from Arizona State University)

I feel like I'm kind of a coach on the field. You have to be kind of a Renaissance man out there.
- On his role as a leader (from The Arizona Republic)

They look for different things in the draft. They look for size and tools -- things I might not have... The scouts that have seen me a lot have noticed. I know that it's working, and I know that once they see me day in and day out, they'll appreciate it a little more and be happy.
- Acknowledging his limitations and noting his intangibles (from Arizona State University)

It would be nice if I were bigger and faster, but I can't really control that. I try to control the things I can.
- More on acknowleding his limitations (from The Arizona Republic)

I'm not worried too much about it. If you get drafted, then it's whoever plays best. It's not like whoever has the biggest signing bonus gets to play. As long as I get my shot, I'll be happy with it.

- On getting his chance in pro ball (from Arizona State University)

Quotes (from others)

Medium frame, evenly proportioned. Balanced hitting approach. Avg bat speed, level plane. Simple stroke, line drives to all fields. Solid backstop w/ plus defensive instincts. Soft, sure handed receiver. Quick to drop, works well in dirt.
- from

He's done so much for our team all year that doesn't show up in the box score.
- ASU head coach Pat Murphy (from The East Valley Tribune)

This kid is a real underrated ballplayer. Tuffy doesn't get any accolades. The position he plays is kind of unsung. We realize how important that guy is behind the dish. It's so crucial, like the quarterback of your team, and Tuffy handles it really well.
- ASU head coach Pat Murphy (from The East Valley Tribune)

[Professional teams] are trying to be secretive about how much they like him, but the cat's out of the bag. He's a good senior pick.
- ASU head coach Pat Murphy (from The East Valley Tribune)

They are two different kids, but they have the same core. They just come to play every day and they are underrated players. Tuffy has been the quarterback of this team for three years and to see him do well in a crucial ballgame like this, I'm happy for him.
- ASU head coach Pat Murphy on Tuffy and his older brother Chip (from The East Valley Tribune)

It's huge not having to look over there [first base] and watch the runner. If he goes, Tuffy is probably going to throw him out, so you don't have to worry about it.
- ASU junior left-hander Brett Bordes (from Arizona State University)

Him coming to the [2005] College World Series, now people around the country are going to see how great he is.
- ASU junior left-hander Brett Bordes (from Arizona State University)

He's the most underrated catcher I've ever seen. To me, he's just indispensable. You know that if you throw a ball in the dirt, he's going to block it. He's always going to pick you up.
ASU pitcher Jason Urquidez (from The Arizona Republic)


Official Arizona State Profile  
Gosewisch provides punch
Tuffy the end of a proud line at ASU
Gosewisch leads Sun Devils past Coastal Carolina
Baseball: Unheralded Gosewisch's stock on rise
Unsung catcher comes up big at Tempe Regional
Mask can't hide value of ASU's Gosewisch


Philadelphia loves an underdog and you'd be hard pressed to find a bigger underdog in the 2005 draft than the Phillies eleventh round pick, Tuffy Gosewisch. Going unnoticed and being under appreciated is something Gosewisch has had to deal with his whole career, but that could change in a few years. Armed with a great work ethic and baseball intelligence, Gosewisch finally got a chance to show the nation how good a baseball player he is when he led his Arizona State team into the 2005 College World Series. They didn't win the championship, but Gosewisch received great reviews for his inspired play and leadership.

He's listed generously at 5-foot-11, 190-pounds and doesn't have strong muscular build of the prototypical catcher, but Gosewisch makes up for the lack of physical presence by simply playing the game the way it was meant to be played. In a word (or two), he's "old school". Back in 1981, the Phillies signed a non-athletic, no-power catcher as an undrafted free agent out of UMass-Lowell. They had other catchers in their farm system who were more projectable so they shipped him off to St. Louis in 1984 and he eventually made his way to Pittsburgh. It was there that he played the role of unsung hero, providing leadership, Gold Glove defense, and timely hitting, on some very good Pirate teams in the late 1980s and early 1990s. That player's name is, of course, Mike Lavalliere, someone to whom Gosewisch may most closely compare. The Phillies gave up on Lavalliere but, hopefully, twenty-some years later, when his time has arrived, they won't make the same mistake with Gosewisch.

Defense, game calling, and leadership are Gosewisch' calling cards, tools that don't translate well to the baseball highlight shows of today. But, it's those tools that will endear him to every manager, pitching coach, and pitcher he will work with during his career. Since offense rules the headlines, Gosewisch will probably still be overlooked because he likely won't hit for the high average or provide the power that most teams look for in their catching prospects. What he'll give you offensively are good at-bats and timely hitting, the same things he's been doing for years.

Gosewisch has started his career in Batavia, where he's teaming up with Orlando Guevara and Louis Marson, arguably the Phillies top catching prospect, but he could have easily started off in Lakewood to team with Jason Jaramillo, the Phillies other top catching prospect. This situation, being stuck behind Jaramillo and Marson, may not leave Gosewisch with much of an opportunity to show his wars, at least not in the short term. There is a good chance that he won't become a full-time catcher in the Phillies system until he reaches the upper levels of the farm system. He and Marson probably will continue to share catching duties with Guevara in Lakewood in 2006.

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