Roy Halladay is not the most talkative of pitchers. You won’t find him yapping trash talk, or even see the simmering confidence of Cole Hamels when admitting to purposely plunking Bryce Harper last May.
He’s soft-spoken in interviews, the kind that makes you turn up the volume on your recorder just to be able to hear. So, when rookie catcher Tommy Joseph wanted to chat with Halladay during the game Wednesday, it showed his greenness.
“He wanted to talk a lot in between innings, which really isn’t my thing,” Halladay said to laughter. “But I didn’t mind it because he was just trying to get a feel for what I wanted to do and things like that. I thought he did a great job.”
Joseph started the juggernaut pitching matchup in the Phillies’ 6-3 win against the Nationals on Wednesday, as Halladay took the mound opposite Stephen Strasburg.
“It was awesome,” Joseph said.
Much like Cody Asche appears to be the Phillies’ third baseman of the future, Joseph looks to be that guy behind the plate. The 21-year-old is a consensus top-five prospect in the Phillies organization, and hit .257 with 11 homers and 48 RBIs in Double-A last year.
Phillies: Joseph elicits high praise
Courier-Post | Mar 7