Joel Naughton

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Joel Matthew Naughton

  • Bats Left, Throws Right
  • Height 6' 1", Weight 178 lb.

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Joel Naughton has spent four seasons in the minors through 2008.

Naughton was signed by the Philadelphia Phillies in August 2003 out of the Australian Baseball Academy. He was 2 for 10 for the Queensland Rams in the 2005 Claxton Shield at age 18. He then made his pro debut with the GCL Phillies, hitting .275/.313/.341 in 29 games. In the 2006 Claxton Shield, he hit .292/.320/.333 for Queensland and was their starting catcher as they won the title. He struggled that summer, only batting .206/.268/.265 for the Batavia Muckdogs.

In the 2007 Claxton Shield, Joel hit .222/.278/.318 while rotating as a C/DH with Andrew Utting. That summer, he hit .259/.335/.352 as a backup for the Lakewood BlueClaws. His batting line for Queensland in 2008 was .316/.366/.474.

Added to the Australian national team for the 2008 Final Olympic Qualification Tournament, Naughton was 0 for 11 with a walk and an error as the primary catcher ahead of Matthew Kent and Utting. Australia failed to advance to the 2008 Olympics with a poor tournament showing.

Naughton was back in Lakewood that summer, hitting .275/.336/.359 as the main backstop for the Blueclaws. In the 2009 World Baseball Classic, he was 0 for 1 as the backup catcher behind Andrew Graham.