- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 5' 7", Weight 165 lb.
Josh Tols has pitched in the US and Australia.
Tols had a 4-3, 4.87 record in junior college in 2009, striking out over a better per inning. As a sophomore, he improved to 3-4, 3.09 with 71 K in 46 2/3 IP and led the nation in strikeouts per inning. He pitched 2 1/3 shutout innings for his hometown Adelaide Bite in the 2010-2011 Australian Baseball League (3 H, 1 BB, 1 K).
Transferring to Rockhurst University, he was 6-2 with a 3.36 ERA in 2012 and was All-Great Lakes Valley Conference. He redshirted in 2013 due to a shoulder injury. In 2014, he was 4-7 with a 2.60 ERA and struck out 71 in 69 1/3 IP. He led the GLVC in whiffs and was second-team All-Conference. He began his pro career with the Las Vegas Train Robbers then moved to the Trinidad Triggers, both of the Pecos League. He finished the summer at 5-0, 3.28 with 61 K in 60 1/3 IP. He also hit .269/.345/.308.
With Adelaide for the first time in four winters, he was 9-2 with a 2.38 ERA and 46 K in 34 IP as a reliever in 2014-2015. He led the league in wins (two over Scott Mitchinson and Morgan Coombs) and tied for third with 22 games pitched. He was named the ABL Rookie of the Year and Reliever of the Year. He went 2-0 with a 4.55 ERA for the Kansas City T-Bones in 2015.
In 2015-2016, he remained hot for Adelaide (4-1, Sv, 2.23, .200 opponent average). He was 4th in the ABL in ERA (between Scott Mitchinson and Edwin Carl). He then was on the Australian national team roster for the 2017 World Baseball Classic Qualifiers. The team only used six of their 14 pitchers in winning a spot in the 2017 World Baseball Classic; Tols was the only one of the four southpaws not used (the other lefties were Steven Kent and former major leaguers Ryan Rowland-Smith and Travis Blackley). He was also the team's shortest player, two inches behind Trent D'Antonio.