Joshua Patrick William Spence (born 22 January 1988) is an Australian former professional baseball pitcher. He pitched in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the San Diego Padres.

Josh Spence
Born: (1988-01-22) 22 January 1988 (age 31)
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
Batted: Left Threw: Left
MLB debut
24 June, 2011, for the San Diego Padres
Last MLB appearance
11 May, 2012, for the San Diego Padres
MLB statistics
Win–loss record0–3
Earned run average3.15


Spence enrolled at Central Arizona College, and played for their baseball team in 2007 and 2008. He was selected in 25th round of the 2008 draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks but did not sign.[citation needed] He transferred to Arizona State University to play for the Sun Devils for the 2009 season going 10-1 with a 2.37 ERA, where he joined Mike Leake and Seth Blair in the Sun Devils' starting rotation. He was selected in the 3rd round of the 2009 draft by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but did not sign.[1] He sat out the 2010 ASU season with an undetermined injury. After the 2010 season, he played collegiate summer baseball with the Cotuit Kettleers of the Cape Cod Baseball League.[2] He was drafted by the Padres in the ninth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, and signed with them for a $100,000 bonus.[citation needed]

He was called up by San Diego on 21 June 2011, after they designated Luis Durango for assignment to make room for him on the 40-man roster.[3] Spence made his debut on 25 June 2011 in the top of the ninth inning against the Atlanta Braves; he faced three All-Stars in Jason Heyward, Chipper Jones, and Brian McCann, setting them down in order. He became the 29th Australian to reach the Majors and first pitcher since Rich Thompson debuted for the Angels in 2007.[4]

The Padres designated Spence for assignment after the 2012 season. The New York Yankees claimed Spence off waivers on 6 November.[5] He was designated for assignment by the Yankees on 14 December. He signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins in December 2013. On 1 April 2014, he was assigned to AAA New Orleans Zephyrs. He was released on 20 May 2014. He is currently the Minor League Pitching Coach for the San Diego Padres short season affiliate.

Pitching styleEdit

Spence is a finesse pitcher, relying on pitch location and movement rather than overpowering speed. His two main pitches are a sinker averaging about 84 mph and a slider averaging 78. He also has a changeup at 76-77 mph that he uses often against right-handed hitters.[6]


  1. ^ Martinez, Robert (22 November 2012). "Rock Falls graduate regains control in Arizona: Blair fall pitching project". Retrieved 16 April 2014.
  2. ^ "Major League Baseball Players From the Cape Cod League" (PDF). Retrieved 9 January 2020.
  3. ^ Dierkes, Tim. "Padres Designate Luis Durango For Assignment". Retrieved 21 June 2011.
  4. ^ "Flintoff & Dunn's AUSTRALIAN MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL". Flintoff and Dunn. Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  5. ^ "Error - Winnipeg Free Press". Retrieved 7 September 2016.
  6. ^ "PITCHf/x Player Card: Joshua Spence". Retrieved 5 May 2012.

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