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James Benjamin Gosewisch (born August 17, 1983), nicknamed "Tuffy", is an American professional baseball catcher in the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He previously played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Seattle Mariners. Prior to beginning his professional career, he played college baseball at Arizona State University. Gosewisch has also competed for the United States national baseball team.

Tuffy Gosewisch
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Gosewisch with the Arizona Diamondbacks
Milwaukee Brewers
Born: (1983-08-17) August 17, 1983 (age 35)
Freeport, Illinois
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
August 1, 2013, for the Arizona Diamondbacks
MLB statistics
(through 2017 season)
Batting average.190
Home runs5
Runs batted in30


Amateur careerEdit

Tuffy Gosewisch
Medal record
Men's baseball
Representing   United States
Pan American Games
  2011 Guadalajara National team

Gosewisch attended Horizon High School in Scottsdale, Arizona.[1] He was named to the All-State team in his senior season. Undrafted out of high school, Gosewisch enrolled at Arizona State University, where he played college baseball for the Arizona State Sun Devils baseball team in the Pacific-10 Conference of NCAA Division I. He was named the Tempe Regional Most Valuable Player in the 2005 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, as the Sun Devils reached the 2005 College World Series. That season, he was named a semifinalist for the Johnny Bench Award, given to the best catcher in NCAA Division I.[2]

Gosewisch played for the United States national baseball team in the 2011 Pan American Games,[3][4] winning the silver medal. He also appeared in the 2011 Baseball World Cup.

Professional careerEdit

Philadelphia PhilliesEdit

The Philadelphia Phillies drafted Gosewisch in the 11th round (337th overall) of the 2005 Major League Baseball draft. He made his professional debut with the Batavia Muckdogs of the Class-A Short Season New York–Penn League in 2005. He played for the Clearwater Threshers of the Class A Advanced Florida State League in 2006, and for the Threshers and the Lakewood BlueClaws of the Class A South Atlantic League in 2007. He played for the Threshers in 2008, then served as the regular catcher for the Reading Phillies of the Class AA Eastern League from 2009 to 2012 aside from a stint with the Class AAA Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the International League in 2009. The Phillies invited him to spring training in 2012,[5] but assigned him to Lehigh Valley that season.[6]

Toronto Blue JaysEdit

On July 31, 2012, the Toronto Blue Jays acquired Gosewisch from the Phillies and assigned him to the Class AAA Las Vegas 51s of the Pacific Coast League.[7] He played for Las Vegas for he rest of the season[6] and became a free agent after the season.[citation needed]

Arizona DiamondbacksEdit


Gosewisch signed a minor-league contract with the Arizona Diamondbacks for the 2013 season.[citation needed] He started the season with the Class AAA Reno Aces of the Pacific Coast League. He hit .284 with seven home runs and 33 RBIs for Reno,[6] and the Diamondbacks selected his contract on August 1 and promoted him to the major leagues, where he replaced Arizona catcher Miguel Montero, whom the Diamondbacks placed on the disabled list.[8] Gosewisch made his major league debut the same day. He got his first major-league hit, a single, in the same game.[9] Arizona optioned him back to Reno on August 26, and later recalled him on September 3 after major league rosters expanded to 40 players.[10] Overall, Gosewisch played in 45 games for Arizona in 2013, batting .178 with three RBIs.[6]

Gosewisch and a sliding Matt Holliday in 2015


Gosewisch made the Diamondbacks' 2014 25-man roster;[citation needed] at 30 years of age, it was Gosewisch's first time on an Opening Day roster.[citation needed] He traveled with the Diamondbacks to Sydney, Australia, for the 2014 opening series against the Los Angeles Dodgers, where he pinch hit in the ninth slot in the eighth inning of the second game of the series and flied out to left field.[citation needed] He spent the entire season with the Diamondbacks, appearing in 41 games and batting .225, with one home run and seven RBIs.[6]


Gosewisch began the 2015 season as the Diamondbacks' starting catcher. On June 2, however, he was declared out for the season after tearing his left anterior cruciate ligament.[11] He played in 38 games before his injury, batting .211 with one home run and 13 RBIs.[6]


During spring training in 2016, Gosewisch batted only .132, while catcher Chris Herrmann, who the Diamondbacks had acquired in a trade in November 2015, hit .229.[12] To make room for Hermann to serve as their Opening Day back-up catcher, Arizona optioned Gosewisch to Reno on March 31, two days before the start of the season.[12] Gosewisch hit .342 for Reno, with nine home runs and 26 RBIs.[12] The Diamondbacks called him up, and on July 3 he made his major-league season debut, singling in his first at bat.[citation needed] In 33 games with Arizona, he hit .156, with three home runs and seven RBIs.[12]

Atlanta BravesEdit

Gosewisch was claimed off waivers by the Atlanta Braves on November 18, 2016.[13] Twelve days later, he signed a one-year contract with the team worth $635,000.[14] The Braves designated him for assignment in January 2017.[citation needed]

Seattle MarinersEdit

On January 26, 2017, the Seattle Mariners claimed Gosewisch off waivers.[15][16] He began the season with the Class AAA Tacoma Rainiers of the Pacific Coast League. The Mariners called him up on May 5.[17] He went 2-for-28 (.075) in 11 games for Seattle,[6] and the Mariners optioned him back to Tacoma on May 22.[17] The Mariners designated him for assignment on August 6 and assigned him outright to Tacoma on August 10.[17] During the 2017 season, he hit .229 with four home runs and RBIs in 85 games for Tacoma.[6]

Gosewisch re-signed with Seattle on a minor-league deal on November 6, 2017.[citation needed] He failed to make the major-league roster out of spring training in 2018,[18] and the Mariners released him,[18] on April 5, 2018.[citation needed]

Washington NationalsEdit

On April 13, 2018, Gosewisch signed a minor league contract with the Washington Nationals.[19] The Nationals assigned him to the Class AAA Syracuse Chiefs in the International League.[6] He elected free agency on November 2, 2018.[20]

Milwaukee BrewersEdit

On December 7, 2018, Gosewisch signed a minor league deal with the Milwaukee Brewers that included an invitation to spring training.[21]

Personal lifeEdit

Gosewisch's father gave him the nickname "Tuffy", when he was six months old, because he was an especially destructive baby. "I used to break my crib and fall out and just keep on going and it wouldn't faze me," recalls Gosewisch.[22][23] He met his wife, Kyleyn, at Arizona State.[24]


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  2. ^ "#1 in College Sports". Retrieved August 2, 2013.
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  13. ^ Bowman, Mark (November 30, 2016). "Gosewisch avoids arbitration with 1-year deal". Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  14. ^ O'Brien, David (November 30, 2016). "Gosewisch signs, leaving Braves with 6 arbitration-eligibles". Atlanta Journal Constitution. Retrieved December 1, 2016.
  15. ^ Bowman, Mark (January 26, 2017). "Braves claim O's Walker; lose Gosewisch to M's". Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  16. ^ Divish, Ryan (January 26, 2017). "Mariners claim catcher Tuffy Gosewisch off waivers, Jonathan Aro designated for assignment". Seattle Times. Retrieved January 27, 2017.
  17. ^ a b c Mariners 2017 Team Transactions: Trades, DL, Free Agents and Callups – ESPN
  18. ^ a b Rotowire Staff, "Nationals' Tuffy Gosewisch: Signed by Washington,", April 14, 2018, 4:34 p.m.
  19. ^ Polishuk, Mark (April 14, 2018). "Minor MLB Transactions: 4/14/18". Retrieved April 14, 2018.
  20. ^ Eddy, Matt (November 6, 2018). "Minor League Free Agents 2018". Baseball America. Retrieved November 12, 2018.
  21. ^ [1]
  22. ^ Barkowitz, Ed (July 12, 2011). "Five minutes with Tuffy Gosewisch". Retrieved April 3, 2014.
  23. ^ "Pitch and catch with … Diamondbacks' Tuffy Gosewisch". Retrieved November 22, 2016.
  24. ^ "Catching CrossFit". Retrieved November 22, 2016.

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