|Miami Marlins – No. 48|
22 January 1988 |
Geelong, Victoria, Australia
|Bats: Left||Throws: Left|
|June 24, 2011 for the San Diego Padres|
(through 2012 season)
|Earned run average||3.15|
Spence was drafted by the Padres in the ninth round of the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft out of Arizona State University. He was also drafted on two previous occasions, in 2008 by the Arizona Diamondbacks and 2009 by the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, but did not sign either time.
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. 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.
The Padres designated Spence for assignment after the 2012 season. The New York Yankees claimed Spence off waivers on November 6. He was designated for assignment by the Yankees on December 14. He signed a minor league deal with the Miami Marlins in December 2013.
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.
- Dierkes, Tim. "Padres Designate Luis Durango For Assignment". MLBTradeRumors.com. Retrieved 21 June 2011.
- Australian Players who have reach the US Majors Flintoff and Dunn
- "PITCHf/x Player Card: Joshua Spence". BrooksBaseball.net. Retrieved 5 May 2012.