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9 Tuffy Gosewisch C
Height/Weight: 5-11/197 | Birthdate: 8/17/1983 | Birthplace: Freeport, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Arizona | College: Arizona State | MLB Experience: 3 | Owned/Started%: 2/1 | Average Draft Position: 9999
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Diamondbacks C Gerald Laird scratched Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/11/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Gerald Laird was scratched from Saturday's lineup against the Dodgers and replaced by Tuffy Gosewisch.

Laird was the preferred option to work behind the plate with rookie Archie Bradley slated to make his major-league debut, but he is been dealing with back tightness, the team announced. If the team thinks he'll need more than a few days to recover after re-evaluating him Saturday, he could be placed on the disabled list, the Arizona Republic reports.

The Diamondbacks are heavy underdogs (+185) against the Dodgers Saturday.


Blake Lalli battling for backup catcher spot with Diamondbacks


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/27/2015) The Diamondbacks aren't sure if they're keeping two catchers or three, and the only certainty is that Tuffy Gosewisch is starting.

Entering the final week of spring training, Blake Lalli is battling Gerald Laird and Jordan Pacheco for a roster spot. 

"You just keep playing and try not to look into things, because it's impossible," Lalli said per MLB.com's Steve Gilbert. "I feel like if you do your job on the field, that's all you can do for sure. I know it sounds cliche, but it's true. I try not to pay attention to decisions that aren't mine. ... You can look around and see and kind of figure you're in it."


D-Backs name Tuffy Gosewisch as starting catcher


(3/23/2015) The Diamondbacks announced Monday that longtime minor leaguer Tuffy Gosewisch will be their starting catcher on Opening Day, according to AZCentral.com

Drafted in 2005, Gosewisch has spent virtually his entire pro career in the minor leagues, playing in 14 MLB games in 2013 and 43 in 2014.

"I don't know which other way we would go," Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said.

In his 55 career games for the Diamondbacks, Gosewich has hit .213 with one home run and 10 RBI in 174 at-bats.


Hale: Gosewisch, Laird leading D-Backs catcher competition


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/20/2015) Diamondbacks manager Chip Hale spoke about the team's catcher competition Thursday, proclaiming Tuffy Gosewisch and Gerald Laird as the current leaders, MLB.com reports.

"Tuffy, to me, is running with it, and so is Gerald," Hale said. "I would say they're the two guys that are leading the pack. We haven't decided anything yet."

One of the reasons Laird signed with the Diamondbacks was a legitimate chance to win a roster spot, and he's established himself as a viable option for the team.

"He has just come in and done everything we've asked," Hale said. "What's impressed me is his catching. He's done a good job handling our staff, and he's had some really good at-bats. He looks fresh."

Blake Lalli or Jordan Pacheco may also be able to stick on the roster as well as a third catcher, due to their ability to play other positions.


Eight catchers vying for Diamondbacks' job


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2015) Eight catchers are in Major League camp with the Diamondbacks, and manager Chip Hale said that any combination of them could make the final roster. 

24-year-old Peter O'Brien is a former second-round draft pick of the Yankees, who was dealt to the D-Backs last season. He's one of the top prospects in the organization and will get extensive playing time, either at the Major League level or in the minors until he's ready to take the starting job on the big club.

35-year-old Gerald Laird is a non-roster invitee. He'll likely serve as a backup if he makes the roster. 

"We know what Gerald can do," Hale told Steve Gilbert of MLB.com. "We just need to make sure that he's ready. If and when he makes the team, he'll have to catch. How much can he catch for us? We'll have to figure that out."

Tuffy Gosewisch has the most experience with the team and is likely to take one of the roster spots. 

Rule V pick Oscar Hernandez needs to make the big club or be returned to the Rays. Hale praised his defense. ""He's really looked good behind the plate," Hale said. "He kind of makes it hard on the coaches and the manager because every ball he catches looks like a strike. ... He's got great hands back there and he blocks it."

Jordan Pacheco could make the squad based on his versatility at other positions. 

Blake Lalli , Matt Pagnozzi and Mark Thomas will have a tough time beating out the five players ahead of them on the depth chart. 


D-Backs catcher Tuffy Gosewisch ready to prove doubters wrong


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(2/18/2015) Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch, who is considered the favorite to win the starting catcher job this spring, is not worried about the skeptics who don't believe he can handle being Arizona's top catcher.

"That's more motivation for me," he told The Arizona Republic. "All that matters to me is that the team believes in me. It seems like they do and I believe in myself. The more people that come out and say that, that's fine. That's just more motivation for me to go out and prove that I belong and I can do it."

Gosewisch is not known for his offense, but the Diamondbacks are comfortable with going with a defense-first catcher because they believe the rest of the lineup will help pick up the slack offensively.

"I know that in my position, my number one job is the pitchers," he said. "So 80 percent, 90 percent of my game has to be focused on them. Knowing what they do best and knowing what the other team does best and trying to come up with a game plan -- there's not a whole lot of stats that can be put on that part of the game.

"If I can just contribute to the team offensively, I think that's what they're looking for. I'm not saying I'm going to be an All-Star, but I'm confident in my ability to hit. I know there's a lot of people out there who doubt that, but I know I can do it and I know people here think I can do it."


Tuffy Gosewisch is front-runner to be D-Backs' starting catcher


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/16/2015) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart confirmed once again to MLB.com on Thursday that the team's search for a catcher is over. The team will head to camp with Tuffy Gosewisch as the starter, Rule 5 pick Oscar Hernandez as the backup and prospect Pete O'Brien on the cusp of making the major-league roster.

"We sat back and thought about it and talked to our guys internally, our coaching staff, and we're not going do to anything," Stewart said. "Tuffy Gosewisch has never had the opportunity to be a front-line guy, but we do know he's capable of handling the [pitching] staff. If we get some offense from him, it would be great.

"The kid Hernandez we know, through our scouting reports, is a good catch-and-throw guy. And we're not expecting any offense from him. So if we get it, that would be great. But even more importantly, we think that Peter O'Brien is going to be ready. Our coaching staff says he has a chance to break with us from spring training. And if not spring training, we expect to see him by May or June."


D-Backs won't add catcher due to prospect O'Brien's development


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(1/13/2015) Diamondbacks general manager Dave Stewart said Tuesday the team will not add a catcher to the roster in large part due to the development of prospect Pete O'Brien, according to The Arizona Republic.

"I've decided that I'm not going to pursue another catcher," Stewart said. "I talked with my people and my coaching staff. They believe that O'Brien is going to be around sooner than later. If that does happen, there's no need to go out and get another guy.

"We would have had to trade somebody we didn't want to trade to make it happen. We're going to be patient and allow the progression of O'Brien to take place and stand pat on that."

Tuffy Gosewisch is the only catcher on the Diamondbacks' 40-man roster with major-league experience. Rule 5 selection Oscar Hernandez, who spent last season with the Rays' low Class-A affiliate, will also be in camp competing for a roster spot.

The Diamondbacks acquired O'Brien in a trade with the Yankees in July. The 24-year-old O'Brien hit a career-best 34 home runs in 2014. He has a .267/.319/.534/.853 slash line over three minor-league seasons.


Diamondbacks have had trouble dealing for a catcher


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(1/10/2015) The Diamondbacks haven't been happy with the cost of acquiring a catcher in a trade, according to the Arizona Republic.

We've not made a whole lot of headway in that area yet," general manager Dave Stewart said. "Without really giving up something that's going to cost us a player that we don't want to give away." Arizona dealt starter Miguel Montero to the Cubs in December, and the team is set to open the season with the unproven Tuffy Gosewisch behind the dish.

The club has been in contact with the Cubs regarding Welington Castillo, but nothing has materialized yet. Stewart said rival clubs are asking for Arizona's "top guys" in exchange for a catcher. 


Tuffy Gosewisch's first hit is a home run


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(4/23/2014) Diamondbacks backup catcher Tuffy Gosewisch finally connected for his first hit of the season Tuesday against the Cubs.

Gosewisch's only hit happened to be his first home run of the season. Though, it didn't make much of an impact in a 9-2 loss. Gosewisch connected for a solo home run off Jason Hammel in the sixth inning Tuesday.


Tuffy Gosewisch beats out Henry Blanco for backup catching duties


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/29/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch beat out veteran Henry Blanco for the team's backup catching duties, MLB.com reports.

Gosewisch slashed .316/.316/.579 with one home run and four RBI in 19 Cactus League at-bats. Blanco will use the next 24 hours to search for a big-league job. If he's unable to find a team to play for, he'll likely become Arizona's seventh coach.

Tuffy Gosewisch doubles in two runs vs. White Sox


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(3/8/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch came in for Henry Blanco in the sixth inning of Saturday's game against the White Sox.

Gosewisch, who had been dealing with a calf injury, doubled in two runs in the ninth inning. He went 1 for 2 with two RBI in a 6-4 win.

Tuffy Gosewisch ready to play


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(3/7/2014) Diamondbacks catcher Tuffy Gosewisch is ready to return, according to azcentral.com.

Gosewisch has been dealing with a calf injury, but said he could play Friday. He's battling to be the team's backup catcher. Gosewisch missed about a week due to the injury.


D-backs call up Tuffy Gosewisch and Matt Davidson


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/3/2013) The Diamondbacks have called up catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and third baseman Matt Davidson from Triple-A Reno prior to Tuesday's game against the Blue Jays, MLB.com reports.

Gosewisch batted .284/.327/.456 with seven homers and 33 RBI in 250 at-bats in the minors. Davidson batted .280/.350/.481 with 17 homers and 74 RBI in 443 at-bats in the minors.

Tuffy Gosewisch, Matt Davidson sent back to minors


by Jeff Lippman | CBSSports.com
(8/26/2013) With Miguel Montero and Eric Chavez back for the Diamondbacks Monday, the team had to option two players to the minors. Catcher Tuffy Gosewisch and third baseman Matt Davidson were the odd men out for the club, MLB.com reports. 

Gosewisch went 5 for 27 (.185) with one RBI over eight games and six starts. Davidson was 5 for 28 (.179) over 12 games and five starts. He had two runs driven in. 


Diamondbacks bring up Tuffy Gosewisch


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/1/2013) The Diamondbacks selected the contract of catcher Tuffy Gosewisch from Triple-A Reno Thursday after placing starting catcher Miguel Montero on the disabled list with a back injury. Gosewisch hit .285 with six home runs and 30 RBI in 66 games for Reno. 

Tuffy Gosewisch assigned to minor-league camp


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/30/2013) The Diamondbacks reassigned catcher Tuffy Gosewisch to minor-league camp Friday. He hit .308/.438/.308 in 16 plate appearances this spring.

Gosewisch hit .216/.278/.345 with the Triple-A affiliates of the Phillies and Blue Jays in 2012.


Gosewisch dealt to Blue Jays


by Adam Moore | CBSSports.com
(7/31/2012) The Blue Jays acquired catcher Tuffy Gosewisch from the Phillies for cash considerations prior to Tuesday's non-waiver trade deadline. Gosewisch hit just .192 with four home runs and 20 RBI in 65 games for Triple-A Lehigh this season.