Veteran LHP with Professional Experience in America (AAA), Japan, and Australia. Represented Team Australia at the Premier12. Seeking Team for 2021 Summer | Baseball Jobs Overseas

Veteran LHP with Professional Experience in America (AAA), Japan, and Australia. Represented Team Australia at the Premier12. Seeking Team for 2021 Summer

Name: Josh Tols

Height: 5'7"/170cm

Weight: 187 lbs/85kg

DOB: October 6, 1989

Date Available: February 10, 2021

Affiliated AAA experience

Bats: L

Throws: L

Positions: SP

Positions (alt): RP

College: Rockhurst University

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Josh Tols is an experienced left-handed pitcher out of Adelaide, South Australia. He has played professionally in America, Japan, and Australia and has achieved a lot throughout his professional career. Since 2014, Josh has seen five All-Star appearances, a Rookie of the Year Award, a Pitcher of the Year Award, a Reliever of the Year Award, he was inducted into the John Wood College Hall of Fame, and he was chosen to represent Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic.

After graduating from Seaton High School in 2008, Josh attended John Wood Community College. Winning 1st Team All-Conference honors in his sophomore season, Josh received a scholarship to transfer to Rockhurst University, an NCAA DII program in Kansas City, Missouri. He went on to win All-Conference in both his junior and senior seasons as well. After graduating from Rockhurst in 2014, Josh signed his first professional contract with the Las Vegas Train Robbers in the Pecos League. Halfway through the season, Josh was traded to the Trinidad Triggers who were on a playoff run. He finished the year as one of the top pitchers in the league and made the All-Star Team.

Following the season, Josh head back to Adelaide in late 2014 where he would play his first full season in the Australian Baseball League. After putting up an impressive 2.38 ERA through 34 innings, Josh was named Rookie of the Year, Reliever of the Year, and the Adelaide Bite Pitcher of the Year. The following spring, Josh received an opportunity to play in the highly competitive American Association with the Kansas City T-Bones. He would go on to spend two seasons with both the T-Bones and the Adelaide Bite before moving on to play for new teams in new parts of the world.

For the 2016/17 Australian Summer, Josh signed with the Melbourne Aces where he would go on to win team MVP. In just under 30 innings of work, Josh held a 0.91 ERA, he struck out 42 and walked 13. Because of his great performance throughout the season, Josh was invited to represent Australia in the World Baseball Classic. They competed against the national teams from New Zealand, South Africa, Japan, China, and Cuba to finish #9 in the world. After the WBC ended in March, Josh traveled to Japan to play for the Niigata Albirex in the Japanese Independent BC League. Through 123 innings, Josh held a 3.07 ERA and only gave up 87 hits.

In 2018, at the age of 28, Josh signed his first affiliated contract with the Philadelphia Phillies, spending most of his time with AA affiliate the Reading Fightin Phils. In 2019 Josh worked his way up to AAA to play with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs, where he accumulated 33 innings out of the pen.

Josh spent the past two winters putting up great numbers with the Melbourne Aces, both as a starter (2019-20) and a reliever (2020-21) and made a major impact en route to back-to-back ABL Championships for the Aces.

Josh was released by the Phillies in the spring of 2021 and is now looking for new opportunities for the 2021 summer. Josh is excited about the opportunity to continue traveling the world and playing the game he loves. He’s looking for a team that can offer flights, accommodations, and a salary to cover living expenses. Knowing Josh personally, I can attest that he would be a great option for any team in need of pitching. From the left side, he throws his fastball in the mid to upper 80’s and can work in a slider, curveball, or changeup when he’s behind in the count to keep hitters guessing. He’s proven himself to be both effective and consistent, he would be a great pickup for any team.


2014: Pecos League All-Star

2014/15: Australian Baseball League All-Star

2014/15: Australian Baseball League Rookie of the Year

2014/15: Australian Baseball League Reliever of the Year

2014/15: Adelaide Bite Pitcher of the Year

2015/16: Australian Baseball League All-Star

2016: Honkball Haarlem Team Australia Member

2016: Represented Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic Qualifier

2016/17: Australian Baseball League All-Star

2016/17: Melbourne Aces MVP

2017: Inducted into the John Wood Hall of Fame

2017: Represented Team Australia in the World Baseball Classic

2017/18: Australian Baseball League All-Star



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Josh Tols Now ABL Wins Leader

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Former Hawks on International Stage in World Baseball Classic

No-hitter Josh Tols – Strike Zone Australia with Chris Coleman Episode 19

Episode 59 – Josh Tols, Melbourne Aces, and the Niigata Albirex

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Playing Experience

2008-10 John Wood Community College NJCAA
2012-2014 Rockhurst University NCAA II
2014-16 Adelaide Bite Australian Baseball League
2014 Trinidad Triggers Pecos League
2015-16 Kansas City T-bones American Association (U.S. Independent)
2017 Niigata Albirex Baseball Challenge League (Japanese Independent)
2018-2021 Philadelphia Phillies A+;AAA
2016-Current Melbourne Aces Australian Baseball League (Australian Professional)


Pro/Overseas Pitching

2010-2021 Foreign 2.76 17 0 218.2 162 261 108 14 86 67 26 12 6 1.235
2018-2020 MiLB 3.84 2 0 79.2 51 94 48 6 42 34 3 2 1 1.243
2014-2016 Independent Pro 3.99 14 0 176 163 170 81 9 94 78 12 4 0 1.386

Video Highlights


Jon Deeble

Los Angeles Dodgers Scout/ Melbourne Aces Coach / Team Australia

Peter Moylan

Former MLB pitcher/ Melbourne Aces Pitching Coach

Virgil Vasquez

Former MLB pitcher, GCL Twins & Melbourne Aces Pitching Coach