Age: 30 | Height: 6’2″ | Weight: 200
Bats: L | Throws: R
Birthplace: Tampa, Florida
Joyce stayed in Florida for his learnin’ career, attending Armwood High School in Seffner and Florida Southern College in Lakeland. At Florida Southern, you can major in Citrus. That’s not a joke.
Drafted: 12th round by the Tigers in the 2005 amateur draft
In his three years at Florida Southern, Joyce slashed .306/392/.490. But what of his citrus studies?!
Traded Before?: Yup
Detroit shipped Joyce to Tampa Bay for Edwin Jackson in December 2008. I’d say that trade worked out pretty well for the Tigers. Jackson had a nice 2009 season for Detroit (worth 3.7 fWAR), then was a key piece in the December 2009 blockbuster three-team trade with the Yankees and Diamondbacks that netted Austin Jackson and Max Scherzer.
Joyce was a fringe top-30 prospect in the Tigers’ system for his first two seasons after being drafted, per Baseball America. After the 2007 season, Joyce shot up to a personal-best #7 ranking in the system before being called up for good in 2008.
What’s his role?
Nathan wrote about Joyce’s impact in greater detail here. Presumably, Joyce will platoon with C.J. Cron at DH, fortifying one of the Angels’ few 2014 weaknesses. Joyce figures to play every day against right-handed starting pitchers, whether that be as the designated hitter or in left field to spell Josh Hamilton. For his career, Joyce owns a 128 wRC+ when he has the platoon advantage — that’s better than the overall 2014 outputs of Alex Gordon and Adam Jones, just to handpick a couple star players. It’s important that Mike Scioscsia limits Joyce’s at-bats against left-handed pitchers, though. Joyce turns into a pumpkin when facing southpaws, evident in his career 61 wRC+.
Joyce has hit the 15-day DL twice in his career, most recently in 2012 for an oblique strain that cost him 23 games. In 2013 and 2014 combined, he only missed one game due to injury. In 2010 an elbow strain cost him 51 games, but it doesn’t appear as though that injury has bothered him again.
Does he Twitter?
He does. You can follow him @sweetswingin20. “Sunday fun day” grates on me almost as much as “a case of the Mondays.”
To receive your Citrus degree, you are required to complete 63 hours in the major. That’s sooooooo many Cuties.