I must admit that this name caught me a bit off guard. Joe Odom (Winchester 2012) has struggled with injuries so much that I wasn’t expecting his name among Seattle’s top prospects, but I was delighted that it’s there.
And come to think of it, when I was chatting with Staunton’s Steve Cox last summer, he mentioned that Odom was the best prospect from the 2012 Winchester Royals, a list that would include Jimmy Yezzo, who also had a minor league career.
Anyway, let’s take a look at how Joe got here:
- 2011, Huntingdon, a D-III school in Montgomery, Alabama. As a freshman, Joe hit 333/426/535 in 40 games and 144 at-bats, with 27 runs, 41 RBIs, 9 doubles, 1 triple, 6 home runs, and a sterling 21/13 BB/K ratio. He led the team in slugging percentage, home runs, and RBIs.
- 2012, Huntingdon: 325/407/534 in 42 games and 163 at-bats, 38 runs, 44 RBIs, 6 doubles, 2 triples, 8 home runs, 19/29 BB/K ratio. Led the team in home runs and RBIs again.
- Summer of 2012, in the year of the offensive explosion in the Valley League. Joe hit 350/407/706 in 48 games and 197 at-bats, with 45 runs, 46 RBIs, 15 doubles, 2 triples, 17 home runs, and a 18/40 BB/K ratio. In the 2004-2017 record book, Joe is 4th in slugging, tied for 9th in runs, 1st in home runs, 10th in RBIs, and 2nd in total bases (139). He was named the third best hitter by ATVL (behind Julian Ridings (Waynesboro) and Yezzo (Winchester).
- Back at Huntington in 2013 for his junior season: 369/468/706 in 43 games and 160 at-bats, along with 45 runs, 60 RBIs, 10 doubles, 1 triples, 14 home runs, and a 31/28 BB/K ratio. He stole 6 bases, too. He led the team in all three slash lines, doubles, home runs, RBIs, and walks.
- Joe became one of the few D-III players to get drafted that June, when the Atlanta Braves popped him in the 13th round.
- He was assigned to the Gulf Coast League for 16 games, and then Danville (Appalachian League) for 14 games. He totaled 216/310/257 in 74 at-bats.
- 2014, Lynchburg in the Carolina League for 61 games: 205/313/341 with 7 doubles and 6 home runs.
- 2015, Carolina in the, ahem, Carolina League again for 65 games and 216 at-bats: 222/285/403, 16 doubles, 7 home runs, 40 RBIs, one horrific bus accident in May.
- 2016, Mississippi (Double-A Southern League) for 39 games, back at Carolina for 52 games: 278/327/431, 19 doubles, 2 triples, 9 home runs
- 2017, Mississippi again for 25 games and Triple-A Gwinnett for 3 games: 266/329/359. Joe spent quite a bit of the year on the disabled list.
- On December 14th, 2017, Joe was a Rule 5 draftee of the Seattle Mariners. The team cited Joe’s framing and leadership skills, and have listed him on Triple-A Tacoma’s roster. John Sickels listed him as an “other” in the system.
Will 2018 be the year that Joe breaks out, and maybe makes the major leagues?