Former QU recruit has hand in history

June 2, 2012 0 Comments

Mets catcher Josh Thole, recruited to play at Quincy University before being drafted, celebrates with left-hander Johan Santana after the Mets pitcher tossed the first no-hitter in franchise history. (AP Photo)

In Nov. 2004, Josh Thole signed a national letter of intent to play baseball for Quincy University and drew rave reviews from then-QU coach Greg McVey.

“Josh has the potential to be one of the finest catchers in Hawks history,” McVey said of the catcher from Breese (Ill.) Mater Dei. “He brings a tremendous left-handed bat to the Hawks and we expect him to contribute immediately.”

Well, Thole never made it to Quincy. In June 2005, the New York Mets selected Thole in the 13th round of the amateur draft. By that point, QU had already released Thole from his scholarship since he was expected to be drafted high and likely sign a professional contract. Four years later, Thole made his professional debut with the Mets, and Friday night he had a hand in franchise history.

Thole, fresh off a stint on the disabled list because of a concussion, caught Johan Santana’s no-hitter in an 8-0 victory over the Cardinals. It was the first no-hitter in Mets history.

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