Joseph Thatcher (born October 4, 1981 in Kokomo, Indiana is Major League Baseball pitcher for the San Diego Padres. Nicknamed "The Prime Minister, and The Throw'in Kokomoan" he is 6'2" tall and weighs 230 lb (100 kg). In college, he pitched for Indiana State University. He made his debut with the Padres on July 26, 2007, in Houston against the Astros.
He appeared in 22 games in 2007, finishing with a 2-2 record; in 2008, in appeared in 25 games finishing with an 0-4 record. Following spring training in 2009, Joe started the season in Portland, OR, with the Portland Beavers, the AAA affliate of the Padres but was called up to San Diego on May 15, 2009.
During the offseason, he resides in Kokomo, Indiana and enjoys playing golf on his down time. Both of his sisters played for the Indiana State University women's basketball team. He is the son of Phil and Sara Thatcher and his father also pitched for Indiana State University.