Scouting Report: Corban Joseph

The Yankees selected second baseman Corban Joseph in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Franklin High School in Tennessee. Buried long-term behind the likes of Robinson Cano at the big league level, Joseph, now a Triple-A veteran, immediately jumps to the top of the in-house second base candidates list for the Yankees now that Cano has signed with the Seattle Mariners.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Corban Joseph
Position: Second Base
DOB: October 28, 1988
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 185
Bats: Left
Throws: Right

It was a bittersweet season for him in 2013. He finally accomplished his goal of reaching the big leagues, making his Major League debut on May 13th and collecting his first big league hit [a double] in the second game of a double-header against the Cleveland Indians, but he wound up hitting a career low .239 at Triple-A before ultimately ending his season in late May after succumbing to shoulder surgery.

"It had been bothering me for a few years and I wanted to play through it, and basically give everything I had," he said. "It just got to the point where it was affecting the way I was playing.

"I tried rehabbing it to get it stronger and stronger, and I kind of maxed out. I then kind of declined at a rapid rate and it was just time to get it fixed.

"I talked to my wife and we thought it was the right time to go ahead and take care of it so I could be ready for next year."

He initially tried to play through the injury but wound up having the surgery in early June and he has been rehabbing his way back since then. Now that he had a taste of the big leagues though, he knows he wants more.

"I was extremely blessed to play with the Yankees this season, to break in this season and get a win for them," he said. "I was excited. It was a lot of fun. I got a taste and trust me, now I want to get back up there as soon as I can."

No longer having the tough task of competing with Robinson Cano at second base, Joseph, who played some third base in Spring Training and made his big league debut at first base, is now the most big league ready in-house option at second base for the Yankees.

Known for his advanced plate discipline and patience, Joseph, who admits to having his swing affected by the injured shoulder this past season, is simply looking forward to seeing what he can do once he returns fully healthy.

"Absolutely, when I woke up right out of surgery I was more relieved, I felt better, and I could tell a difference right off of the bat. I had a little pain at the start but that went away and ever since then it's been perfect.

"I feel ten times better. It's definitely a blessing that the surgery went great and the feeling that I'm having now, I'm not having pain sleeping and that's a great thing," he concluded.

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

2013 Yankees .167 6 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 .286 .333
2013 Scranton .239 188 9 6 19 30 2 21 39 .329 .383
2012 Scranton .266 327 25 13 56 50 0 53 57 .366 .474
2012 Trenton .314 86 4 2 6 9 0 15 13 .412 .430
2011 Trenton .277 499 38 5 58 75 4 59 104 .353 .415
2010 Trenton .216 111 6 0 13 11 1 15 33 .305 .342
2010 Tampa .302 381 27 6 52 52 5 43 74 .378 .436
2009 Charleston .300 380 17 4 57 39 8 49 61 .381 .418
2008 GCL Yankees .277 159 15 2 18 25 2 20 24 .359 .434


Batting and Power. Forget Joseph's 2013 season -- he's a much better hitter than his career low average would suggest. Blessed with great patience, pitch recognition, a short compact swing, and an innate ability to barrel the baseball, sometimes even mid-swing, he has all of the makings of a high-average hitter, including an advanced ability to go to the opposite field. Prior to his injury too, he had learned to pull the ball even more effectively and make better use of his average big league power potential. He will also draw a good number of walks and seldom chases pitches out of the zone.

Base Running and Speed. Joseph is not a base stealer by any means but he's not a liability on the base paths either. He is a good station to station runner who won't have much of an impact stealing bases.

Defense. Joseph is adequate defensively. He has above average arm strength for a second baseman, enough for him to have been able to play some third base in the past, but how his arm strength recovers from shoulder surgery remains to be seen. He's okay laterally and he will make most of the routine plays on double-play pivots, but he will have some mental lapses from time to time when his confidence gets shaken. He's solid but not spectacular in the field.

Projection. With a sweet left-handed swing, a natural ability to barrel the baseball, a propensity to go to the opposite field gap with regularity, and advanced patience and pitch recognition, it is kind of ironic that offensively there are a lot of similarities to a young Robinson Cano when he first broke in to the big leagues. Even running-wise the two are very similar too -- good station to station runners who don't steal a lot of bases. Defensively, however, there's a world of difference between the two as Joseph projects to be average at best in that regard and it remains to be seen if Joseph can improve the loft in his swing like Cano did as a younger player. Still, with his ability to draw walks and hit for average, he has the ability to potentially hit in the first-half of a big league lineup someday as he gains more experience and confidence.

ETA. N/A. Joseph was big league ready a year ago and now that Robinson Cano is gone he should be one of the in-house options at second base next season should the Yankees decide to go that route.

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\r\nName: Corban Joseph
\r\nPosition: Second Base
\r\nDOB: October 28, 1988
\r\nHeight: 6'0\"
\r\nWeight: 185
\r\nBats: Left
\r\nThrows: Right
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\r\nIt was a bittersweet season for him in 2013. He finally accomplished his goal of reaching the big leagues, making his Major League debut on May 13th and collecting his first big league hit [a double] in the second game of a double-header against the Cleveland Indians, but he wound up hitting a career low .239 at Triple-A before ultimately ending his season in late May after succumbing to shoulder surgery.
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\r\n\"It had been bothering me for a few years and I wanted to play through it, and basically give everything I had,\" he said. \"It just got to the point where it was affecting the way I was playing.
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\r\n\"I tried rehabbing it to get it stronger and stronger, and I kind of maxed out. I then kind of declined at a rapid rate and it was just time to get it fixed.
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\r\n\"I talked to my wife and we thought it was the right time to go ahead and take care of it so I could be ready for next year.\"
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\r\nHe initially tried to play through the injury but wound up having the surgery in early June and he has been rehabbing his way back since then. Now that he had a taste of the big leagues though, he knows he wants more.
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\r\n\"I was extremely blessed to play with the Yankees this season, to break in this season and get a win for them,\" he said. \"I was excited. It was a lot of fun. I got a taste and trust me, now I want to get back up there as soon as I can.\"
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\r\nNo longer having the tough task of competing with Robinson Cano at second base, Joseph, who played some third base in Spring Training and made his big league debut at first base, is now the most big league ready in-house option at second base for the Yankees.
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\r\nKnown for his advanced plate discipline and patience, Joseph, who admits to having his swing affected by the injured shoulder this past season, is simply looking forward to seeing what he can do once he returns fully healthy.
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\r\n\"Absolutely, when I woke up right out of surgery I was more relieved, I felt better, and I could tell a difference right off of the bat. I had a little pain at the start but that went away and ever since then it's been perfect.
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\r\n\"I feel ten times better. It's definitely a blessing that the surgery went great and the feeling that I'm having now, I'm not having pain sleeping and that's a great thing,\" he concluded.
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\r\n 2013\r\n Yankees\r\n .167\r\n 6\r\n 1\r\n 0\r\n 0\r\n 1\r\n 0\r\n 1\r\n 1\r\n .286\r\n .333
\r\n 2013\r\n Scranton\r\n .239\r\n 188\r\n 9\r\n 6\r\n 19\r\n 30\r\n 2\r\n 21\r\n 39\r\n .329\r\n .383
\r\n 2012\r\n Scranton\r\n .266\r\n 327\r\n 25\r\n 13\r\n 56\r\n 50\r\n 0\r\n 53\r\n 57\r\n .366\r\n .474
\r\n 2012\r\n Trenton\r\n .314\r\n 86\r\n 4\r\n 2\r\n 6\r\n 9\r\n 0\r\n 15\r\n 13\r\n .412\r\n .430
\r\n 2011\r\n Trenton\r\n .277\r\n 499\r\n 38\r\n 5\r\n 58\r\n 75\r\n 4\r\n 59\r\n 104\r\n .353\r\n .415
\r\n 2010\r\n Trenton\r\n .216\r\n 111\r\n 6\r\n 0\r\n 13\r\n 11\r\n 1\r\n 15\r\n 33\r\n .305\r\n .342
\r\n 2010\r\n Tampa\r\n .302\r\n 381\r\n 27\r\n 6\r\n 52\r\n 52\r\n 5\r\n 43\r\n 74\r\n .378\r\n .436
\r\n 2009\r\n Charleston\r\n .300\r\n 380\r\n 17\r\n 4\r\n 57\r\n 39\r\n 8\r\n 49\r\n 61\r\n .381\r\n .418
\r\n 2008\r\n GCL Yankees\r\n .277\r\n 159\r\n 15\r\n 2\r\n 18\r\n 25\r\n 2\r\n 20\r\n 24\r\n .359\r\n .434

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\r\nBatting and Power. Forget Joseph's 2013 season -- he's a much better hitter than his career low average would suggest. Blessed with great patience, pitch recognition, a short compact swing, and an innate ability to barrel the baseball, sometimes even mid-swing, he has all of the makings of a high-average hitter, including an advanced ability to go to the opposite field. Prior to his injury too, he had learned to pull the ball even more effectively and make better use of his average big league power potential. He will also draw a good number of walks and seldom chases pitches out of the zone.
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\r\nBase Running and Speed. Joseph is not a base stealer by any means but he's not a liability on the base paths either. He is a good station to station runner who won't have much of an impact stealing bases.
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\r\nDefense. Joseph is adequate defensively. He has above average arm strength for a second baseman, enough for him to have been able to play some third base in the past, but how his arm strength recovers from shoulder surgery remains to be seen. He's okay laterally and he will make most of the routine plays on double-play pivots, but he will have some mental lapses from time to time when his confidence gets shaken. He's solid but not spectacular in the field.
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\r\nProjection. With a sweet left-handed swing, a natural ability to barrel the baseball, a propensity to go to the opposite field gap with regularity, and advanced patience and pitch recognition, it is kind of ironic that offensively there are a lot of similarities to a young Robinson Cano when he first broke in to the big leagues. Even running-wise the two are very similar too -- good station to station runners who don't steal a lot of bases. Defensively, however, there's a world of difference between the two as Joseph projects to be average at best in that regard and it remains to be seen if Joseph can improve the loft in his swing like Cano did as a younger player. Still, with his ability to draw walks and hit for average, he has the ability to potentially hit in the first-half of a big league lineup someday as he gains more experience and confidence.
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\r\nETA. N/A. Joseph was big league ready a year ago and now that Robinson Cano is gone he should be one of the in-house options at second base next season should the Yankees decide to go that route.
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