Scouting Yankees Prospect #8: 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. Always known for his batting potential at a middle infield position, he continued to shine offensively last year and made some big steps towards becoming a complete all-around player.

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

He followed up his first full season of hitting .300 for Charleston in 2009 by opening up the 2010 campaign batting .302 and leading the Florida State League in doubles [27] before earning a promotion to Double-A in the last month of the season.

"I was really locked in during Spring Training," Joseph told PinstripesPlus.com. "I didn't really care about the results of Spring Training, but results within myself. I was just trying to get a good feeling at the plate.

"I have a game plan when I walk up to the plate and I do my best to execute it," Joseph said. "If I go 2-0, I'm looking to hit a pitch hard."

His plan of attack obviously worked at the high-A level but not nearly as much once he got to Trenton. He hit just .216 in 31 games for the Thunder.

Part of the reason could have been playing with a hurt wrist that would later keep him out of the Arizona Fall League, but either way he still impressed folks at the upper level.

"I've seen enough," Trenton manager Tony Franklin said, "quite the hitter, quite the young hitter. It just goes to show you, age has nothing to do with your ability. If you show you can get up to the plate and recognize pitches, you have a good chance of being successful. That's special, that's a special talent.

"He's got a good swing and he's going to hit. You don't just develop a swing like that and not hit. He's going to hit."

Hardly anyone has questioned his batting potential though. The questions raised about his game had always been on the defensive side of the ball and that's where he made the most progress last season.

"Corban's done a great job working his tail off to improve the things he needed to improve to play at a higher level," Tampa manager Torre Tyson said. "Unfortunately [his season] was cut short because of the wrist problem.

"If you look at Corban's defensive numbers from the start of the year to the last month, that's where big improvement for me is. He led our organization among infielders with just one error in the last month he played for me.

"It was just a long ordeal that he knew he had to work on that we started last year [in Charleston] when he came up to me. [Infield coordinator] Jody Reed worked his tail off with him and I did the same thing everyday, and I have to give him the credit.

"He wants to be out there everyday doing something and I have to tell him no because he's been out in the 100 degree weather too many days in a row."

Joseph has worked tirelessly to improve over at second base because he, along with everyone else, knows that could be the biggest missing piece in his long-term developmental puzzle.

"Everyone who has ever seen him agrees that he's a pure hitter," Tyson reaffirmed. "We all know that and we all agree on that. He's already a pure hitter. The defense is where he was really lacking and he put that together [last] year, and hopefully it's there again for him [this coming] year."

Year

Team

AVG

AB

2B

HR

RBI

R

SB

BB

SO

OBP

SLG

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. Joseph is a knowledge junkie when it comes to hitting. Just as Tony Gwynn did years ago in pioneering the process, he is constantly studying video of his swing to master the craft of hitting. He has a sweet stroke from the left side, using a very short and compact swing, and he has great balance at the plate. He is very adept at being patient in the batter's box and sitting back to wait on offspeed pitches because he has the great bat speed to catch up to the fastball. Joseph has also shown an ability and willingness to draw walks, use the entire field, and take what's given to him. He has only average power potential right now for a middle infielder, but he does have the ideal frame to put on some serious strength down the road.

Base Running and Speed. For such a wiry guy, Joseph is surprisingly on the slower side for a middle infielder. He doesn't get great jumps and he has some work to do reading pitchers' moves better. He could be a low double-digit stolen base threat down the road, but his impact on the running game will be pretty minimal.

Defense. Prior to last year, Joseph looked more comfortable and natural at third base than he did at second. That changed though as he learned to position himself better, read the ball coming off of the bat better, and make better double-play pivots. He's not a great defensive player by any means even though the former high school shortstop has a pretty strong arm, but he's gone from suspect to solid prospect defensively at second base and it's something that he will have to continue to work on going forward.

Projection. With his defensive abilities no longer a major question mark, Joseph's chances of becoming an impact offensive player in the middle infield have gotten stronger. He's so good at making in-bat adjustments, seeing lots of pitches and attacking the good ones, and using the entire field that he has the kind of offensive game teams try to make room for at the big league level. Even though has room to fill out more, he is still a bit too skinny right now and that might hold back his true power potential. Should he put on that weight though and get stronger, he has the chance to be a special offensive second baseman with solid defensive abilities. Right now he projects as a Todd Walker type as a high average, high on-base guy, but keep in mind there's a chance he could develop into something more.

ETA. 2013. Joseph should pick up right where he left off, starting at second base for the Trenton Thunder.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nVital Statistics:
\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\nHe followed up his first full season of hitting .300 for Charleston in 2009 by opening up the 2010 campaign batting .302 and leading the Florida State League in doubles [27] before earning a promotion to Double-A in the last month of the season.
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\r\n\"I was really locked in during Spring Training,\" Joseph told PinstripesPlus.com. \"I didn't really care about the results of Spring Training, but results within myself. I was just trying to get a good feeling at the plate.
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\r\n\"I have a game plan when I walk up to the plate and I do my best to execute it,\" Joseph said. \"If I go 2-0, I'm looking to hit a pitch hard.\"
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\r\nHis plan of attack obviously worked at the high-A level but not nearly as much once he got to Trenton. He hit just .216 in 31 games for the Thunder.
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\r\nPart of the reason could have been playing with a hurt wrist that would later keep him out of the Arizona Fall League, but either way he still impressed folks at the upper level.
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\r\n\"I've seen enough,\" Trenton manager Tony Franklin said, \"quite the hitter, quite the young hitter. It just goes to show you, age has nothing to do with your ability. If you show you can get \r\nup to the plate and recognize pitches, you have a good chance of being successful. That's special, that's a special talent.
\r\n
\r\n\"He's got a good swing and he's going to hit. You don't just develop a swing like that and not hit. He's going to hit.\"
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\r\nHardly anyone has questioned his batting potential though. The questions raised about his game had always been on the defensive side of the ball and that's where he made the most progress last season.
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\r\n\"Corban's done a great job working his tail off to improve the things he needed to improve to play at a higher level,\" Tampa manager Torre Tyson said. \"Unfortunately [his season] was cut short because of the wrist problem.
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\r\n\"If you look at Corban's defensive numbers from the start of the year to the last month, that's where big improvement for me is. He led our organization among infielders with just one error in the last month he played for me.
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\r\n\"It was just a long ordeal that he knew he had to work on that we started last year [in Charleston] when he came up to me. [Infield coordinator] Jody Reed worked his tail off with him and I did the same thing everyday, and I have to give him the credit.
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\r\n\"He wants to be out there everyday doing something and I have to tell him no because he's been out in the 100 degree weather too many days in a row.\"
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\r\nJoseph has worked tirelessly to improve over at second base because he, along with everyone else, knows that could be the biggest missing piece in his long-term developmental puzzle.
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\r\n\"Everyone who has ever seen him agrees that he's a pure hitter,\" Tyson reaffirmed. \"We all know that and we all agree on that. He's already a pure hitter. The defense is where he was really lacking and he put that together [last] year, and hopefully it's there again for him [this coming] year.\"
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SLG

\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. Joseph is a knowledge junkie when it comes to hitting. Just as Tony Gwynn did years ago in pioneering the process, he is constantly studying video of his swing to master the craft of hitting. He has a sweet stroke from the left side, using a very short and compact swing, and he has great balance at the plate. He is very adept at being patient in the batter's box and sitting back to wait on offspeed pitches because he has the great bat speed to catch up to the fastball. Joseph has also shown an ability and willingness to draw walks, use the entire field, and take what's given to him. He has only average power potential right now for a middle infielder, but he does have the ideal frame to put on some serious strength down the road.
\r\n
\r\nBase Running and Speed. For such a wiry guy, Joseph is surprisingly on the slower side for a middle infielder. He doesn't get great jumps and he has some work to do reading pitchers' moves better. He could be a low double-digit stolen base threat down the road, but his impact on the running game will be pretty minimal.
\r\n
\r\nDefense. Prior to last year, Joseph looked more comfortable and natural at third base than he did at second. That changed though as he learned to position himself better, read the ball coming off of the bat better, and make better double-play pivots. He's not a great defensive player by any means even though the former high school shortstop has a pretty strong arm, but he's gone from suspect to solid prospect defensively at second base and it's something that he will have to continue to work on going forward.
\r\n
\r\nProjection. With his defensive abilities no longer a major question mark, Joseph's chances of becoming an impact offensive player in the middle infield have gotten stronger. He's so good at making in-bat adjustments, seeing lots of pitches and attacking the good ones, and using the entire field that he has the kind of offensive game teams try to make room for at the big league level. Even though has room to fill out more, he is still a bit too skinny right now and that might hold back his true power potential. Should he put on that weight though and get stronger, he has the chance to be a special offensive second baseman with solid defensive abilities. Right now he projects as a Todd Walker type as a high average, high on-base guy, but keep in mind there's a chance he could develop into something more.
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\r\nETA. 2013. Joseph should pick up right where he left off, starting at second base for the Trenton Thunder.
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