"Normally when you face the same guys over and over again, they start really knowing what pitches you're good at hitting and where," Joseph said on why his average dropped in April. "And since my average did drop I kind of evaluated all my at-bats. And [since] a lot of pitchers do that too, I make an adjustment. [I] just try to get my average back up."
Corban Joseph was selected in the fourth round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Franklin High School in Tennessee. Lately, the twenty-two year old prospect feels that as long as he's consistent at second base, his batting skills should fall back into place with the help of making some all-around improvements. His main focus is keeping a flexible plan in mind.
"[I'm] really just keeping an open mind to change the plan from at-bat to at-bat," Joseph said prior to Saturday night's game. "Sometimes I might go up there and have a plan and they might be pitching me a different way and [then] I go up again next to bat and if they're still pitching me that way I'll switch my plan.
"A lot of the times I'll be thinking ‘don't drop it below the right side'. I'll have to switch, middle way, to driving the ball to left field because that's where the majority of their pitchers are going.
"I've brought, say, a lot of my building stuff." [I'm] working on double plays and running fast [too]."
Batting left and throwing right, this 6-foot, 185 pound second baseman likes to think that Spring Training had a positive effect on his game play as well, making his average now a .293 mark after his four-hit performance on Saturday night.
"Oh yeah, I mean spring training is [all about] getting back into things," commented Joseph on if training was any help this year. "You take things in and you really work on tweaking them and get everything going."
But on the field during game time, Corban can be seen in his rightful area making plays that don't tie in with his numbers. His defensive aspect of the game seems to have made up for the bat taking time to flourish.
"A lot of it is from the get-go," Joseph said. "[Defense] was my weak part as a player and I've really taken a lot of passion and really built that back up. And, you know, [I'm] really trying to be a defensive part for the whole team.
"I think with that mindset, early with my two to three years of pro-ball, has really helped me out. And [now] that is starting to show up in Double-A, I'm sure it will the rest of my career."
And with that long career ahead of him, Joseph's mindset needs to be split in half during each game, allowing him to play both great offense and defense.
"I'm the type of player that does what's best for the team," Joseph said. "I try to think more on the lines of the right situation, like when is the right time to bunt, or when is the right time to carry him over to second; just trying to get that aspect of the game down.
"Defensively, it's more, you know, taking second base where I play everyday personal, and really trying to expand my range and really trying not to let anyone get hits anywhere in my zone."
"[I want to] help out and control the game," he said. "The shortstop is one of the base leaders on the field [so I need] to help that position and keep things flowing. I [also] think I am capable of hitting a .300 here and really hitting a .300 anywhere offensively. And defensively I know I am capable of having less than ten errors every year."