Joseph Hitting His Stride

One of the best signs for a young offensive baseball prospect is to show an ability to make adjustments at the plate. Corban Joseph proved that in his debut season a year ago with a .354 average with the GCL Yankees in his first full month and he's hitting his stride once again this season with a blistering July for the Charleston Riverdogs.

Fans and coaches have recognized Corban Joseph's potential at the plate. Now batting .442 during the month of July after a 3-3 effort on Sunday, it appears that his bat has heated up during the dog days of summer.

The 20-year old from Franklin, Tennessee was a fourth round selection in the 2008 draft. It is no surprise that he is enjoying his first season with the RiverDogs.

His statistics indicate that he has hit his stride offensively, especially as of late, as he has become more comfortable with his game. While it has taken a month or so, Joseph feels that he has made the adjustment to the pitching and the level of the game in Charleston.

He experienced some rough patches during the month of June, batting .188. During the month of July, though, he has been on a massive hot streak, batting an impressive .442 after collecting his sixth straight multi-hit game on Sunday.

Cumulatively his batting average is .308. In 250 at-bats, he has 77 hits [18 in his last six games] with 12 doubles, 6 triples, and four home runs. He has scored 31 runs and driven in 39.

Joseph attributes his recent success to several things, including being a little more disciplined at bat and staying through the ball when he hits it to the opposite field.

"I've been staying short with my swing, looking for my pitch to hit and not swinging at bad pitches," he explained.

Hitting coach Greg Colbrunn believes that Joseph has been hitting with intensity and consistency in the last few weeks. He feels that while Joseph was swinging the bat well when he first arrived in Charleston, he experienced a cooling –off period. Things are now improving and Joseph is achieving consistency in his at-bats.

"He's learning his swing, realizing the strike zone and getting a good rhythm. Power-wise, he has real good hands," said Colbrunn.

Manager Torre Tyson feels that Joseph may be one of the best pure hitters that has come through the team and is not surprised at how well he has performed recently. Tyson acknowledges that things were not easy for Joseph earlier in the season, but feels that he has successfully adapted.

"He got pitched pretty tough the first month here, a lot of offspeed pitches in fastball counts he'd never seen down in the GCL. He had to make the adjustment and he's done that. It took him about a month to do so and he is right where he needs to be right now."

Joseph has no plans to ease up on his progress.

"I think you have to prove yourself everyday, but I think I am on the path that I want to be right now," he said.

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\r\n \r\n\r\nFans and coaches have recognized Corban Joseph's potential at the plate. Now batting .442 during the month of July after a 3-3 effort on Sunday, it appears that his bat has heated up during the dog days of summer.
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\r\nThe 20-year old from Franklin, Tennessee was a fourth round selection in the 2008 draft. It is no surprise that he is enjoying his first season with the RiverDogs.
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\r\nHis statistics indicate that he has hit his stride offensively, especially as of late, as he has become more comfortable with his game. While it has taken a month or so, Joseph feels that he has made the adjustment to the pitching and the level of the game in Charleston.
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\r\nHe experienced some rough patches during the month of June, batting .188. During the month of July, though, he has been on a massive hot streak, batting an impressive .442 after collecting his sixth straight multi-hit game on Sunday.
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\r\nCumulatively his batting average is .308. In 250 at-bats, he has 77 hits [18 in his last six games] with 12 doubles, 6 triples, and four home runs. He has scored 31 runs and driven in 39.
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\r\nJoseph attributes his recent success to several things, including being a little more disciplined at bat and staying through the ball when he hits it to the opposite field.
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\r\n\"I've been staying short with my swing, looking for my pitch to hit and not swinging at bad pitches,\" he explained.
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\r\nHitting coach Greg Colbrunn believes that Joseph has been hitting with intensity and consistency in the last few weeks. He feels that while Joseph was swinging the bat well when he first arrived in Charleston, he experienced a cooling –off period. Things are now improving and Joseph is achieving consistency in his at-bats.
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\r\n\"He's learning his swing, realizing the strike zone and getting a good rhythm. Power-wise, he has real good hands,\" said Colbrunn.
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\r\nManager Torre Tyson feels that Joseph may be one of the best pure hitters that has come through the team and is not surprised at how well he has performed recently. Tyson acknowledges that things were not easy for Joseph earlier in the season, but feels that he has successfully adapted.
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\r\n\"He got pitched pretty tough the first month here, a lot of offspeed pitches in fastball counts he'd never seen down in the GCL. He had to make the adjustment and he's done that. It took him about a month to do so and he is right where he needs to be right now.\"
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\r\nJoseph has no plans to ease up on his progress.
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\r\n\"I think you have to prove yourself everyday, but I think I am on the path that I want to be right now,\" he said.
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