"I've seen enough," Trenton Thunder manager Tony Franklin said and smiled. "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. So far that's what Corban has demonstrated. That's special. That's a special talent."
Joseph was finishing up his first week of Double-A baseball and making
his mark right out of the gate. He was 5-17 with two doubles , two
triples, and seven RBI in five games.
"The game's a lot faster [up here] and the guys can throw their secondary
pitches for strikes. I have to be smarter so I can put the ball in
play," Joseph said.
Joseph's proving his mental toughness. If he's having any problems with
the more competitive pitching, he's not showing many signs of struggle.
"He said to me last night, 'hey, Skip, that's a wicked slider.', "
Franklin said. "But I told him 'it doesn't seem to bother you!' Good
hitters make adjustments."
The left-handed hitter spent the better part of 2009 at Charleston after
beginning the season at extended spring training, where he put his
baseball smarts to good use.
"I started out there to work on my swing a little bit and try and
change some things. I also needed to work on my defense a little bit
It's important for me to work on my defense, because my bat is only
going to take me so far," Joseph said.
"He's got really good instincts for the game," said hitting coach Frank Menechino. "He's got a nice rhythm in his swing and he uses his hands
really well. I'm still watching and evaluating him to see what he can
and cannot do."
For a young player to be promoted late in the season, it might be more
difficult to get a rhythm going, but Joseph has the benefit of having
worked with Menechino in Spring Training. There's a familiarity with
his tendencies and, more than likely, how to fix the holes in his
"I worked with Frank in spring training and he knows my swing. He's
helped me a lot and helps me see what I can do here at this level,"
There's appears to be no lack of confidence on Joseph's part. His
demeanor at the plate and the way he approaches the game is bulldog-ish.
He's aggressive at the plate, though not overly so, and alert on the
base paths. Menechino has also taken note of an important
"He's not scared up there. He's battling through the whole game," said Menechino.
Franklin echos these observations and also sees a young guy with a
desire to learn and perfect his natural skills.
"Some guys can just step up there and everything falls into place. I'm
sure he's working on his craft and trying to perfect what he does,"
Franklin said. "I'm happy he's on my club, because he's given us a bit
of a lift. He's young and energetic. It's just a matter of going out
and playing baseball against guys at the higher level. It doesn't seem
to bother him."
Joseph's versatility is a plus in how he might fit into a lineup in
the big leagues. He has few limits in what he's able to do to be
valuable in a number of situations.
"I think he's a two-hole guy, maybe, because he can work all fields,"
As August unwinds, there is more of a sense in baseball of what's to
come. Without meaning to, players are already looking a little bit
ahead, particularly in the minors. Because Joseph is a late addition to
the Thunder roster, there's less opportunity to see what he's capable
of and get deeper into his development.
The goal at this point is to let him see what he can do and run with
"You just have to let him play," Menechino said. "I'm not going to have
him enough this year to say what I think he should do. As an
organization we have objectives for every hitter. Now, this late in the
season, it's just about letting him play."
Joseph Looking Comfortable in Double-A
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