Sunday, February 24, 2013

Meet A Prospect : Corban Joseph


Corban R. Joseph was born on October 28th, 1988 in Franklin, TN where he attended Franklin High School in Franklin, TN. With a 6'0" 180 lb frame from the left side of the plate you can tell why the Yankees drafted him in the 4th round of the 2008 MLB First Year Players Draft out of Franklin High School. This will be Corban's second year under 40 man roster protection from the Rule 5 draft and looks to be within arms reach of the majors and the big league club. The only thing standing in the way of Corban, well besides that little injury bug he had pre-2012, is some guy named Robinson Cano sharing second base with him. With Corban looking at a mid to late season call up.


Corban played for his High School baseball team in Franklin, TN where in his sophomore season he was named to the All-Midstate team. In his senior season he was named All-Midstate Player of the Year while putting up a .510 average while belting 15 home runs and driving in 58 RBIs. He would sign a letter of commitment to play for the University of Kentucky before being drafted by the Yankees in the 2008 draft. Corban's brother, Caleb Joseph, was also selected in the 2008 draft by the Baltimore Orioles in the 7th round.


Corban would be assigned to the Gulf Coast League in 2008 where he put up a triple slash of .277/.359/.434 to end an impressive rookie campaign. Corban would be promoted to the Charleston Riverdogs in Class A in 2009 where he put up a triple slash of .300/.381/.418 while being named the South Atlantic League's Player of the Month for the month of June and also named a post season all star third basemen despite only playing 39 games there. Corban would split his time between two teams in 2010, the A+ Tampa Yankees and the AA Trenton Thunder, putting up a combined triple slash of .283/.362/.415. Corban would stay in Trenton for the entire 2011 season where he put up a .277/.353/.415 line. The 2012 season would be sort of a break out season for Corban as he split time between Trenton and the Yankees AAA affiliate the Scranton Wilkes-Barre team where he put up a triple slash of .276/.375/.465 opening a lot of eyes internally and to the fans.


Corban seems to be right on the cusp of being promoted to the major leagues and would be a welcomed addition to this team in my opinion. He has proven that he can hit for a high average no matter where he goes along with taking a ton of walks and slugging the ball. Whether he is in the long term plans for the Yankees as  a bench player or a full time player I really want to see him stick with New York. He, like I said, takes his walks and has a nice left handed swing that can benefit from the new Yankees Stadium. He also seems to be a great character guy and is solid with the glove. We will see Corban Joseph in the Major Leagues very very soon.


ETA: 2013


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