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Corban Reece Joseph (born October 28, 1988) is an American professional baseball second baseman for the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball (MLB). He has played in MLB for the New York Yankees, Baltimore Orioles, Oakland Athletics, and San Francisco Giants.

Corban Joseph
Corban Joseph.jpg
Joseph with the Baltimore Orioles
Pittsburgh Pirates – No. 75
Second baseman
Born: (1988-10-28) October 28, 1988 (age 30)
Franklin, Tennessee
Bats: Left Throws: Right
MLB debut
May 13, 2013, for the New York Yankees
MLB statistics
(through 2019 season)
Batting average.170
Home runs1
Runs batted in10


Joseph attended Franklin High School in Franklin, Tennessee, where he played for the high school baseball team. In his sophomore year, he was named All-Midstate for baseball.[1] In his senior year, he batted .510 with 15 home runs and 58 runs batted in (RBIs) for Franklin and was named Midstate Player of the Year.[2] He committed to attend the University of Kentucky to play for the Kentucky Wildcats baseball team after his high school graduation in 2008.[2]

New York YankeesEdit

Joseph was drafted by the New York Yankees in the fourth round, with the 140th overall selection, of the 2008 Major League Baseball Draft out of Franklin High School.[3] He signed with the Yankees on June 10.[4] Joseph joined the Rookie-level Gulf Coast Yankees. In 2009, he played for the Class-A Charleston RiverDogs, where he named the South Atlantic League's player of the month for July[5] and a post-season all-star third baseman despite playing just 37 games at third.[6]

He began the 2010 season with the Tampa Yankees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League, where he had a .302 batting average, six home runs and 52 RBIs before he was promoted to the Trenton Thunder of the Class AA Eastern League in August.[6] Joseph spent the entire 2011 season with the Thunder. He was added to the Yankees 40 man roster on November 18, 2011.[7] In 2012, he played for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees of the Class AAA International League.[8]

After starting the 2013 season with Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, the Yankees promoted Joseph on April 30, when they placed Kevin Youkilis on the disabled list.[9] However, he was optioned to the minors two days later without appearing in a game. The Yankees recalled Joseph on May 13 as the 26th man in a doubleheader against the Cleveland Indians, starting him at first base during the first game and second base in the second game.[10] During the second game of the doubleheader, Joseph got his first career base hit. He was then optioned back to Scranton/Wilkes-Barre after the doubleheader.[11]

Joseph was outrighted off the Yankees roster on November 20, 2013.[12] He was released by the Yankees on August 27, 2014.

2015–2017 seasonsEdit

On November 19, 2014, he signed a minor league deal with the Atlanta Braves. He was released by the Braves on June 2, 2015. On June 16, 2015, Joseph signed a minor league contract with the Baltimore Orioles. He elected free agency on November 7, 2016.[citation needed]

On November 19, 2016, he agreed to terms with the Washington Nationals on a minor league deal with an invitation to spring training,[13] although he was reassigned to minor league camp on March 13, 2017.[14] He elected free agency on November 6, 2017.

Baltimore OriolesEdit

On February 19, 2018, Joseph signed a minor league deal with the Orioles.[15] Joseph was recalled to the majors on June 15 and started at first base, it was his first major league appearance in over five years.[16] He was optioned to the AAA Norfolk Tides on June 20.[17] He was designated for assignment on June 29. He had his contract purchased again on September 7, 2018.[18] He was outrighted on November 1, then resigned a minor league deal on November 5.

Oakland AthleticsEdit

The Oakland Athletics selected Joseph in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft at the 2018 Winter Meetings.[19] Joseph played for the Las Vegas 51s of the Class AAA Pacific Coast League. On August 14, the Athletics promoted Joseph to the major leagues.[20] He hit his first major league home run on August 15.[21] On September 1, Joseph was designated for assignment.

San Francisco GiantsEdit

On September 3, 2019, Joseph was claimed off waivers by the San Francisco Giants. On September 14, the Giants designated Joseph for assignment.[22]

Pittsburgh PiratesEdit

On September 16, 2019, Joseph was claimed off waivers by the Pittsburgh Pirates.[23]

Personal lifeEdit

Joseph's brother, Caleb, has also played in MLB. Caleb was also selected in the 2008 draft; he was chosen by the Baltimore Orioles in the seventh round.[2][6][24] They played together with the Orioles in 2018.[25] Their father, Mark, played college baseball for Lipscomb.[26]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ Cirillo, Chip (June 13, 2006). "Ridings among 10 county stars on All-Midstate baseball team". The Tennessean. p. W.9. Retrieved September 6, 2012. (subscription required)
  2. ^ a b c Strasinger, Mike (June 9, 2008). "Joseph brothers both selected in major league baseball draft". Nashville City Paper. Archived from the original on December 2, 2013. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  3. ^ Cirillo, Chip (June 6, 2008). "Three county players selected in baseball draft". The Tennessean. Retrieved September 6, 2012. (subscription required)
  4. ^ Abraham, Peter (June 11, 2008). "Yanks' Rasner starts vs. A's in a 'home' game". White Plains, New York: The Journal News. p. C.5. Retrieved September 6, 2012. (subscription required)
  5. ^ "RiverDogs' Joseph honored by Topps – | Charleston, SC | News, Weather, Sports". Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  6. ^ a b c John Nalbone/For The Times. "Thunder are expecting big things from Corban Joseph". Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  7. ^ "Yankees add five players to 40-man roster". November 18, 2011. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  8. ^ Carig, Marc (March 16, 2012). "Yankees' Derek Jeter, Russell Martin, Nick Swisher are hurting". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved September 6, 2012.
  9. ^ McCullough, Andy (April 30, 2013). "Yankees place Kevin Youkilis on disabled list, call up Corban Joseph". The Star-Ledger. Retrieved April 30, 2013.
  10. ^ Sargent, Scott (January 1, 2013). "New York Yankees throw rookie Corban Joseph into first-base fire – ESPN New York". Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  11. ^ "Yanks option Boesch to add an arm to 'pen | News". May 13, 2013. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
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  13. ^ Reddington, Patrick (November 20, 2016). "Nationals sign four (including '05 Orioles' 1st Round pick Brandon Snyder) to minor league deals". Federal Baseball. Retrieved November 20, 2016.
  14. ^ Kerzel, Pete (March 13, 2017). "Ward and Stevenson leave positive impression on Baker". MASN Sports. Retrieved March 13, 2017.
  15. ^ "Orioles' Corban Joseph: Joins Orioles on minor-league deal". February 19, 2018.
  16. ^ Brown, Mark (June 15, 2018). "Orioles news: Tanner Scott, Corban Joseph called up, Richard Bleier to disabled list". Camden Chat. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  17. ^ Silver, Zachary (May 24, 2018). "Corban Joseph optioned to Triple-A". Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  18. ^ "Orioles add utility infielder Corban Joseph ahead of tonight's game". Baltimore Sun. July 17, 2018. Retrieved September 8, 2018.
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  20. ^ Slusser, Susan; Kroichick, Ron (August 13, 2019). "A's to call up hot-hitting infielder Corban Joseph". San Francisco Chronicle. Retrieved August 14, 2019.
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  22. ^ George Miller (September 14, 2019). "Giants Designate Corban Joseph For Assignment". MLB Trade Rumors. Retrieved September 14, 2019.
  23. ^ Nubyjas Wilborn (September 16, 2019). "Pirates claim veteran INF Corban Joseph off waivers". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved September 16, 2019.
  24. ^ Stewart, Donovan (May 21, 2005). "Franklin earns first trip to state tourney". The Tennessean. p. C.7. Retrieved September 6, 2012. (subscription required)
  25. ^ Silver, Zachary (May 24, 2018). "Caleb and Corban Joseph together on Orioles". Retrieved September 8, 2018.
  26. ^ Wilson, David (May 24, 2018). "Caleb Joseph's family tradition propels him to Majors". Retrieved September 8, 2018.

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