Joseph Ends First Full Season With A Bang

Corban Joseph hit .337 after the All Star break

Being named to the post season All Star Team for the South Atlantic League was just the latest accomplishment for Corban Joseph in his first season with the Charleston RiverDogs. In addition to posting impressive statistics, the 20 year old from Franklin, TN was also named the TOPPS Player of the month for July.

Corban Joseph has generated a great deal of enthusiasm among his coaches, particularly RiverDogs Manager Torre Tyson.

Tyson recalled that in a previous interview he had expressed the opinion that Joseph was one of the best pure hitters that he had seen in the past five years. At the conclusion of this season, he still firmly believes this despite a few ups and downs at the plate.

"I got a little scared when he dipped to .240," Tyson confessed. "But I think he has shown he is one of the best hitters in the league. I think he is going to be something special."

Tyson also has praise for Joseph's defensive skills. He believes that Joseph has done a great job defensively and has improved his skills this season at second and third base.

"I think third base is always an easy transition for him because he was an absolute stud at third. I can't say enough about the guy," Tyson said.

For hitting coach Greg Colbrunn, it was a pleasant surprise to see just how good of a hitter Joseph has been this year. Joseph hit an even .300, drove home 57 runs, and ranked third on the team with 29 extra base hits. He also drew 49 walks.

Colbrunn believes that Joseph adjusted well to the full season without showing signs of fatigue. In moving to the next level, there are a few things Colbrunn would like to see Joseph work on.

"He's got great hands and just needs to improve on maintaining that."

Colbrunn also added that he would like to see Joseph, who is 6'0" tall and weighs 170 lbs., "grow into his frame."

On his part, Joseph feels that he had a successful season. One of his main goals was to move up from extended spring training to Charleston, which he accomplished in May. The other goal?

"To prove to myself that I can compete with these guys every day," Joseph said.

Trying to remain competitive over a long season presents physical and mental challenges. Joseph realized that he needed to make adjustments in order to achieve success.

In order to meet the physical challenges, he became more aware of the need to take care of his body as the season progressed. He also needed to make some mental adjustments.

"I learned to try and get over failure. I tried to mentally think everyday is a new day and to come out refreshed, not thinking about tomorrow or the next day," Joseph explained.

"I learned to try and be consistent throughout the whole year and to come to the field every day, ready to play."

Now that the Riverdogs season is over, Joseph, who enjoyed living and playing in Charleston, has made a few plans for the offseason.

"I am going to do a lot of working out, getting a little bit bigger and stronger. I'd like to do a lot of hunting and take a little bit of a break from baseball," he concluded.

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