Joseph Working On Complete Game

Joseph had a double in Friday's game

TAMPA, FL - Following a strong offensive season with the Charleston RiverDogs in 2009, Corban Joseph spent his Spring Training focusing on his defensive play at second base.

Corban Joseph hit .300 for the Charleston RiverDogs with 29 extra base hits and 57 runs driven in. He spent his time this spring focusing on where he struggled most in 2009. Defense.

"I think my range, left and right, at second base has gotten a lot better," he said. "I'm trying to keep my errors below 10."

Joseph committed 18 errors as a RiverDogs infielder, but feels better about his defensive output following spring training.

"I really focused on a lot of small details," Joseph said of his spring. "I focused more on my defense than my offense, as a whole it went really well."

Following his stint with the RiverDogs, Joseph was promoted to the High-A Tampa Yankees. He feels the transition will be an easy one for him to make, and is just going to go out every day and do his job.

"It's still the same game of baseball," he said of his upcoming season. "I'm just trying to play the game hard and to fulfill my role on the team as best I can."

The graduate of Franklin High School is encouraged that the season has started.

"Getting here is kind of a relaxing time," said the fourth round draft pick. "You can kind of relax a little bit because you finally made the team, but getting ready to buckle down for the season."

With the work he has put in during the spring, Joseph feels 2010 will be a strong year for him. He also feels that the Yankees squad has the potential to gel into a strong team.

"Oh yeah, definitely," he said about prospects of a strong year. "I think it's going to be a good year for everyone. We have a really good team and we all work hard together."

On top of his defensive improvements, Joseph did not leave his offense behind. After being within the top three on the RiverDogs squad in hits, triples, home runs and RBIs, he is trying to bring an improved approach at the plate.

"I want to be more selective at the plate and drive a lot more balls into the gaps," said Joseph.

The second baseman opened the 2010 season batting third in the lineup between Jose Pirela and Bradley Suttle. With his tools and the protection of these strong batters, Joseph definitely looks primed for a breakout season.

"I play the game a lot harder and more personal," he said of the comparison to his play last season with the RiverDogs. "I'm excited."

Following a strong 2009 campaign Joseph could be the added piece of the Tampa Yankees' puzzle needed to repeat as the Florida State League Champions.

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