Corban Joseph, SS
Franklin HS L/R, 6-0, 168
Hometown: Franklin, Tn.
STATUS: Signed, Reporting to GCL Yankees (Rookie).
The New York Yankees selected Tennessee high school shortstop Corban Joseph with its fourth-round pick (140th Overall) in the 2008 MLB Draft. Having committed to Kentucky, the Yankees ignored possible signability issues and were promptly rewarded. Joseph inked a contract quickly and will start off in the Gulf Coast League.
Joseph’s sweet swing yielded huge numbers in his senior season. The Tennessean’s Midstate Player of the Year, he exhibited an exceptional ability to make contact (only five strikeouts) while hitting for both average (.510 BA) and power (15 HRs and 58 RBIs). Although he’s not considered a burner, the Yankees would like to keep him at shortstop where his bat may carry him.
"This kid's a really advanced high school hitter,” Damon Oppenheimer told MLB.com. “We really like his bat. We're not sure if he stays at shortstop, but he can hit, he has power and he’s an average runner"
Oppenheimer, during a yankees.com Q&A session, identified Joseph and Luke Anders (500) as the two draftees with the best power potential.
Kurt Jones, an assistant coach for Joseph’s high school team had the following scouting report:
“Corban is a pure and natural talent at swinging the bat. He has the potential to be a great hitter in the major leagues. The reason why is every pitch he makes an adjustment. High school kids don't normally do that." (The Tennessean)