As games begin (!) it’s time to keep going with a look at the guys who will be playing after the third inning each time out with a look at the non-roster invitees. We’ll continue with someone who was actually a roster player in 2013 in infielder Corban Joseph.
The former fourth round pick back in 2008 was actually briefly up with the Yankees last April for a quick cup of coffee, going 1-for-6 with a walk in the majors. His minor league season was cut short due to a shoulder injury (even the injuries happened in the minors last year too). He had a .239/.329/.383 line with six homers and 19 RBI in just 47 games.
Joseph can play every infield position but shortstop, but is mainly a second and third baseman. He was outrighted off the 40-man roster in November at the deadline to add players to the 40-man roster before the Rule V draft.
Joseph is not a big home run guy, he did however have 38 doubles with Double-A Trenton back in 2011. He’s not a big base stealer either. He’s just 25-years-old and won’t turn 26 until late October.
Joseph would have to have a great spring training, combined with a couple of injuries to make the opening day roster. Could he find his way back on the roster during the season? Absolutely. Injuries happen. Players get designated for assignment. If Joseph is crushing Triple-A pitching, he could very easily find himself back on the 40-man roster.