Top 10 Games of the Year - No. 7
No. 7 - The Joseph Brothers Reunion
RECAP: Once David Adams went down with an ankle/foot injury in May, it was only a matter of time before Corban Joseph, another hot Yankees second base prospect, was called to Double-A. When it happened in early August, it put a reunion with older brother Caleb, an Orioles catching prospect, on the horizon.
Bowie came to Waterfront Park on Aug. 17, and so did the entire Joseph family. His father wore a Yankees windbreaker with an Orioles cap, and his sister wore a white T-Shirt decorated with both brothers' names, as well as logos from the Yankees and Orioles.
When Corban took his first at-bat, he tapped his brother on the shinguard and gave him a few words before going about his business.
Other Yankees prospects have siblings hanging around the minor leagues: Austin Romine's brother Andrew is in the Angels' system, and Graham Stoneburner's brother Davis is a Rangers prospect. Former Thunder infielder Matt Cusick's brother Jeff was a Phillies draftee.
Now that Cusick is gone, however, none have the potential to play against their brother in the Eastern League like Caleb and Corban did for those three summer nights.
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“It was an exciting moment. It was the first time ever. I was more focused on what the pitcher was trying to do, but (Caleb) was joking with me, so that kind of helped me relax a little bit.” -- Corban Joseph
AFTERWARD: Caleb won the battle that night, posting three singles and two runs scored against Corban's lone knock. Eventually, though, Corban won the war. Bowie flamed out in its attempt to make the Eastern League West playoffs, while the Thunder took their season to the ELCS, where they lost to the Altoona Curve. Unfortunately, Corban injured his wrist during the season's final series and couldn't take part in the playoffs or the Arizona Fall League, where he was slated to head after the season.