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Monday, March 12, 2012

Top 10 Thunder players of 2011 - No. 1: Corban Joseph



Why He's Here: Of Thunder players with more than 300 plate appearances, here are the categories in which Joseph led the team:


1. Hits
2. Doubles
3. Triples (tied with Ray Kruml)
4. Runs
5. RBIs
6. Walks
7. Batting average
8. On-base percentage
9. On-base plus slugging
10. Weighted Runs Created
11. Weighted Runs Created Plus
12. Weighted On-base Average
13. Weighted Runs Above Average

I say all that to say this: Over the course of what was ultimately a disappointing season, Joseph was the Thunder's offensive star. His defense left something to be desired, and he seems to have dropped off the prospect radar some this season, but in 2011, Joseph was the best hitter in the Thunder's lineup. 

Most Memorable Moment: On July 5 against Richmond, Joseph went 4-for-4 with a longball, two RBIs and two runs scored in the Thunder's 9-6 loss to the Flying Squirrels, which came courtesy of a walk-off grand slam from Giants prospect Francisco Peguero. The most amazing part of Joseph's day? It was accomplished in seven innings, because the game was part of a doubleheader.

Outlook for 2012: Despite the shiny numbers above, I think Corban Joseph is headed back to Trenton to start the year. Based on the way they're playing him in spring training, it seems there's a decent chance he splits time between second base and third base this year to try to maximize his value to the rest of baseball.

RECAP: If you missed any of them, and, because of their author's sporadic posting, I'm sure you did, here are all of the Thunder's top players from last season:

10. Dellin Betances
9. Manny Banuelos
8. Pat Venditte
7. Austin Krum
6. Josh Schmidt
5. Shaeffer Hall
4. Austin Romine
3. Ray Kruml 
2. Tim Norton
1. Corban Joseph

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