The Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees fell short of the International League Championship title but…
Joseph Not Where He Wants To Be
He hit 13 of his home runs at Triple-A, more than doubling his previous career-high when he hit six home runs for the high-A Tampa Yankees back in 2012. While he admits the bigger power production was a combination of things, including attacking inside pitches more and not employing his left-centerfield approach as much, it's not simply because he's getting his man strength now.
"I hope not because I always want to be able to feel like I can improve in every part of my game, but I can tell I've gotten stronger," he said. "I worked pretty hard last year and I'm continuing to do that this year, and I feel really comfortable where I'm at but you always want more."
He prides himself on being a .300 hitter hitter each year too and he obviously didn't reach that plateau with the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees [just a .266 average] this season, but with 53 walks and just 57 strikeouts he basically was taking what the pitchers gave him.
So while he would love to bump his average back up to his career norm of .283, there is another area of his game that would like to better first.
"I'm extremely happy with how everything turned out, the only thing I'm somewhat disappointed about was my defense," he admitted. "The pace of the game is pretty quick and I've known that my whole career.
"Every step you take up through the minor leagues it gets quicker and quicker. It took me a little bit of time to adjust and kind of get back to the basics, and not really trying to do too much defensively.
"I am just trying to make the routine plays and give it 110 percent on the extended range plays, trying to make a play for the pitchers. For the most part I'm not 100 percent content with where I'm at defensively. I don't think I ever will be content with where I'm at defensively because it's something I have to continue to work at."
Still, as he looks back the season defensively he does acknowledge that there was real progress made, especially when put into comparison context from years passed.
He would also like to continue work on improving his running game, especially with reading opposing pitchers' moves better. With zero stolen bases in 2012, he says he shut himself down in the running game this year as he continues to learn that aspect of his game.
Despite all of those areas still highlighted by Joseph as improvements needed to his game, he still feels like he is big league ready now. And even though he has hit his way up the minor league ladder and greatly improved his power production, he doesn't think he's the player he wants to be quite yet.
"I don't think I'll ever be where I want to be. I always want to be better. I want to be an All Star in the big leagues and I want to be a Hall of Famer.
"I think anyone who plays this game becomes content with themselves is cutting themselves short. I'm not where I want to be and I'm never going to be there but I'll always strive to get there," he concluded.
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