The Athletics appear to be preparing to select the contract of infielder Corban Joseph. He was just pulled from today’s game at Triple-A, Clint Scoles of Royals Academy tweets. He’s expected to be added to the active roster for tomorrow’s game, per Susan Slusser of the San Francisco Chronicle (via Twitter).
Joseph, 30, has seen only minimal MLB time to this point in his career. He joined the Oakland organization on a minor-league pact over the winter.
While he has been a solid offensive performer in the upper minors at times in the past, Joseph has never produced numbers like those he owns in 2019. Through 422 plate appearances with Nashville, he owns a .373/.422/.588 slash line with 13 long balls.
That must be taken with a grain of salt or two, given the Pacific Coast League’s offensive environment, but it’s still 44% above the league mean by measure of wRC+. Joseph has played mostly at second base this year and seems likely to get some opportunities there in Oakland.