Looking for production at second base, Athletics call up hot-hitting Corban Joseph

SAN FRANCISCO — He goes by CoJo, mostly because people he meets often switches Corben Joseph with Joseph Corban.

“Just a little reminder, Corban goes first,” Joseph said. For now, Joseph will play second for the A’s. The 30-year-old left-handed hitter will bat seventh against Giants right-hander Tyler Beede on Wednesday afternoon, and this could be routine against right-handers in these final weeks of the season.

“We’re just trying to do the best we can from the position, with a guy who’s swinging a hot bat and has been the entire year,” manager Bob Melvin said. “When you have that kind of year, and we’re maybe not getting as much production as we want out of that position, you look somewhere else.”

Second base has been a bit of a black hole for the A’s, with Profar currently stuck in a strange offensive pattern in which timely home runs sprinkle a .148 average over his previous 20 games.

Franklin Barreto was poised to take over the lion’s share of starts at second, but just couldn’t match his minor league numbers once he took the batter’s box. The pressures to perform had the A’s highly-touted prospect pressing, he struck out 18 times and hit .106 in 17 games with Oakland and the lion’s share waned down to a demotion.

Jorge Mateo — who’s batting .295 with 17 home runs in Las Vegas this year — looked to be next on the road to find the A’s starting second baseman of the future. But Joseph’s production was worth a pitstop.

Joesph has been toiling around minor league ballparks from Scranton to Trenton and Syracuse to Bowie since 2008 with just 16 big-league games to show for it. But, in his 12th year at the highest level of the lows with triple-A Las Vegas, Joseph clicked. His averages has peaked at .400, hovering around .370 upon his call-up on Wednesday. He has 13 home runs and a career-high 73 RBI in 97 games with Las Vegas.

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Aviators manager Fran Riordan approached Joseph during a pitching change in a game against Omaha; the hot hitter had gone hitless with a walk so far, and the manager had some ribbing in him.

“We joke around on how tough the PCL is,” Joseph said. “It’s a three hit minimum, if you don’t get those three hits you’re definitely not playing the next day. We’re just talking about …read more

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