Corban Joseph wasn’t who the New York Yankees had in mind.
But he happens to be the next in line.
Joseph, a Franklin native, was called up to the major leagues on Tuesday after the Yankees placed infielder Kevin Youkilis on the 15-day disabled list.
“Ideally, is he the perfect fit? No, because he’s a left-handed bat,” general manager Brian Cashman told MLB.com. “But he’s the infielder who is on the 40[-man roster]. He can swing the bat and all that stuff.”
He was promoted from Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pa.), where he was batting .273 with a team-high four home runs and nine RBIs in 22 games this season.
Joseph, 24, now is in position to make his Major League debut.
The Yankees drafted in the fourth round in 2008, just months after he graduated from Franklin High. His brother and high school teammate, Caleb, was drafted the same year, in the seventh round by the Baltimore Orioles.
Caleb, 26, played catcher at Lipscomb for three years. He is batting .310 with five home runs and 22 RBIs for Double-A Bowie (Md.).
Corban Joseph is a career .282 hitter in six minor league seasons. He plays primarily at second base but can also player either corner infield position and played shortstop in high school.