Pittsburgh Pirates Claim Corban Joseph Off Waivers


The Pittsburgh Pirates added to their roster with a waiver claim on Monday

While the Pittsburgh Pirates did not have a game on Monday, they did make a roster move. After the San Francisco Giants designated him for assignment, the Pirates claimed infielder Corban Joseph off waivers on Monday.

Joseph has been added to the Pirates active roster. In order to make room for him on the 40-man roster, starting pitcher Chris Archer was transferred from the 10-day injured list to the 60-day injured list. This came after the team announced that Archer will be shutdown for the season due to shoulder issues.

In addition to the Giants, Joseph has also spent time at the MLB level with the Oakland Athletics this season. In 57 plate appearances, Joseph slashed .151/.193/.245 with a wRC+ of 14. Three of his eight hits, however, have gone for extra bases with a home run and a pair of doubles.

Joseph has also had MLB time with the Baltimore Orioles last season, and with the New York Yankees in 2013. He has 83 career plate appearances at the MLB level, owning a .169/.217/.260 slash line with a wRC+ of 26.

Joseph’s primary position is second base. However, he has also played first base and third base at the MLB level. In the minors he also played the corner outfield positions.

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Since he will be joining the team in Pittsburgh on Tuesday, Joseph could have the opportunity to get some at bats with the team during the final 12 games of the season to make an impression. However, with the infield already being crowded with Colin Moran, Kevin Newman, Adam Frazier, Cole Tucker, Kevin Kramer, and Erik Gonzalez, it could be difficult to find starts for Joseph.

However, there should be pinch hitting opportunities. Over the weekend Steven Brault had to pinch hit twice as Jacob Stallings, Josh Bell, and Starling Marte are all dealing with injuries.