PHOTOS: Corban Joseph (left) and Caleb Joseph (right) are set to become teammates on the Baltimore Orioles this week. // Keith Allison, Creative Commons
By RUSSELL VANNOZZI
Former Franklin High school stars Caleb and Corban Joseph have seen their pro baseball careers follow much different paths.
But, for now, the two brothers are teammates once again.
The Baltimore Orioles promoted Corban Joseph from Double-A Bowie last week, and Caleb Joseph is set to rejoin the big-league club on Tuesday following the demotion of catcher Chance Sisco.
That means the Joseph brothers will be teammates for the first time since the pair both played for the Triple-A Norfolk Tides in August 2016. Before that, the brothers had not been teammates since their high school careers overlapped at Franklin in 2005.
“It’s going to be a lot of fun,” Corban said. “This is something we’ve both looked forward to for a long time.”
Although it may seem like a unique circumstance for the Joseph family, nearly 100 sets of brothers have become teammates in Major League Baseball. The most recent occurrence came in 2015, when B.J. and Justin Upton both played for the San Diego Padres.
“It’s been a couple years since 2005,” Corban said. “We played together in Spring Training and (in Norfolk), but I think (our family) is really excited for this.”
Caleb and Corban were both selected in the 2008 MLB Draft, although their pro careers have been anything but similar.
Caleb played collegiately at Lipscomb University and was selected in the seventh round of the 2008 MLB Draft. He rose through the ranks and turned into a reliable starting catcher for the Orioles, only to be sent down to Norfolk after struggling at the plate earlier this season. He has a .222 batting average in 344 career MLB games.
Corban went straight from high school to the minor leagues after being selected by the New York Yankees in the fourth round. In 2013, he made his MLB debut with the Yankees but appeared in just two games before being sent down. Corban has since been with three different organizations and entered the 2018 season thinking it could be his last.
“It’s natural to feel like it’s never going to happen again,” Corban said of his brief MLB stint. “You just have to keep grinding through it. I thought I’d play one more year and give it everything I had.”
Corban was hitting .336 with eight home runs and 34 RBI at the time of his callup last Friday. Although the move came as a bit of a surprise, Corban said he is grateful for a second chance in the big leagues.
“I had my family in town, so that was a really cool moment to spend with my wife and my daughter,” he said. “I’ve constantly put the work in, and just like that, in the snap of a finger, everything changed. You just have to enjoy every moment that you’re up (in the MLB) and take it all in.”
The two brothers could appear in the same lineup as early as Tuesday night. The Orioles are set to face Washington for a three-game series from Tuesday to Thursday, before the squad travels to Atlanta for a three-game set against the Braves this weekend.