Joseph's defense has been happy surprise for Orioles

Joseph's defense has been happy surprise for Orioles
June 8, 2014, 12:45 pm
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BALTIMORE – Caleb Joseph gets to watch on Sunday as Nick Hundley starts behind the plate. With Joseph catching, the Orioles are 9-5. When Joseph got to the Orioles on May 7, he may not have expected to stay very long, but he’s certainly impressed manager Buck Showalter

“Some guys get better in the big leagues, believe it or not,” Showalter said. “The lights are better, the umpiring is supposedly better, the travel’s better, the locker rooms are better. They take to that.”

Joseph came with the reputation as a good hitter, but a weak defensive catcher. He’s batting only .136, but he’s handled pitchers well and thrown out six of 15 runners trying to steal.

“He’s always had the mind for it,” Showalter said.

Team executive Brady Anderson has been a big supporter of Joseph’s.

“Let’s don’t miss the boat on this kid. He’s going to be a late bloomer,” Anderson told Showalter.

Joseph will turn 28 on June 18.

“I still think Caleb’s going to hit a little bit. He’s gotten some big hits for us,” Showalter said.