Joseph, the Giants' catcher at Double-A Richmond, played the first four innings for the U.S. team, which toppled the World squad, 17-5, at Kauffman Stadium. Eight days short of his 21st birthday, Joseph flashed the offensive skill that has made him a leading Giants prospect by making the most of his two plate appearances, drawing a key walk and lining a tiebreaking RBI double. Moreover, he also demonstrated his improved defensive prowess by throwing out an eager World baserunner.
"I knew I had to [improve]," he said. "I was pretty much drafted as a hitter and they hoped my defense would kind of come along. I think I've done a fairly good job up to now, but I have to keep working hard."Joseph was the central figure in the two-run, fourth-inning uprising that gave the U.S. a 6-4 lead. Facing Tampa Bay prospect Felipe Rivero, another left-hander, Joseph fell behind on the count 0-2 and worked the count to 2-2 before ricocheting a fastball high off the right-field fence. Jonathan Singleton scored on the play and so did Nick Castellanos after Taveras' throw went awry for an error. Joseph caught a different pitcher per inning during his stint. The list read like a Who's Who of future stars: Gerrit Cole, Danny Hultzen and Bundy, the first, second and fourth selections overall in last year's First-Year Player Draft. Joseph also worked with Royals farmhand Jake Odorizzi, who received the distinction of starting before a "hometown" crowd. "It was cool to share that with him," Joseph said.
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Chris Haft is a reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.Less