In the latest cartoon/MiLB crossover, the Norfolk Tides are having a Minion Jersey Night, a fresh and fun theme for kids of all ages(and adults).
Per the Norfolk Tides Facebook Page, the Tides will auction off the jerseys during the game via a silent auction with the proceeds benefiting the United Way of South Hampton. The winners of the auction will get the jerseys right off the players back. The Tides will also have a “lost” minion, as well as various other Despicable Me/Minion, themed things throughout the game. How cool!
There have been other cartoon themed crossovers by other MiLB teams but among the younger kids, the Minions (and Despicable Me) have been popular. So it’s neat to see a MiLB team trying to draw in fans of all ages. The Norfolk Tides are the Triple-A Affiliate for the Baltimore Orioles playing in the International League. I’ve previously written about them, which you can read the posts here. Today’s featured prospects are Pedro Beato and Corban Joseph.
Pedro Beato, RHP
Dominican reliever with a solid pitcher’s frame. Fastball sits around 93 mph with decent movement. Also throws a subpar mid-80s slider. Has used a curveball and a changeup in the past, neither of which were terribly impressive. Has struggled with inconsistent control over periods of his career.
Corban Joseph, 2B
The selection here of Joseph as Cistulli’s Guy marks an instance of the former allergy. Following a successful campaign at Triple-A in 2012 as just a 23-year-old, a combination of injury and underperformance rendered his 2013 season less successful. Nor did his 2014 season represent a great improvement. After it, he was released by the Yankees and then spent the 2015 season with (first) Atlanta’s and (then) Baltimore’s Double-A affiliates.
That’s not an inpiring resume for a 26-year-old, but the basic collection of skills persist. Joseph makes contact. And possesses modest power. And plays second base.