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Former Titan Michael Joseph promoted by Orioles to Class A Aberdeen

POSTED June 10, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

Michael Joseph (Middlebury College) has signed a contract with the Baltimore Orioles. John Nestor tells how a trip to New Hampshire made all the difference in the world and got him noticed.

Former Titan Michael Joseph promoted by Orioles to Class A Aberdeen

SARASOTA, Florida - Former Torrington Titan Michael Joseph has taken another step in his baseball journey and this time it has landed him in Aberdeen, Maryland.

Joseph spent the last two months in extended Spring Training with the Orioles at Twin Lakes Park in Sarasota, Florida and was promoted to the Class A Aberdeen Ironbirds on Saturday.

Litchfield County Sports caught up with Joseph after he wrapped up his final practice in Sarasota on Monday afternoon. He was scheduled to head to Aberdeen on Tuesday and the Ironbirds open their 2013 season on Monday the 17th against the Hudson Valley Renegades.

The Ironbirds are part of the New York/Penn League.

"I'm excited. It was between Class A and Rookie League so this was a good move," Joseph said. "I'll head up there tomorrow and we start practice Thursday. I'll be a little over an hour from home so it's an exciting time."

Jospeh signed with the Orioles last summer while with the Titans. He caught the attention of scouts with an impressive bullpen session during the FCBL Pro-Day held before the All-Star Game. From there it was a matter of finding the right fit and Joseph became an Oriole.

After some time with the Orioles last summer, Joseph reported for Spring Training two months ago and has been working toward Saturday's move ever since.

"I've really been working on commanding my fastball down in the zone, everything works off that," Joseph

said. "I've been locating that a lot better."

Joseph filled a reliever role for the Titans last summer and has been slotted into the bullpen with the Orioles as well. He will continue that role with the Ironbirds and its a position he says he is comfortable with, especially after his stint in Torrington.

Now the key is to stay healthy and keep developing as he takes another step up in competition. So far Joseph has thrived in each step he's taken, from Middlebury College in Vermont to the FCBL to Spring Training with the Orioles and he feels he's ready for the next challenge in the New York/Penn League.

"I think one of the biggest changes for me is I'm stronger and more confident mentally," Joseph said. "I have the confidence in my ability to attack hitters and not be afraid."

Joseph is one of a number of players from the 2012 Titans to sign with Major League clubs. Pitcher Tyler Bashlor appears set to sign with the Mets after being drafted in the 11th round and Conro Bierfeldt had a breakout performance with the Titans last summer and was drafted by the Orioles last week. Joseph feels Bierfeldt has landed in a good spot.

"The Orioles have a great organization and everyone on the staff, the coaches have all been really helpful to me as far as my development," Joseph said. "I'm sure Conor will find it the same way and we might even be teammates before the summer is over."

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