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  • Joe Benson claimed off waivers by Rangers

    Outfield prospect Joe Benson, who was Minnesota's second-round selection in the 2006 draft, has been claimed by the Texas Rangers and is no longer a member of the Twins organization.

    Benson, 25, was placed on outright waivers after being removed from the 40-man roster to make room for Saturday's starter, P.J. Walters. Although he was ranked by Baseball America as a Top 100 prospect in both 2011 and 2012, Benson's stock has dropped immensely in the past two seasons, mired by injuries and poor performance.

    A center fielder with exceptional athleticism, Benson made his lone major-league appearance in September of 2011, when he joined the Twins for a month after a second consecutive strong season in Class-AA New Britain. He didn't hit much during the audition but his future seemed bright as a 23-year-old already getting his first taste.

    Unfortunately, since then, things have snowballed downward for Benson. Last year he started in Rochester and played so poorly he was demoted back to New Britain. He missed time with a broken wrist early in the season and eventually ended up needing microfracture surgery on his knee. He finished with a .202 average and .624 OPS in 76 games.

    He had hoped to rebound this season but unfortunately his career has only continued to unravel. After a poor showing in spring training, he reported to Triple-A where his struggles continued, hitting just .192 with one homer through 42 games. In 164 plate appearances, Benson has whiffed 50 times while drawing only 10 walks.

    He's a great athlete and he's still not far removed being successful, but Benson's offensive issues over these last two years have been staggering and -- in an organization crowded with outfield prospects -- he found himself the odd man out. The fact that 20 teams passed on him before Texas' turn is telling. Hopefully in the Rangers organization he can turn things around and repair his broken plate approach.
    Comments 318 Comments
    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      It's an odd choice, in my opinion, but I understand why it was made. Benson might get a shot in Texas. He's kind of got a Texas-style brash personality. Personally, I always liked Benson and I hope he puts it together for the Rangers.
    1. joeboo_22's Avatar
      joeboo_22 -
      Problems I have with this move.

      A. he has upside, was hurt all of last year, yeah he has had a slow start, but again he has showed signs of upside in the past.

      B. 5 catchers 1 CF on the 40 man roster, Doogie told me on twitter they are searching to add another CF, but that would require another 40 man move, so why not drop a catcher right now (Butera), and if a better CF is available then just do a Benson for CF swap.
    1. Reginald Maudling's Shin's Avatar
      Reginald Maudling's Shin -
      What's strange is that if Benson could have put together a few weeks of decent production in Rochester, he could have been called up, perhaps even for the rest of the year. Why drop him for Drew Butera, or all the scrub pitchers still on the 40 man?
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Hope he goes off with the Rangers
    1. Nick Nelson's Avatar
      Nick Nelson -
      You can view the page at http://www.twinsdaily.com/content.ph...ers-by-Rangers
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      If they knew about problems with his attitude, they should have traded him while he had some value. They need to anticipate these kind of situations.
      I think there's a good chance that his "attitude problem" (if it existed at all) did not rear its head until he absolutely fell on his face.

      Not a lot you can do at that point. The guy hasn't been a productive player since 2011, at which point he was a top prospect in the system. There's a good chance that he hasn't taken his fall from grace... gracefully.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      As far as letting him go for nothing, that's what they were looking at next year as well, when he was out of options and probably would still not be ready for the major league roster.

      As far as trading, who would trade for him, given his recent track record and the knowledge he will be available for free in a few months anyway - it's not as if he was going to contribute to a contender in a pennant run.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by PseudoSABR View Post
      If they knew about problems with his attitude, they should have traded him while he had some value. They need to anticipate these kind of situations.
      Twenty teams or so refused to pick him up off waivers, so it's hard to imagine they could have gotten a player with much up side for him.
    1. USAFChief's Avatar
      USAFChief -
      All made necessary because Gibson isn't "consistent."

      This organization is off the tracks.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by big dog View Post
      Twenty teams or so refused to pick him up off waivers, so it's hard to imagine they could have gotten a player with much up side for him.
      20 teams?
    1. jorgenswest's Avatar
      jorgenswest -
      Is the Twins, the media or the fan that like to pull the attitude card when a guy leaves the organization?

      As a baseball player, his struggles began before the injury and have persisted. I can't think of a comp where someone has struggled similarly in AA/AAA at 24/25 and then became successful at 26. He is out of options next year and will need to be in the majors or exposed again.

      However, this is not the decision I would have made. I would have brought up Gibson and there would be no 40 decisions to make.

      Given the decisions about Walters, they have some older guys on the 40 that are unlikely to be useful major leaguers long term. Collabello, Ramirez, Butera, Fien, Roenicke and now Walters come to mind. Doesn't sound like building for the future to me.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Is that "20 teams passed on him" thing accurate? I thought in waivers every team in your own league had a shot before the other circuit did. If Texas took him, then there must have been 13 other teams that passed - unless they've changed the way waivers works.
    1. ThePuck's Avatar
      ThePuck -
      Quote Originally Posted by jorgenswest View Post
      Is the Twins, the media or the fan that like to pull the attitude card when a guy leaves the organization?
      add the announcers...
    1. joeboo_22's Avatar
      joeboo_22 -
      He was hurt most of the season last year, struggled but I think most of the struggles were because of injury. He wasn't cleared to play until February either so he didn't see a ton of pitches. Its realistic that by July he starts hitting and is a decent outfielder.

      But that isn't the big issue I have, the big issue I have is there is no CF on the 40 man roster other then Hicks, if Hicks gets hurt tonight and has to go on the DL, another roster move has to be made anyways, so its defeats the whole purpose. That or Parmelee can play CF
    1. TwinsFanInPhilly's Avatar
      TwinsFanInPhilly -
      Maybe he just isn't as good (or never will be) as some of you think.
    1. joeboo_22's Avatar
      joeboo_22 -
      And I'm sick and tired of the "attitude issues". Its the biggest cop out the Twins use for there own failings. Some people just need a change of scenery, a different person coaching them, etc.

      Remember how Perkins attitude was a problem when he was struggling? Give me someone with a bad attitude who can throw harder then 88mph
    1. joeboo_22's Avatar
      joeboo_22 -
      Quote Originally Posted by TwinsFanInPhilly View Post
      Maybe he just isn't as good (or never will be) as some of you think.
      That is realistic, only so many people are in the majors, injuries hurt things as well. But its not so much that they are giving up on him, its that they are giving up on him, while not having a problem with Drew Butera or 5 pitchers who throw fastballs slower then Verlanders changeup, and when they find another CF which apparently they are looking for another move will have to be made anyways.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      I don't have any inside knowledge, but I doubt this is about "attitude" issues. My guess is that this is about non-performance, clear and simple, and the fact that the clock has just about run out on him anyway.
    1. big dog's Avatar
      big dog -
      Quote Originally Posted by ThePuck View Post
      20 teams?
      Waivers are in reverse order of records, right? I thought that meant that teams with records worse than the Rangers had first shot at waiver claims.
    1. Danchat's Avatar
      Danchat -
      In the end, this was going to happen. The only difference is it happened now instead of in 2 months. I'm fine seeing him off, I'm just worried, because, y'know, we have 5 catchers and 1 CF!!! (I guess Wilkin Ramirez makes it 2 but still...) We need to get another CF up here, even if it's Clete Thomas or Antoan Richardson.
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