• 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.
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    1. twinswon1991's Avatar
      twinswon1991 -
      Quote Originally Posted by Shane Wahl View Post
      I hadn't been paying attention today. WHY ON EARTH was Benson the guy to be removed from the 40-man? That's preposterous.

      The Twins are mystifying with how they deal with minor league players. Last year's treatment of him (the demotion to AA) before the injury was insulting, so I can understand if he is mad at the organization.

      On the other hand, this . . . wait there is no other hand because there is no reason to have done anything like this. RELEASING a still top 20 prospect instead of trying to work out some kind of trade? Really? Or Benson could have been a nice addition to a Morneau or Willingham trade to someone. Just GIVING HIM AWAY when the 40-man is not full of real talent is damn bad.
      The Twins front office should be released! Until they hire someone who has a clue how to manage rosters we are screwed. TR and Gardy only care about surrounding themselves with nice guys and yes men. This organization is embarrassing!
    1. TheLeviathan's Avatar
      TheLeviathan -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      And isn't Hendriks injured right now? He hasn't pitched in two weeks.
      I hadn't caught that. You are correct.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      Well, Texas had a 40-man spot open. Benson will have to remain with the majors roster next year.

      The flip side, if still with the Twins -- where he was often called something like the "best all-around athlete" in the system by none other than Mr. Ryan -- is that he is still, in the least, back-up fourth rung outfielder prospect. The guy to fill in when everyone else is out. He could've been that this year instead of Mastro and certainly Ramierez...who I would part with way before Benson.

      The killing point, here, was the adding of Collabano to the 40-man roster. Why did they do that? Why not bring up Lehmann or Benson for that temporary spot. That is the killer. You aren't going to release Gary from the 40-man as someone will definitely pick him up due to his last two minor league flings.

      And besides Benson, you have at least two no brainers -- Drew Butera (we have got by without him so far this year, so does he matter) and Cole DeVries (who could've been a star but because of his injury may never ever pitch in the majors again).

      Benson may be another Restovich or Ford or Mike Ryan or J.T. Bruett, of even a B.J. Garbe. We get to move on and be glad the Twins have stocked their roster with other castoffs (Richardson, Thomas, Pettit).

      I'm sorry, Benson still has a future. Maybe.

      Let's see how long Walters and Deduno stay on the 40-man. Again, with Ramirez and Colabano...this IS NOT building for the future and these ARE NOT players that will bring us forward into contention. I'm Sorry!
    1. greengoblinrulz's Avatar
      greengoblinrulz -
      Im sure if we called Texas this weekend and offerred PJ Walters for Joe Benson, that would seem like a fair deal to them
    1. Thrylos's Avatar
      Thrylos -
      Quote Originally Posted by Rosterman View Post
      The killing point, here, was the adding of Collabano to the 40-man roster. Why did they do that? Why not bring up Lehmann or Benson for that temporary spot. That is the killer.
      You mean Herrmann, I bet
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      Quote Originally Posted by USAFChief View Post
      All made necessary because Gibson isn't "consistent."

      This organization is off the tracks.
      Exactly, Gibson's lack of "consistancy" is different from the rest of this team, how?
    1. Aaron Cross's Avatar
      Aaron Cross -
      He was too surly for ryan and gardy. Would have rocked the boat too much. Just like garza. Wouldnt pitch to contact enough. Clashed with gardy and Andy. Dumped their best pitching prospect because he didnt fit the twins mold. Complete fools running the asylum.
    1. twinsnorth49's Avatar
      twinsnorth49 -
      The injuries surely didn't help, wonder if there was more to the microfracture to his long term future. Still, hard to believe he just walks away for nada.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      Quote Originally Posted by sbknudson View Post
      My bad - I've gotten away from following the farm teams the past few weeks; just don't have the time I used to.
      It's just one little Twins Daily article a day...
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Cross View Post
      He was too surly for ryan and gardy. Would have rocked the boat too much. Just like garza. Wouldnt pitch to contact enough. Clashed with gardy and Andy. Dumped their best pitching prospect because he didnt fit the twins mold. Complete fools running the asylum.
      That's fine and dandy except that Ryan didn't trade Garza.
    1. Aaron Cross's Avatar
      Aaron Cross -
      Im completely aware of that. I said benson was too surly for ryan and gardy. Ryan's little helper made the trade because garza didnt fit the twins mold. Ryan/ Smith/fill in the blank. The organizational philosophy sucks. The country club sucks. Everything has gone so stale there's a stench coming from TF, and its not the garbage burner.
    1. Rosterman's Avatar
      Rosterman -
      There's 19 players on the Twins current 40-man roster that I would be surprised will still be there on Opening Day of 2014. Benson wouldn't have made that list.
    1. boomerb5's Avatar
      boomerb5 -
      Yeah, Joe Benson for PJ Walters. Sounds like a typical Twins move.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Cross View Post
      Im completely aware of that. Ryan's little helper made the trade because garza didnt fit the twins mold. Ryan/ Smith/fill in the blank. The organizational philosophy sucks. The country club sucks. Everything has gone so stale there's a stench coming from TF, and its not the garbage burner.
      You'd have a hell of a time convincing me that Ryan would have traded Garza. Has he EVER traded a pitching prospect, much less a good one?

      Besides, Young had a TERRIBLE reputation for his attitude.
    1. Aaron Cross's Avatar
      Aaron Cross -
      Quote Originally Posted by Brock Beauchamp View Post
      You'd have a hell of a time convincing me that Ryanwould have traded Garza. Has he EVER traded a pitching prospect,
      much less a good one?

      Besides, Young had a TERRIBLE reputation for his attitude.
      Do you enjoy being a condescending nitpicker? I have no doubt they dumped benson, who is still a good prospect, for "attitude" reasons and not being "twins way" enough. They gave up on him far too soon, because he rocked the boat. Didnt fit the twins mold. But go ahead and nitpick on what happened with garza if it makes you feel better.
    1. Brock Beauchamp's Avatar
      Brock Beauchamp -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Cross View Post
      Do you enjoy being a condescending nitpicker? I have no doubt they dumped benson, who is still a good prospect, for "attitude" reasons and not being "twins way" enough. They gave up on him far too soon, because he rocked the boat. Didnt fit the twins mold. But go ahead and nitpick on what happened with garza if it makes you feel better.
      I'm not nit-picking anything. You brought up a trade that happened after Ryan left the GM chair, yet implied that Garza's departure was somehow his fault.
    1. Seth Stohs's Avatar
      Seth Stohs -
      I'm a little surprised by the reaction here. I definitely don't like "attitude" stuff coming out after a guy is gone. I think that's pretty weak. I've known Joe for several years, and there was a lot of frustration. This is a guy who does not like to fail. He has all the tools, but he just struggles mightiliy with failure, and it's such a big part of the game. I always said that if he was able to slow the game down, he could be great. It hasn't happened. There certainly were some issues and legit issues that the Twins had with him, but that went both ways. I just am happy for Joe and I really hope that he can find it in himself to relax and enjoy playing this game.
    1. IdahoPilgrim's Avatar
      IdahoPilgrim -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Cross View Post
      I have no doubt they dumped benson, who is still a good prospect, for "attitude" reasons and not being "twins way" enough. They gave up on him far too soon, because he rocked the boat. Didnt fit the twins mold. But go ahead and nitpick on what happened with garza if it makes you feel better.
      Just because you have no doubt doesn't mean it's true. But if this helps you work out your frustrations...
    1. Aaron Cross's Avatar
      Aaron Cross -
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    1. Brad Swanson's Avatar
      Brad Swanson -
      Quote Originally Posted by Aaron Cross View Post
      Bunch of condescending pricks around here.
      Hey! Don't drag me into this. I just got here.

      Actually, I'm more arrogant than condescending, so I withdraw my original complaint.
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