Joe Benson
Joe Benson
31-Year-Old OutfielderOF
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$Signed a contract with the Chicago Dogs of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball in May of 2018.
OFFree Agent  F
March 31, 2016
Benson was released by the Twins on Thursday, Seth Stohs of TwinsDaily.com reports.
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Benson was reassigned to minor league camp earlier this month, but the Twins apparently regarded him as expendable enough to release him entirely. Benson has been a mediocre hitter in the minors in recent seasons and hasn't appeared in the majors since 2011, both of which hurt his chances of getting signed by another organization.
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Benson seemed on the cusp of a major league job in spring training, but he slumped and was sent to the minors where he struggled with injuries. Benson had hamate bone surgery in May and then had a setback in late June. He then had season-ending surgery in July to remove loose bodies from his left knee. However, he did not hit even when healthy last season and was demoted all the way to Double-A. When healthy, his power-speed combination makes him an enticing option for fantasy baseball, but it is not clear if he has the on-base skills to win a starting job. He will likely move up quickly to Triple-A again in 2013 and there is still some hope he can rebound and make an impact in the majors.
Benson got an extended look with so many Twins players shut down in September due to injury, but he looked a little overmatched with a 3:21 BB:K ratio and .622 OPS in 21 games. His power-speed combination makes him an enticing option for fantasy baseball, but it's not clear if he has the on-base skills to win a starting job. He'll likely begin the season at Triple-A, but could win a reserve outfield job this spring or be called up early in the season.
Benson was named Minnesota's Minor League Player of the Year last season. He was an odd recipient of the organization's award since he hit just .259 between High-A Fort Myers and Double-A New Britain. However, he did hit .294/.375/.588 at High-A and his Double-A stats were in a tough hitting environment. He'll begin 2011 at Triple-A and could get called up as a reserve. He improved his power significantly in 2010 and has 20-20 potential, but it's not clear if he'll have the on-base skills to be an impact player in the majors.
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OFMinnesota Twins  F
March 18, 2016
Benson was reassigned to Minnesota's minor league camp.
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OFMinnesota Twins  F
December 3, 2015
Benson signed a minor league contract with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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June 19, 2015
Brenson was released by the Braves on Friday, Kevin McAlpin of Braves Radio Network reports.
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OFAtlanta Braves  F
April 4, 2015
Benson has been reassigned to Atlanta's minor league camp, Mark Bowman of MLB.com reports.
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OFAtlanta Braves  F
April 2, 2015
Benson has put himself in the running for a spot on the Braves' Opening Day roster, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports. "He's in the mix," manager Fredi Gonzalez said Wednesday. "He hasn't done anything not to be in the mix. Played solid center field, you trust him out there, makes good routes."
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