Ben Paulsen

35-Year-Old First Baseman1B
 Free Agent  
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$Released by the Twins in May of 2017.
Cut loose by Twins
1BFree Agent  
May 15, 2017
Paulsen was released by the Twins on Monday, Brandon Warne of reports.
Paulsen batted just .230 with a 20.3 percent strikeout rate in 74 at-bats with Triple-A Rochester, so the Twins decided to cut ties with him in order to make room for the higher-upside prospects in their system. Despite being kicked out of the organization, the 29-year-old does have a decent bit of MLB service time to his name, so he could find a new job fairly soon with an organization needing depth in the corner outfield or at first base.
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August 14, 2016
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July 18, 2016
Danny Valencia's defense has cost him some playing time of late, but RotoWire's Kevin Payne says he's absolutely worth a play Monday against the Astros if he can get the start at DH or first base.
FanDuel MLB: Monday Value Plays
May 9, 2016
While many fantasy players will be focusing on Coors Field, RotoWire's Kevin Payne explains why a former Rockie may be a solid pick Monday on FanDuel.
Weekly Hitter Rankings: Arizona's Turn to Mash
May 7, 2016
Erik Siegrist breaks down his hitting rankings for the upcoming slate of games, highlighted by some attractive seven-game slates for the Diamondbacks, Red Sox and Mets.
DraftKings MLB: Thursday Picks
May 5, 2016
Buster Posey is the most expensive catcher on Thursday's slate, but Neil Parker explains why DFS players should be paying up for the Giants' backstop.
Past Fantasy Outlooks
Paulsen took advantage of an injury to Justin Morneau and hit .277/.326/.462 in 116 plate appearances, a heavily Coors-inflated batting line. Paulsen’s .847 OPS at Coors Field was 129 points better than his mark on the road, and he struck out in an absurd 31.1 percent of plate appearances away from home. The 28-year-old Paulsen has had the look of a quad-A player throughout his minor league career; he's hit as many as 20 home runs in the minor leagues, but lacks the bat to stick at first and the glove to stick in a corner-outfield spot in the majors. Still, he can rack up some fantasy-worthy numbers while playing in Coors Field. Even if plenty of minor leaguers could do the same job, Paulsen’s the one with the opportunity.
Paulsen looked to be written off as a potential big leaguer after supplying mediocre production across his first four seasons in the minors, but he’s put himself back on the radar since reaching the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League in 2013. He’s slashed a cumulative .293/.361/.528 over 999 plate appearances at Triple-A over the past two seasons, parlaying those achievements into his first promotion to the big leagues last July. Paulsen’s successes didn’t stop once he joined the Rockies, as he ended up delivering comparable numbers (.919 OPS in 64 plate appearances) while serving mostly as a fill-in at first base and right field. Paulsen surely benefited from calling Coors Field home, but he still earns credit for performing better than many of the other Triple-A hitters the Rockies brought in last season. While Paulsen’s limited positional flexibility hurts his chances of landing a reserve role for the Rockies in 2015, he could rank among the team’s first callups if Justin Morneau or a corner outfielder succumbs to injury.
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Shifted to minors camp
1BMinnesota Twins  
March 30, 2017
Paulsen was reassigned to minor-league camp Thursday, Rhett Bollinger of reports.
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Won't make 25-man roster
1BMinnesota Twins  
March 26, 2017
Paulsen (calf) struck out as a pinch hitter in Sunday's loss to Boston. He's been told he won't make the final 25-man roster, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports.
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Dealing with minor calf injury
1BMinnesota Twins  
March 20, 2017
Paulsen (calf) is reportedly okay after being kicked in the calf during Monday's spring league game, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
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Leaves game after being stepped on
1BMinnesota Twins  
March 20, 2017
Paulsen was forced to exit Monday's game after his heel was stepped on, Mike Berardino of the Pioneer Press reports.
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Signs minor league contract with Minnesota
1BMinnesota Twins  
December 5, 2016
Paulsen signed a minor league contract with Minnesota that includes an invite to spring training.
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