James Beresford saw his first action in the majors despite hitting .269/.330/.312 at Triple-A as the Twins chose to reward his long service in the organization and with few options available for infield depth in September. His defensive versatility is intriguing, but his lack of hitting prowess will likely relegate him to organizational depth.
Beresford was outrighted to Triple-A Rochester on Monday, Mike Berardino of the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports. Beresford got his first taste of the majors following a September callup, but the Twins decided to cast him off the 40-man roster after he finished his fourth straight season at the Triple-A level. His defensive versatility is intriguing, but his lack of hitting prowess will likely relegate him to organizational depth duties going forward, whether he accepts the assignment or not.
Beresford was officially recalled from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday. As expected, Beresford will come up from Triple-A, where hit .269 on the season after posting an impressive .307 average in 2015. Beresford, who has never appeared in a major league game, figures to play sparingly down the stretch, even with the Twins well out of postseason contention. In order to clear a spot on the 40-man roster, Minnesota moved Danny Santana to the 60-day DL on Tuesday.
Beresford is set to be called up from Triple-A Rochester on Tuesday, Phil Miller of the Star Tribune reports. Beresford has yet to play for the big club in his career. Coming off a 2015 campaign where he hit .307, Beresford's current line of .269/.330/.312 is certainly disappointing. When he comes up to the Twins, Beresford's playing time may be sparing as Brian Dozier and Jorge Polanco are ahead of him on the depth chart at second base.
Beresford went 1-for-3 with a a double and a walk against the Red Sox on Thursday. Beresford hit his third double of spring training on Thursday, but is hitting just 9-for-42 in 24 exhibition games. The 27-year-old shortstop will have a very difficult time seeing much time at shortstop this season as he starts the season behind Eduardo Escobar, Eduardo Nunez, and Danny Santana.
Beresford was re-signed to a minor-league deal with the Twins, LaVelle E. Neal of the Star Tribune reports. Beresford put together a terrific batting average in Triple-A Rochester (.307 in 507 at-bats) this season, but his lack of power likely precludes minimal fantasy relevance with the Twins in 2016.