Joe Benson

LF / Minnesota Twins / EXP: 1YRS / MINORS Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 lb Age: 27 College: None Bats/Throws R/R

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    • by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

      Twins' Joe Benson: Minor league deal with Minnesota

      Benson signed a minor league contract with Minnesota, the Minneapolis Star Tribune reports. Benson was once one of the top prospects in the Minnesota system, but he never stuck in the majors. He played just 21 games with the Twins in 2010 and hasn't been back since. He split last season between Triple-A and Double-A and independent baseball and had a .667 OPS for Triple-A and .738 at Double-A. He's a long shot to reach the majors with the Twins again given a surplus of talent in the outifeld and will likely just add depth in the minors.

    • by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

      Braves dump SP Chien-Ming Wang, OF Joe Benson

      The Braves have released center fielder Joe Benson and veteran right-hander Chien-Ming Wang, both of whom had been playing for Triple-A Gwinnett. The 35-year-old Wang had not pitched in the major leagues since 2013. He posted miserable numbers this season, the most disturbing of which was 96 hits allowed in 62 innings, which explains his 6.10 ERA. Benson has not participated in a major league game since 2011.

    • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

      Braves option Todd Cunningham, reassign Joe Benson

      The Braves trimmed their roster by sending two outfielders to Triple-A Gwinnett, the team announced on Saturday. Outfielder Todd Cunningham was optioned to the minor-league affiliate. Cunningham hit .333 with six RBI in spring games for the Braves. The Braves also reassigned Joe Benson to Gwinnett. Benson hit .239 with two RBI.

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Braves option Cunniff to Triple-A, add Benson as non-roster invitee

      The Braves announced Thursday they optioned reliever Brandon Cunniff to Triple-A Gwinnett. They also added outfielder Joe Benson, who is competing for a spot on the bench, to the non-roster invitee list.

    • by Brandon Wise | Staff Writer

      Braves outfielder Joe Benson still pushing for roster spot

      Braves outfielder Joe Benson continues to impress the organization as they prepare to make the final roster adjustments before Opening Day. Wednesday, Benson drew the start in center field and ripped a solo home run in his appearance. "He barreled two balls off of Cole Hamels," manager Fredi Gonzalez said to MLB.com. "The center fielder made a terrific play on a ball that I thought beat him out in right-center field. He made a really, really nice swing on the home run." Benson is hitting .250 with two RBI in 12 plate appearances this spring and Gonzalez wants to see him continue on this path for the next few days. "[Benson] hasn't done anything not to be in the mix, really," Gonzalez said. "He's played some solid center field, and you trust him out there. He takes solid routes."

    • by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

      Joe Benson has good chance to make Braves' roster

      Braves manager Fredi Gonzalez said that outfielder Joe Benson has a good shot to make the team's Opening Day roster. Gonzalez praised Benson's "energy and passion", per the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. "We are looking for a right-handed outfielder that can play a little bit of center, and he comes over and he keeps doing something good," Gonzalez said. "I got on the phone yesterday with (assistant GM John Coppolella) and said 'I'd like to see Benson more.' It doesn't cost us anything, and you can bring him back and forth anytime we want. So Benson's here and we get a chance to play him."

    • by Michael Hurcomb | Fantasy Writer

      Marlins take 17 players off spring roster

      The Marlins reassigned 17 players to the minors Monday, which included optioning top pitching prospect Andrew Heaney to Double-A Jacksonville. Catcher Rob Brantly was also optioned to Triple-A New Orleans. Joining Brantly at New Orleans are Sam Dyson and Brian Flynn, who was competing for a spot in the team's rotation. Edgar Olmos was optioned to Jacksonville. The Marlins also reassigned Nick Wittgren, Bryan Evans, James Leverton, Greg Nappo, Adam Conley, Josh Spence, Rett Varner, Austin Barnes, Danny Black, Mark Canha, Colin Moran and Joe Benson to minor-league camp. Moran, who was the sixth overall pick in the 2013 MLB draft, is one of the team's top hitting prospects.

    • by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com

      Marlins announce non-roster invitees to spring training

      The Miami Marlins announced Thursday the 22 non-roster players that have received an invite to major-league spring training, the Sun Sentinel reports. Pitchers Jesus Sanchez and Kevin Slowey, reliever Josh Spence, infielder Juan Diaz and outfielders Matt Angle and Joe Benson all signed minor league contracts with spring training invites.Austin Barnes, Kyle Skipworth, Danny Black, Mark Canha, Colin Moran, Austin Nola, Anthony DeSclafani, Bryan Evans, Colby Suggs, Rett Varner, Nick Wittgren, Adam Conley, Andrew Heaney, James Leverton, Greg Nappo and Justin Nicolino -- all non-roster organizational players -- were extended invites to spring training.

    • by R.J. White | CBSSports.com

      Marlins, Joe Benson agree to minor-league deal

      The Marlins have agreed to a minor-league deal with outfielder Joe Benson , MLBDailyDish.com reports. The deal includes an invitation to spring training. Benson, who turns 25 years old in March, only has 71 at-bats at the major-league level, all coming in 2011 with the Twins. He hit .215/.294/.362 with seven home runs, 30 RBI and nine stolen bases in 307 at-bats across three minor-league levels last season.

    • by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com

      Rangers put in claim for Joe Benson

      The Rangers claimed recently waived outfielder Joe Benson Saturday. He was optioned to Double-A Frisco. Benson, a former top-100 prospect on Baseball America's lists in 2011 and 2012, has struggled badly since reaching Triple-A Rochester last season. He is hitting just .192 this season and .187 overall in 70 games at the level. The Twins were reportedly hoping his struggles would get him through waivers and off the 40-man roster.

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