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Twins' Joe Benson: Minor league deal with Minnesota
by RotoWire Staff | Special to CBSSports.com

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 2011 and hasn't been back since. He split last season between Triple-A and Double-A and independent baseball and had a lackluster .667 OPS for Triple-A and .738 OPS at Double-A. He's a long shot to reach the majors with the Twins again given a surplus of talent in the outfield and will likely just add depth in the minors.

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Braves dump SP Chien-Ming Wang, OF Joe Benson
by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com

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.

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Braves option Todd Cunningham, reassign Joe Benson
by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com

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.

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Braves option Cunniff to Triple-A, add Benson as non-roster invitee
by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com

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.

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Braves outfielder Joe Benson still pushing for roster spot
by Brandon Wise | CBSSports.com

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."

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Position Current Last Week Rating
Center Fielders DNQ 56
Situational Stats
SituationABHHROBPSLGAVG
vs Kansas City1220 .167 .250 .167
vs Chen (Career)300000
vs LHP1400 .067 .000 .000
Last 7 Games
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03/19@BOS3010300
03/21@DET4121210
03/22BAL3000000
03/23@NYY1000000
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Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRHHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2011MIN21713170232122 .270 .352 .239
2012MIN0000000000 --- --- ---
2013MIN-TEX0000000000 --- --- ---
Total 21713170232122 .270 .352 .239
Fielding Stats
YearTeamPosnGGSTCPOAEDPFLD%
2011MINOF20194644020 .957
Total  20194644020 .957
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2011MIN612500001
2012MIN00000000
2013MIN-TEX00000000
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Minor League Batting Stats
YearTeamGABRH2B3BHRRBIBBSOSBCSOBPSLGAVG
2006 A-Beloit819250001--610 .263 .263 .263
2006 R-Twins5219630511155282141910 .335 .444 .260
2007 A-Beloit12243273110188538491241816 .347 .368 .255
2008 A-Beloit69254396316342724731711 .326 .382 .248
2009R-GCL Twins251100002--11 .429 .200 .200
2009AFA-Fort Myers8026346751035294674147 .414 .403 .285
2010AA-New Britain Rock Cat1023746594207234939115149 .336 .527 .251
2010AFA-Fort Myers Miracle2185162511141382150 .375 .588 .294
2011R-GCL Twins392210002211 .364 .333 .222
2011AA-New Britain Rock Cat11140069114284166756109139 .388 .495 .285
2012R-GCL Twins381310001211 .444 .500 .375
2012AA-New Britain Rock Cat37141132661320134343 .268 .305 .184
2012AAA-Rochester Red Wings28959173228112740 .269 .316 .179
2012AFA-Fort Myers Miracle83371030185940 .395 .485 .303
Total 6462314373596128346828827764610668 .348 .430 .258
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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-1/215
Birthdate:
3/5/1988
Age:
27
Hometown:
Hinsdale, IL
Bats/Throws:
R/R
Team:
Minnesota Twins
College:

MLB Experience:
1
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