|2013 Season (CBSSports.com)||36.00||0.00||.222||1.00||2.00||1.00|
|Games Played By Position|
|vs Kansas City||12||2||0|| .167|| .250|| .167|
|vs Chen (Career)||3||0||0||0||0||0|
|vs LHP||14||0||0|| .067|| .000|| .000|
|06/14/2013||Anthony Gose, RF TOR|
Joe Benson, CF TEX
Ryan Flaherty, 2B BAL
Josh Donaldson, 3B OAK
Hisashi Iwakuma, SP SEA
|Lyle Overbay, 1B NYY|
Josh Willingham, LF MIN
Matt Joyce, RF TB
Jeremy Bonderman, SP SEA
David Price, SP TB
|06/10/2013||Joe Benson, CF TEX|
Koji Uehara, RP BOS
Ross Detwiler, SP WAS
Elvis Andrus, SS TEX
|Jason Vargas, SP LAA|
Munenori Kawasaki, SS TOR
Alex Meyer, SP MIN
|Last 10 Games|
|Rangers put in claim for Joe Benson|
|by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com|
(5/25/13) 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.
|Twins option Joe Benson|
|by Jack Moore | CBSSports.com|
(3/22/13) The Twins optioned Joe Benson to Triple-A on Friday, Rhett Bollinger of MLB.com reports.
Benson, 25, hit just .154/.267/.288 in 60 spring training plate appearances. He'll be looking to prove 2012 was an abberation, as the outfielder hit a terrible .202/.288/.336 between four minor-league levels last season.
|Benson gets clean slate|
|by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com|
(1/28/13) Perhaps no player in baseball is looking forward to a new season more than Twins prospect Joe Benson, who had a tumultuous 2012 campaign. On top of hitting below .200 at Triple-A and Double-A, Benson broke his wrist and hurt his knee, which eventually resulted in microfracture surgery and being shut down for three months. "I can't even begin to describe how excited I am, going from the worst summer athletically of my entire life to kind of getting a second chance and getting a crack at it. I can't wait for the first day of spring training," Benson said, per the Star Tribune. Benson is competing for the starting center field job with Aaron Hicks and Darin Mastroianni. "We're gonna clean the slate," Twins general manager Terry Ryan said. "He's 100 percent. He's a talented kid. I think he's maturing and starting to figure out that opportunities are here and he should take advantage."
Twins camp report: Likes and Dislikes
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Trade 2 center fielders in one winter? No, that wasn't the plan
The Twins ended up trading two center fielders in one winter, which helped two teams in the National League (and may have helped the Twins), but didn't help Michael Bourn. GM Terry Ryan says trading two center fielders was not the original plan.
|This time a year ago, Joe Benson was a candidate to claim the starting right field job, having averaged 21.5 homers and 16.5 steals over his last two seasons in the minors. But he didn't claim the starting right field job or even a bench spot. Instead, he went the entire 2012 season without getting a major-league at-bat. And he didn't deserve one, hitting only .202 between four minor-league stops. Of course, he was never entirely healthy, needing surgery on his left hand in May and on his left knee in August, but at age 25, he could scarcely afford a lost season. For all of his power and speed potential, he still has to prove he can make consistent contact in the majors. He's in the same boat as Brett Jackson of the Cubs, only with the added concern of having better prospects like Aaron Hicks and Oswaldo Arcia closing in behind him. Technically, Benson is competing with Hicks and Darin Mastroianni to replace the departed Denard Span in center field, but he'll need a monster spring to win back the trust of the organization. He's a sleeper better left for AL-only leagues. (Updated 1/8/13)|
|Upcoming 7 Games|
|6/20/13||OAK||2:05 pm||A.J. Griffin|
|6/21/13||@ STL||8:15 pm||Tyler Lyons|
|6/22/13||@ STL||7:15 pm||Shelby Miller|
|6/23/13||@ STL||8:05 pm||Adam Wainwright|
|6/25/13||@ NYY||7:05 pm||Hiroki Kuroda|
|6/26/13||@ NYY||7:05 pm||Phil Hughes|
|6/27/13||@ NYY||1:05 pm||Andy Pettitte|