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51 Joe Benson CF
Height/Weight: 6-1/215 | Birthdate: 3/5/1988 | Birthplace: Hinsdale, IL | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: Miami | College: None | MLB Experience: 1 | Owned/Started%: 0/0 | Average Draft Position: 1360.00
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Marlins take 17 players off spring roster


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(3/17/2014) 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.


Marlins announce non-roster invitees to spring training


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(1/9/2014) 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.

Marlins, Joe Benson agree to minor-league deal


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(1/1/2014) 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.


Rangers put in claim for Joe Benson


by Chris Towers | CBSSports.com
(5/25/2013) 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
(3/22/2013) 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
(1/28/2013) 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."