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Joe Benson LF

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Career Summary
Years PA AVG OBP SLG DRC+ WARP
10 74 .239 .270 .352 55 -0.4
Birth Date3-5-1988
Height6' 1"
Weight205 lbs
Age31 years, 0 months, 20 days
BatsR
ThrowsR
WARP Summary

MLB Statistics

YEAR TEAM AGE G PA H 2B 3B HR BB SO HBP SB CS AVG OBP SLG DRC+ DRAA BRR FRAA BWARP
2011 MIN 23 21 74 17 6 1 0 3 21 0 2 2 .239 .270 .352 55 -3.7 -1.5 -0.5 -0.4
Career217417610321022.239.270.35255-3.7-1.5-0.5-0.4

Statistics for All Levels

'opp' stats - Quality of opponents faced - have been moved and are available only as OPP_QUAL in the Statistics reports now.
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YEAR Team Lg LG G PA oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG BABIP BPF BRAA repLVL POS_ADJ DRC+ DRC+ SD FRAA BRR DRAA BWARP
2006 BLT A MDW 8 19 .000 .000 .000 .385 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 TWI Rk GCL 52 221 .244 .322 .342 .307 96 6.5 6.6 0 115 0 3.6 -1.9 -7.7 0.0
2007 BLT A MDW 122 507 .252 .323 .366 .340 94 8.9 16.0 0.4 104 0 1.5 2.4 -3.0 1.7
2008 BLT A MDW 69 290 .250 .317 .370 .330 101 -3.7 8.1 -0.9 93 0 5.7 -1.1 -6.3 0.6
2009 FTM A+ FSL 80 327 .254 .329 .365 .374 95 15.4 9.4 -1.6 142 0 0.5 -0.8 7.7 1.6
2009 TWI Rk GCL 2 7 .219 .302 .311 .200 88 2.1 0.2 0 196 0 0.0 0.2 0.5 0.1
2010 FTM A+ FSL 21 96 .249 .324 .370 .350 87 9.1 2.3 0.1 163 0 -3.2 0.9 3.8 0.4
2010 NBR AA EAS 102 423 .258 .332 .394 .301 102 13.9 12.0 -1.5 126 0 9.7 2.8 3.4 2.7
2011 MIN MLB AL 21 74 .257 .320 .395 .340 105 -2.5 2.0 -0.5 55 14 -0.5 -1.5 -3.7 -0.4
2011 NBR AA EAS 111 472 .258 .324 .395 .353 89 30.4 13.9 -0.4 141 0 11.4 1.5 11.6 3.8
2011 TWI Rk GCL 3 11 .238 .310 .319 .286 89 0 0.3 -0.1 117 0 -0.3 0.2 -0.2 0.0
2011 ARA Wnt VWL 17 62 .000 .000 .000 .306 0.0 0 0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2012 FTM A+ FSL 8 38 .258 .320 .366 .391 104 1.4 1.1 -0.1 131 0 -0.5 0.5 0.4 0.1
2012 NBR AA EAS 37 157 .261 .333 .400 .242 102 -7.4 4.3 -1 51 0 6.3 -1.8 -10.4 -0.3
2012 ROC AAA INT 28 108 .260 .327 .393 .224 94 -7.3 3.2 0.1 50 0 -1.7 0.9 -7.2 -0.5
2012 TWI Rk GCL 3 9 .250 .301 .321 .500 106 0.6 0.3 -0.1 118 0 -0.1 -0.6 -0.2 -0.1
2013 FRI AA TEX 37 150 .253 .314 .388 .262 102 -1.7 4.1 -0.5 78 0 -2.6 1.1 -6.6 -0.5
2013 ROC AAA INT 42 165 .255 .330 .393 .280 102 -9.4 4.7 -0.4 39 0 -3.1 1.6 -12.6 -1.0
2013 RNG Rk AZL 7 30 .241 .334 .349 .474 89 5.3 0.9 -0.1 208 0 1.8 0.7 1.6 0.5
2014 JAX AA SOU 124 498 .255 .330 .380 .313 99 18.2 13.7 -2.7 116 0 12.1 3.7 1.3 3.0
2014 NWO AAA PCL 5 9 .265 .326 .389 .000 84 -1.4 0.3 -0.1 61 0 -0.1 -0.3 -0.5 -0.1
2015 BIN AA EAS 54 217 .257 .323 .376 .288 102 2.6 5.8 -0.9 108 0 -2.6 2.3 -2.2 0.3
2015 GWN AAA INT 41 137 .260 .324 .372 .319 96 3.2 3.8 -1.3 101 0 6.4 1.3 -1.8 0.9

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team lvl LG PA AB R H 2B 3B HR TB RBI BB SO SB CS AVG OBP SLG ISO SF SH
2006 BLT A MDW 19 19 2 5 0 0 0 5 1 0 6 1 0 .263 .263 .263 .000 0 0
2006 TWI Rk GCL 221 196 30 51 11 5 5 87 28 21 41 9 10 .260 .338 .444 .184 0 0
2007 BLT A MDW 507 432 73 110 18 8 5 159 38 49 124 18 16 .255 .347 .368 .113 6 6
2008 BLT A MDW 290 254 39 63 16 3 4 97 27 24 73 17 11 .248 .328 .382 .134 2 2
2009 FTM A+ FSL 327 263 46 75 10 3 5 106 29 46 74 14 7 .285 .412 .403 .118 3 3
2009 TWI Rk GCL 7 5 1 1 0 0 0 1 0 2 0 1 1 .200 .429 .200 .000 0 0
2010 FTM A+ FSL 96 85 16 25 11 1 4 50 13 8 21 5 0 .294 .375 .588 .294 0 0
2010 NBR AA EAS 423 374 65 94 20 7 23 197 49 39 115 14 9 .251 .336 .527 .275 0 0
2011 ARA Wnt VWL 62 51 8 11 4 2 0 19 4 9 15 1 1 .216 .355 .373 .157 0 0
2011 TWI Rk GCL 11 9 2 2 1 0 0 3 0 2 2 1 1 .222 .364 .333 .111 0 0
2011 MIN MLB AL 74 71 3 17 6 1 0 25 2 3 21 2 2 .239 .270 .352 .113 0 0
2011 NBR AA EAS 472 400 69 114 28 4 16 198 67 56 109 13 9 .285 .388 .495 .210 3 0
2012 TWI Rk GCL 9 8 1 3 1 0 0 4 0 1 2 1 1 .375 .444 .500 .125 0 0
2012 ROC AAA INT 108 95 9 17 3 2 2 30 8 11 27 4 0 .179 .269 .316 .137 1 0
2012 FTM A+ FSL 38 33 7 10 3 0 1 16 8 5 9 4 0 .303 .395 .485 .182 0 0
2012 NBR AA EAS 157 141 13 26 6 1 3 43 20 13 43 4 3 .184 .268 .305 .121 0 0
2013 FRI AA TEX 150 132 18 27 4 3 5 52 16 15 44 3 1 .205 .293 .394 .189 1 0
2013 ROC AAA INT 165 151 20 29 7 2 1 43 9 10 50 4 2 .192 .256 .285 .093 0 0
2013 RNG Rk AZL 30 24 10 10 3 0 1 16 5 4 5 2 0 .417 .500 .667 .250 1 0
2014 NWO AAA PCL 9 7 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 2 3 0 1 .000 .222 .000 .000 0
2014 JAX AA SOU 498 417 71 110 23 4 10 171 62 57 96 15 4 .264 .364 .410 .146 8
2015 GWN AAA INT 137 118 18 29 8 1 0 39 9 15 27 4 0 .246 .346 .331 .085 0 1
2015 BIN AA EAS 217 184 32 46 10 1 4 70 24 25 36 7 1 .250 .355 .380 .130 2 0

Plate Discipline

YEAR Pits Zone% Swing% Contact% Z-Swing% O-Swing% Z-Contact% O-Contact% SwStr% CSAA
2011 289 0.5363 0.4464 0.6357 0.5161 0.3657 0.8125 0.3469 0.3643 -0.0030
Career2890.53630.44640.63570.51610.36570.81250.34690.3643-0.0030

Injury History  —  No longer being updated

Last Update: 12/31/2014 23:59 ET

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2013-06-12 2013-07-26 Minors 44 0 - Groin Strain -
2013-03-25 2013-03-27 Minors 2 0 Left Wrist Soreness - -
2012-08-18 2012-09-05 Minors 18 17 Left Knee Surgery Loose Bodies and Microfracture 2012-08-27 -
2012-05-19 2012-07-16 Minors 58 53 Left Wrist Surgery Hamate 2012-05-24 -
2011-06-03 2011-07-05 Minors 32 29 Left Knee Surgery Meniscus 2011-06-06
2009-05-12 2009-07-09 Minors 58 0 Right Hand Fracture Punching Object -

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2013 MIN $
2012 MIN $
2011 MIN $

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
0 y 23 d1 year (2016)

Details
  • 1 year (2016). Signed by Minnesota as a free agent 11/25/15 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2015). Signed by Atlanta as a free agent 1/7/15 (minor-league contract). Released by Atlanta 6/19/15. Signed by NY Mets 7/11/15 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2014). Signed by Miami 12/20/13 (minor-league contract).
  • 1 year (2013). Re-signed by Minnesota 2/21/13. Claimed by Texas off waivers from Minnesota 5/25/13. DFA by Texas 9/1/13. Sent outright to Triple-A 9/3/13.
  • 1 year (2012). Re-signed by Minnesota 3/3/12.
  • 1 year (2011). Contract purchased by Minnesota 11/19/10.
  • Drafted by Minnesota 2006 (2-64) (Joliet Catholic HS, Ill.). $0.575M signing bonus.

2019 Preseason Forecast

Last Update: 1/27/2017 12:35 ET

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2012-04-12 14:00:00 (link to chat)Hey Derek, thanks for the chat. Many people know I am better performer in the second half of season career-wise. Would you mind name more players you consider worth monitoring or even prospects who could have a big showing?
(Adam Laroche from National Capital)
Sorry, Adam, but I don't buy the whole first-half/second-half thing for most players. As far as prospects that could be recalled and make an impact go, there are a lot of guys that could fit the bill. To name a few: Bryce Harper, Mike Trout, Trevor Bauer, Joe Benson, Joe Wieland, Robbie Erlin, Leonys Martin, Tyler Skaggs, Jacob Turner, Brad Peacock, Jarrod Parker, Nolan Arenado, Danny Hultzen, and Brett Jackson. (Derek Carty)
2012-03-06 13:00:00 (link to chat)I had Leonys Martin penciled in as a keeper for a starting OF spot this year, but Ron Washington now says otherwise. Any thoughts on AL minor leaguers who might be making an impact come June/July?
(ChuckR from Chicago)
Wash said as long as guys stay healthy, which is impossible for Josh Hamilton and Nelson Cruz. Martin is very near the top of such a list. Also, Mike Trout's a possibility given injuries or trades, Joe Benson in Minnesota, Jacob Turner (if he doesn't start the year with the team), the Oakland pitchers (Peacock, Parker, Milone to a lesser extent), and Danny Hultzen for Seattle. (Derek Carty)
2012-02-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)What would you estimate for the number of times out of 100 that Joe Benson has a better all around career than Jaff Decker?
(goiter6 from MN)
Big big edge to Benson. (Kevin Goldstein)
2012-01-24 13:00:00 (link to chat)So assuming the Twins outfield is Revere/Plouffe, Span and Willingham, any thoughts on how that all changes when Joe Benson noses in? Would you expect Benson for late this year and for good starting next year?
(ssp833 from Twins Territory)
There are certainly ways for Benson to nose in this year. Span is both an injury and trade risk. Willingham is an injury risk (CHIPPER gave him all reds coming into 2011). I like Revere, but he has a non-zero demotion chance. Doumit is also an injury risk, and if he's lost for a long time, it's possible the team shifts Willingham to DH most days and plays Benson in the OF. I think by Opening Day 2013, the team will have found room somehow for Benson. (Derek Carty)
2011-10-31 13:00:00 (link to chat)Is there any chance the Twins do something big in the offseason? Would you let Cuddyer and/or Kubel walk if you're Billy Smith?
(richardkr34 from Saint Paul, MN)
When was the last time they did anything big that was acquiring as opposed to deacquisitioning? You would like to think they are finally ready to invest and rebuild, because I'm not sure how this team avoided losing 100 games. In an ideal world, Cuddyer and especially Kubel would walk, because they just don't give you that much bang for the buck, but you have to put SOMEONE on the field next year. Joe Benson can only take one spot. Between their habitual complacency and the tragic injuries to Mauer and Morneau, this team is really in a bad place. (Steven Goldman)
2011-09-02 14:00:00 (link to chat)When do you believe Joe Benson will reach the majors? Is he a genuine power/speed guy? A starting OF? What's his upside?
(Lloyd Cole from Chicago)
Where are the Commotions? I think we'll see Benson in 2012 and he still has some development in him. The power, the speed and the arm are all true plus tools, I just don't think he'll ever hit for a high average. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-02-28 13:00:00 (link to chat)How close was Joe Benson to the top 101?
(Klochner from MN)
VERY close. One of the last cuts. (Kevin Goldstein)
2011-01-03 14:00:00 (link to chat)four years: Joe Benson or Aaron Hicks
(Cris E from St Paul, MN)
B. (Kevin Goldstein)
2010-10-12 12:00:00 (link to chat)The Twins OF is looking mighty crowded. With guys like Ben Revere and Joe Benson (to a lesser extent) knocking on the door, who do think they might try and move in the off-season?
(Tobias from Minnesota)
They've got the option on Kubel at just under $5MM, which is nowhere near the lock it looked like it would be after 2009. There's also the question of Jim Thome, who is just totally and completely awesome in pretty much every way. One possible solution would be to let Kubel DH and make room in right. But that means no more taters for Jimmers. (Tommy Bennett)
2009-05-07 14:00:00 (link to chat)Joe Benson = this year's Dom Brown for an uber-toolsy guy who puts it together en route to becoming a higher-end prospect?
(George from Ft Myers)
Not convinced. (Kevin Goldstein)


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