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Joe Benson | Outfielder

Team: Atlanta Braves
Age / DOB:  (27) / 3/5/1988
Ht / Wt:  6'1' / 254
Bats / Throws: Right / Right
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Joe Benson homered off Cole Hamels in Wednesday's loss to the Phillies.
The Braves don't have a real backup in center for Eric Young Jr. after sending Eury Perez down, so they're weighing keeping Benson, even though he was an afterthought until a few days ago (he had a total of nine spring plate appearances before getting six the last two days). Once a quality prospect in the Twins chain, Benson hasn't really showed much offensively since 2011. He shouldn't be an option in NL-only leagues even if he does make the Braves. Apr 1 - 4:11 PM

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Braves signed OF Joe Benson to a minor league contract.

The 26-year-old outfielder hasn't seen time in the big leagues since he was a member of the Twins in 2011. He spent the 2014 campaign in the Marlins organization, slashing .259/.361/.403 with 10 homers, 62 RBI and 15 steals in 129 games between Double-A Jacksonville and Triple-A New Orleans.
Jan 10 - 12:01 PM

Marlins signed OF Joe Benson to a minor league contract.

The agreement includes an invitation to spring training. The 25-year-old hasn't been in the majors since a 21-game stint with the Twins in 2011. Benson was a top-100 prospect before 2011 and 2012 but has struggled to hit for average at the minor league level. He'll have a shot to win a bench job with the Marlins this spring.
Wed, Jan 1, 2014 07:31:00 PM

Rangers sent OF Joe Benson outright to Triple-A Round Rock.

Benson was designated for assignment on Sunday but has cleared waivers and will remain in the organization. He's batted just .205/.293/.394 with five homers at the Double-A level this season.
Tue, Sep 3, 2013 10:03:00 PM

Rangers designated OF Joe Benson for assignment.

Benson was claimed off waivers from the Twins in late May, but has struggled at Double-A Frisco. Through 37 games, he hit .205/.293/.394 with five homers, 16 RBI and three stolen bases. He's still talented enough to where there should be another club willing to take a chance on him.
Sun, Sep 1, 2013 01:03:00 PM

Rangers claimed OF Joe Benson off waivers from the Twins; assigned him to Double-A Frisco.

Benson struggled mightily at Triple-A Rochester this season, batting just .192 with one home run in 42 games. The Twins no longer viewed Benson as worthy of a 40-man roster spot and needed to clear room for Saturday's starter P.J. Walters.
Sat, May 25, 2013 01:32:00 PM

Twins optioned OF Joe Benson to Triple-A Rochester.

Benson was competing for the center field job this spring but batted just .154/.267/.288 over 17 games. The gig is expected to go to Aaron Hicks. The twins also reassigned Luis Perdomo to minor league camp.
Fri, Mar 22, 2013 09:12:00 AM

Joe Benson struck out four times in five plate appearances Thursday against the Red Sox.

Aaron Hicks has already blown past Benson in the center-field battle, which would still be the case even if Benson were hitting .300 rather than .150. Benson's future is likely as a reserve anyway. Barring an injury ahead of him, he's destined for some more Triple-A time.
Thu, Mar 7, 2013 05:18:00 PM

Twins recalled OF Joe Benson from Triple-A Rochester.

Benson batted just .202/.288/.336 this season while missing a good chunk of the season due to hamate bone surgery. He'll have a shot to make the roster next spring.
Fri, Oct 5, 2012 02:05:00 PM

Joe Benson (hamate bone surgery) has been cleared to move his rehab assignment to High-A Fort Myers.

Benson is working his way back from late-May wrist surgery and could be activated from the disabled list shortly after the All-Star break. The 24-year-old outfielder is doubtful to reach the majors this season.
Mon, Jul 9, 2012 09:26:00 AM

Twins outfield prospect Joe Benson is scheduled to undergo hamate bone surgery on Friday.

It's been a nightmare of a season for Benson, who was recently demoted from Triple-A Rochester to Double-A New Britain because of poor performance. The 24-year-old outfielder is doubtful to reach the majors this year. He made his big league debut last September.
Thu, May 24, 2012 03:57:00 PM

Twins outfield prospect Joe Benson has been demoted from Triple-A Rochester to Double-A New Britain.

Benson was batting just .179/.269/.316 with two home runs and 27 strikeouts through his first 28 games this season at the Triple-A level. He climbed all the way to the majors last year but seems doubtful to do it in 2012.
Mon, May 7, 2012 11:02:00 AM

Twins optioned OF Joe Benson to Triple-A Rochester.

Benson homered twice and drove in 10 runs this spring in the Grapefruit League. But the Twins want him to get regular playing time, and he wouldn't have found it in the major leagues. The 24-year-old should be up in the bigs later this summer.
Tue, Mar 27, 2012 08:51:00 AM

Twins' prospect outfielder Joe Benson was robbed at gunpoint while in Venezuela for winter ball.

Benson's incident actually happened prior to Wilson Ramos' kidnapping in Venezuela. The robbery occurred after the cab he was riding in crashed. While the Spanish-speaking driver was on the phone, four men approached Benson and took all of his belongings aside from a bag with his baseball spikes and some t-shirts. "When you don't speak the language, there's not much you can do," said Benson. "You can't really beg for your life. You can't ask them not to pull the trigger. You can't beg for mercy. I kind of sat there in silence, let everything happen." Benson went back to the United States a few days later to regroup, but returned to Venezuela and batted .216 (11-for-51) with four RBI during his time with Tigres de Aragua. The 22-year-old was recently ranked as the Twins' No. 2 prospect by Baseball America and figures to open the 2012 season with Triple-A Rochester.
Wed, Feb 1, 2012 12:00:00 AM

Joe Benson busted out with the best game of his young career Friday, going 4-for-4 with two doubles and a triple while scoring three runs in a loss to the Indians.

The September call-up was just 5-for-25 at the dish before tonight. Benson, a former second-round pick, batted 287/.389/.499 batting line with 16 home runs and 67 RBI for Double-A New Britain this season before his call-up. Depending on how the rest of the roster shakes out, the 23-year-old could be the team's long-term answer in left field.
Fri, Sep 16, 2011 11:18:00 PM

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2Joey Terdoslavich
2B1Jace Peterson
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3Phil Gosselin
SS1Andrelton Simmons
2Pedro Ciriaco
3B1Chris Johnson
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4Josh Outman
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