January 22, 2009

Top 50 Twins Prospects 2009: #27 Joe Benson

2009 Top 50 Twins Prospects | #27 | Joe Benson

Position | Outfield

Bats/Throws | Right/Right

| March 5, 1988 (Hinsdale, Illinois)

School | Catholic Academy

| 6'2''

| 211 lbs.

2008 Ranking
| 12

Joe Benson was drafted by the Twins in the 2nd round of the 2006 draft. He's one of the best all-around athletes in the entire system. He was a highly touted football prospect before he was drafted but decided to go through with Baseball instead. Although he played a lot of the time at catcher in his high school days, he has primarily played center field due to his athleticism so far in the pros. Benson has the potential to be a 5-tool player, but he has yet to show any of it at the plate. After spending the last two seasons in Beloit, he still hasn't really given the organization a reason to move him up. He is a very raw player who still has a lot to learn. He will only be 21-years-old in 2009, so there is still plenty of time for him to turn the ship forward. His 2008 season was cut short by a back injury but he was making improvements in the power department which is great to see. Hopefully he can start cutting down on his strikeouts and increase his on-base percentage.

2008 Statistics
Level      G     PA     AVG     OBP     SLG     XBH     HR     SO
A-        69    290    .248    .326    .382      23      4     73

2009 Outlook

He's still young enough, so sending him back for a third season at Beloit may still be an option. It will all depend on his Spring Training results. The FSL is tough on hitters, so he'll have a tough task ahead if Ft. Myers is his destination.


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