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The Marlins continue to add some intriguing pieces this offseason with the acquisition of outfielder Joe Benson. Benson, 26, is considered a five tool player who has been on the cusp of a major league career for some time. He is an outfielder capable of playing all 3 positions. Chris Cotillo had the story first.
Benson was drafted out of high school by the Minnesota Twins in the second round and he was a top ranked prospect in that organization before joining the Texas Rangers last year. He didn’t have a great year in the minor’s last year which surely was disappointing for him. Miami signs him to a minor league contract and a spring training invite. It looks like Benson is just looking for an opportunity to showcase his skill.
Benson has a long road in front of him if he is going to make it to the big show with the Marlins. Miami currently has a fourth outfielder on the roster with Brian Bogusevic, and another potential starter in front of him in Jake Marisnick. Benson would have to submit a spectacular spring training to even be considered for a roster spot to start the season, but if Bogusevic doesn’t work out, Benson could be an option.
I would be very surprised if we see Benson in Miami this season. Barring injuries, I expect him to be in New Orleans for the season, and if he is able to post some solid numbers, he might be looking at a role in 2015.
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