Looks like the Marlins are adding another AAAA talent to their organization in the trend of another low-risk, high-reward situation. The Marlins grabbed Joe Benson, formerly of the Rangers and Twins organizations, who was regarded as a 5 tool player and among the best prospects in baseball when he was a member of the Twins.
Benson, who turns 26 in March, was originally drafted in the 2nd round (64th overall) by the Twins in 2006, and was ranked as one of the organization’s top prospect for the last few years. According to Baseball America, Benson was the Twins’ second best prospect after the 2007 and 2011 seasons, and was ranked within the team’s top fifteen prospects from every season from 2006 to 2011. Baseball America also ranked him as the 100th best prospect in baseball after the 2010 season, and the 99th a year later.
According to reports, Benson signed a minor league deal and includes an invite to Spring Training where he is expected to compete for the backup outfielder spot along with Jake Marisnick and Brian Bogusevic.