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Prospect Q&A: Joe Benson

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Tom Brunansky might be the ideal mentor for Joe Benson. The 23-year-old Benson rated as the fourth-ranked prospect in the Twins system coming into the season thanks in part to excellent power from the right side, which is exactly what Brunansky provided in 14 big-league seasons, including seven in a Minnesota uniform. The former outfielder is now Benson's hitting coach in Double-A New Britain, where the youngster got off to a torrid start. One year after banging out 27 home runs, Benson is hitting .272/.362/.456 over his first 30 games.<br/><br/>The teacher and pupil sat down to talk hitting prior to a recent game in Portland, Maine.

Minors | #2011#Prospect Bulletin

Prospect Q&A: Jair Jurrjens

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Jair Jurrjens can pitch in four languages. A 21-year-old righthander from Curacao, in the Netherlands Antilles, he can also spot up a fastball that tops out at 97 mph. He sat down with David Laurila in spring training to talk about his career and pitching philosophy.

Minors | #2007#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Daniel Bard

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Red Sox 2006 first-rounder Daniel Bard has yet to throw a pitch professionally, but we caught up with him during Boston's instructional league in Fort Myers, Fla., where he's learning the ropes and opening eyes with his upper-90s heat.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A

Prospect Q&A: Ryan Khoury

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Ryan Khoury feels like a kid stealing candy. Boston's 12th-round pick in the 2006 draft, Khoury was promoted from short-season Lowell to Triple-A Pawtucket on Aug. 3, to help fill a need in the PawSox infield when Enrique Wilson retired. To the surprise of many, the former walk-on at the University of Utah is still there.

Minors | #2006#Prospect Q&A