Joe Benson has already changed teams twice this year, but his latest promotion only put him back where he started.
Benson began the year with Double-A New Britain, but after 33 games the Twins sent the 22-year-old outfielder down to high Class A Fort Myers in mid-May. It's not that Benson was overmatched—he was hitting .219/.346/.419 at the time of his demotion, but it was only one month into the season, though his strikeouts were a touch high.
After clobbering Florida State League pitching for the last month, Benson returned to New Britain yesterday for a doubleheader and went 4-for-8 with a home run and a double. Benson's progression through the system has been deliberate—he was a second-round pick out of high school four years ago—but scouts still see the outstanding athleticism and tools that could lead to a breakout year at any time.
This is just getting silly. Braves righthander Julio Teheran had his third double-digit strikeout game yesterday in his sixth game since getting promoted to high Class A Myrtle Beach a month ago. Teheran threw his fastball consistently in the mid-90s and left after striking out 12 with just two walks and two hits in seven shutout innings. The scary thing is that he's still just 19 and might already be too good for the Carolina League. What date of the year did he sign again? July 2? Never heard of it.
Hot Corner, Cold Bat
Josh Vitters has plus power, but he's having a hard time tapping into it in games with his approach. Yesterday he went 2-for-4 and hit his second home run of the year with Double-A Tennessee, but the transition to the Southern League has been a struggle for Vitters, who is hitting .233/.275/.330 with three unintentional walks in 109 plate appearances with the Smokies. Eight errors in 32 games are also reflective of some scouts' concerns about his ability to be a playable defender for the Cubs at third.
The Man Can Hit
Let's be clear: Edinson Rincon is not the Padres third baseman of the future. That doesn't have anything to do with his bat, though. Rincon, 19, has gotten off to a slow start with low Class A Fort Wayne, but he's still been putting the ball in play with just 40 strikeouts in 274 plate appearances (15 percent) and five home runs, a solid count for a Midwest League teenager. Lately Rincon has been at his best, having hit safely in his last 14 games including yesterday's 1-for-4 showing in which homered and drew a walk. As for the defense, however, 23 errors in 57 games is the sign of a future corner outfielder.
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