Travis Tritt once sang I’m a member of the country club. Doug Bernier maybe should make that his ringtone. Yes, I’m intentionally being a little too harsh to a career minor leaguer, because the Minnesota Twins keep playing him over guys that aren’t 34-years-old.
The Twins have re-signed Doug Bernier continuing the cavalcade of minor league re-signing this week. Bernier joins the likes of James Beresford and Eric Farris with new contracts this week. Bernier’s contract is a minor league deal.
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Bernier still has options remaining, as well.
Bernier has played in 40 games at the major league level with the Twins. 33 of those were in 2013 and seven of those were last season in 2014. Bernier also appeared in two games with the Colorado Rockies in 2008.
At the major league level, Bernier has appeared in 23 games at short, eight games at second and seven games at third. Bernier is very much a utility player having appeared at every spot except center field and catcher in the minors. Bernier has been on the mound twice in the minors.
Bernier appears to be an AAAA player. Someone who is probably better than Triple-A, but can’t find a consistent footing in the major leagues. Bernier has now played in eight full seasons at the Triple-A level spread across the Twins, New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Colorado Rockies systems.
Last season, Bernier appeared in 124 games for Triple-A Rochester. Bernier hit .280/.348/.396 with 54 RBI and six home runs in 2014. He notched 113 hits.