Minnesota Twins: Minor League free agents

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NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 22: Chris Heisey #14 of the Washington Nationals pinch hits in the eighth inning as Rene Rivera #44 of the New York Mets defends on April 22, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – APRIL 22: Chris Heisey #14 of the Washington Nationals pinch hits in the eighth inning as Rene Rivera #44 of the New York Mets defends on April 22, 2017 at Citi Field in the Flushing neighborhood of the Queens borough of New York City. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images) /

Likely to get called up first

Chris Heisey

Position: Outfield    Age: 33

Brief 2017 stats: 38 games, 79 plate appearances, 12 hits, 1 HR, 5 RBI, .162/.215/.270 at MLB

Heisey is a right-handed hitting corner outfielder who has always been a part-time player. Looking for a right-handed power bat to face lefty pitchers? Look elsewhere. Oddly, he hits 30 points higher against right-handed pitchers (.248 to .218). He has by far the most experience at the MLB level in the group of signees.

Heisey hasn’t played nearly as much as he did with the Cincinnati Reds. He has largely been used as a pinch hitter with the Los Angeles Dodgers and Washington Nationals. There is a chance, with his MLB experience, Heisey makes an impact with the Twins this season.

Bobby Wilson

Position: Catcher    Age: 34

Brief 2017 stats: 75 games, 275 PA, 59 hits, 11 HR, 45 RBI, .243/.318/.428 at Triple-A

After spending five seasons the Los Angeles Angels, Wilson has played with four different teams in the last two seasons.

He’s a dependable fielder behind the plate. Wilson last played in the majors in 2016 with the Tampa Bay Rays, Texas Rangers, and Detroit Tigers. A career .214 hitter in the MLB, he’ll most likely serve as the third catcher on the depth chart and would fill in where need if an injury occurs at the major league level.

Leonardo Reginatto

Position: Infield    Age: 27

Brief 2017 stats: 86 games, 315 PA, 84 hits, 3 HR, 38 RBI, .303/.369/.390 at Triple-A

Reginatto spent the entire year at triple-A and performed quite well. Although he didn’t hit for much power as evident in his .390 slugging percentage, he did slug 39 points higher than his career average. The .390 slugging percentage was also his highest since he slugged .393 in 2013.

A utility infielder for most of his minor league career, Reginatto spent most of his time last season at either third base or second base. He’ll play at Triple-A and may get a chance to moonlight with the Twins. However, he’s not on the 40-man roster currently.

Nick Buss

Position: Outfield    Age: 31

Brief 2017 stats: 114 games, 390 PA, 123 hits, 11 HR, 55 RBI, .348/.395/.541 at Triple-A

Buss played primarily in the corner outfield spots but also played 15 games at first base (first time playing 1B in his career).

He won the Pacific Coast League batting title and last played in the MLB in 2016 with the Dodgers where he played 36 games, most of them in left field. He as the potential to pass others signed this offseason as the fifth outfielder if he continues to hit well.

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