Minnesota Twins: Minor League free agents

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Likely to stay in the minors

Taylor Featherston

Position: Pitcher    Age: 28

Brief 2017 stats: 77 games, 291 PA, 61 hits, 7 HR, 35 RBI, .237/.316/.370 at Triple-A

Featherston is not going to light the world on fire with his fielding skills. His appeal is his utility use in the infield. Appearing for three teams in last three seasons in MLB with the most time spent with Los Angeles Angels. Last season the Rays bought him from the Phillies in June. Spent time at second base, shortstop and third base.

Omar Bencomo

Position: Pitcher    Age: 29

Brief 2017 stats: Started 14 of 16 games at Double-A and 4 of 6 at Triple-A, 92.2 combined innings, 105 hits, 51 ER, 92 K, 24 BB

In 2015, Bencomo pitched for the Twins at single-A Fort Myers in 2015. In 2016, he pitched for double-A Chattanooga and triple-A Rochester while starting in 11 of 24 games. Last season he was in the Miami Marlins minor league system, again pitching in both Double-A and Triple-A.

Ryne Harper

Position: Pitcher    Age: 28

Brief 2017 stats: 46.1 innings, 42 hits, 20 ER, 45 K, 21 BB at Triple-A

Drafted in the 37th round by the Atlanta Braves, Harper has pitched exclusively as a reliever his professional career. In 2017, he pitched almost the entire season in Triple-A. Harper has never played in MLB.

Jermaine Curtis

Position: Infield    Age: 30

Brief 2017 stats: 78 games combined, 329 PA, 80 hits, 1 HR, 32 RBI, .296/.412/.374 at Double- and Triple-A

Curtis has played most of his minor league career at third base but was used a DH a lot last season. He has just three at-bats in the MLB and has played six seasons at Triple-A where his slash line is .268/.377/.352.

Andy Wilkins

Position: First Base    Age: 28

Brief 2017 stats: 61 games, 274 PA, 59 hits, 12 HR, 44 RBI, .254/.358/.474 at Double-A

Along with his time in double-A Chattanooga, Wilkins also played 43 games for Sugar Land Skeeters in the independent Atlantic League playing a majority of his games at first base. He last played in the majors in 2016 with the Milwaukee Brewers and is a career .134 hitter. Wilkins will most likely play first base at either Double-A or Triple-A.

Myles Jaye

Position: Pitcher    Age: 26

Brief 2017 stats: Started 25 games, 131.2 innings, 148 hits, 58 ER, 105 K, 46 BB combined

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Jaye has pitched the majority of the last two seasons in Double-A. However, he split the last season in Double-A  (4.29 ERA) and Triple-A (3.58 ERA), and he made his major league debut last season with the Detroit Tigers. He pitched in five games with the Tigers, starting two of them. His short appearance in the MLB did not go well. He allowed 17 earned runs in 12.2 innings.

Wynston Sawyer

Position: Catcher    Age: 26

Brief 2017 stats: 54 games, 201 PA, 51 hits, 4 HR, 17 RBI, .277/.333/.429 at Double-A

Sawyer played roughly ¾ of his games behind the plate, the other time was spent at first base. He spent 2011-2016 at either Single-A or High-A. His 2017 season was his first full year in Double-A. With the majority of his career spent in Single-A, Sawyer has the potential to back up at Double-A this season.

Yeison Perez

Position: Catcher    Age: 21

Brief 2017 stats: 35 games, 121 PA, 24 hits, 2 HR, 18 RBI, .224/.306/.318 at Foreign Rookie League

Perez has played four seasons in the Dominican Summer League. He’s a catcher and has played just two games in his career at first base.  He could potentially play a fifth season in the DSL. It doesn’t look good for the young catcher with many catchers ahead of him on the totem pole and his many years in the low minor league ranks.

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Giovahniey German

Position: Pitcher    Age: 17

Brief 2017 stats: None

Searching for German and anything baseball related leads to a dead end. There aren’t any stats on him. Additionally, most of the popular baseball websites, with player profiles, do not even have one for German. Because of his age, he will play in the lower levels of minor league baseball with no chance of making the major league team this season.

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