Wilson Ramos wasn’t the only baseball player in danger while in Venezuela. Joe – on his way to his winter ball assignment there – was robbed at gunpoint while taking a taxi. They took it all – his laptop, glove, everything.
Here’s what he had to say about the situation: “When you don’t speak the language, there’s not much you can do,” Benson said. “You can’t really beg for your life. You can’t ask them not to pull the trigger. You can’t beg for mercy. I kind of sat there in silence, let everything happen.”
But enough about that, let’s talk about his skill set. Joe is making just about every Top 100 prospect list that is making the rounds, mainly on the strength of his balanced game. He’s a plus arm, average-to-plus wheels, and 20+ homer power. Many scouts peg him as a 25 HR/15 SB .275 guy. (Think Corey Hart as a comparison.)
The problem is that he has a lot of swing and miss in his game. The good news is that’s he’s working hard on this, growing to understand the strike zone and learning to recognize off speed stuff so he’ll stop that darned swinging at sliders in the dirt.
He won’t break camp with the Twins, but he’ll be up before the year is out (Like the Twins won’t have any injuries this year!). He doesn’t have a whole lot of fantasy potential this year, if any. But he’s a good name to remember as he’s the kind of balanced outfielder that could serve as a fantastic #3 fantasy baseball outfielder in the future.
Indeed, the primary reason for this profile is that he shares the same birthday I do and he sports a pretty fantastic pseudo mullet that itself is worth a future draft pick.