Thursday, November 5, 2015

The Twins re-sign one of their own free agents

The Minnesota Twins re-signed minor league free agent 2B/SS Heiker Meneses to a Minor League deal.  The 5'9", 200 lbs veteran of 8 minor league seasons just turned 24 years old and spent all of 2015 in Chattanooga where he hit .259/.317/.300, mostly alternating between second base and shortstop.  He also had a handful of games at third base and part of one at first.   

Even though of a prospect age, he is not top prospect material (he was ranked as the Red Sox' 30th prospect by Baseball America after 2011, his age 19 season when he moved all the way from single A Greenville to AA Portland, including a stop at High A Salem where he hit .356/.416/.574 in 114 plate appearances).

Meneses will provide depth and more than steady defense in the middle infield; he was voted as the best defensive second baseman in the Southern League by the league's managers and coaches, complementing prospects Levi Michael and Jorge Polanco.  His ceiling is a potential utility infielder at the major league level.  Depending on the Twins' off-season, he would likely return to Chattanooga for his 6th trip to AA or move up to Rochester as a 24 year old.

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