Twins sign Ryan Wheeler to minor league deal

After getting released from the Los Angeles Angels, Ryan Wheeler has found a new home with the Minnesota Twins.

The Minnesota Twins have signed third baseman Ryan Wheeler to a minor league contract, according to the league's transactions page. Wheeler has beem assigned to their Triple-A affiliate at Rochester.

The 26-year-old infielder and former highly regarded Arizona Diamondbacks' prospect has put up a disappointing MLB slashline of .233/.280/.335 over 225 major league plate appearances spanning one call-up with Arizona and two with the Colorado Rockies; a stark contrast to his tantalizingly successful seven-year minor league career resume boasting a .306/.363/.462 resume.

Trevor Plouffe is holding down third base for the big club nicely, and highly touted prospect Miguel Sano is expected to be called up this summer, though he's currently languishing at the Double-A Chattanooga affiliate with a .213 BA and a 35K/19BB ratio over 112 AB that takes some of the luster off his six home runs and seven doubles.

So for now, Wheeler provides minor league depth for the Twins' organization and later, perhaps, a left-handed platoon or bench bat if Sano's call-up doesn't pan out. In the meantime, Wheeler gets to be teammates with his younger brother Jason, who is a former Twins' draft pick and is a starting pitcher for Rochester.


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