Minnesota Twins Prospect Joe Benson To Undergo Surgery

March 25, 2012; Jupiter, FL, USA; Minnesota Twins center fielder Joe Benson (63) at bat during a spring training game against the St. Louis Cardinals at Roger Dean Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Brad Barr-US PRESSWIRE

The Twins prospect has fallen on rough times during the 2012 season.

Joe Benson entered the season as the 99th best prospect in baseball, according to Baseball America, but it has been a disastrous 2012 for the young outfielder. After his poor performance saw him demoted from Triple-A to Double-A earlier this season, Benson will likely be shelved for six weeks after he undergoes hamate bone surgery on Friday.

In 2011, Benson registered 71 at-bats for the Minnesota Twins, hitting .239 with two RBI. The cup of coffee was supposed to be a step forward in his career but 2012 has went in the opposite direction.

Benson started the season with a .179 average in in 95 at-bats in Triple-A. After being demoted, he hit .156 before the injury.

With the Twins struggling this season, he could have been in line for another promotion to the majors with a strong start to the year.

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