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Who and why is Logan Schafer?

Danny Santana was placed on the DL, and the Twins called up Logan Schafer to replace him. But what is “Logan Schafer”?

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He can bunt, apparently, but what else can Logan Schafer do?

Earlier today the Twins placed Danny Santana on the 15-day disabled list and selected the contract of triple-A outfielder Logan Schafer to take Danny’s place. Now, if you are wondering who the H-E-double hockey sticks is Logan Schafer, you are not alone. I’m not sure if anyone expected him to play in the big leagues for the Twins, this year (or ever), but alas—here we are.

For one thing, Logan Schafer is not Jordan Schafer, an outfielder who briefly played for the Twins in 2014 and 2015 and is now a pitcher in the Dodgers organization. Logan Schafer is a different outfielder, one who is 29 years old and was drafted by and spent his career before now with the Brewers organization. He appeared in major league games for the Brewers in 2011 through 2015, only spending significant time in the bigs in 2013, when he played in 134 games. He hit .211 that season, and holds a MLB .212 career batting average overall.

The Twins signed Schafer on June 2nd to add outfield depth to their system. Before that, Schafer had been playing with the independent Lancaster Barnstormers of the Atlantic League.

Basically, Logan Schafer is not a Twins prospect. He’s a fourth-outfielder-type who can serve as a warm body on the bench. And hell, at this point, why not?

Welcome, Logan Schafer, and good luck. Maybe you can be the new Robbie Grossman.