News broke Thursday afternoon that the Minnesota Twins acquired outfielder Jeremy Hazelbaker from the Tampa Bay Rays for cash considerations. If you have no idea who Hazelbaker is, good for you! Also, don’t be worried. Though he’s spent time playing for the Cardinals in 2016 and the Diamondbacks in 2017, 30-year-old Hazelbaker has spent most of his time in the minors, including all of this year to date.
Speaking of to date, Hazelbaker has hit a combined .211/.292/.394 this year between the Triple-A clubs for the Diamondbacks and Rays. Not super inspiring, I know, but Hazelbaker does seem to add some depth in the outfield or something like that. Who knows, maybe he could become Byron Buxton’s new best friend?
Despite Hazelbaker’s poor numbers so far this year in Triple-A, he did actually hit well in the majors. Over 155 games, he hit .258/,327/.500 with 14 home runs. That’s pretty much better than Logan Morrison at this point, so give the new Twin/Red Wing a hand.
I’m assuming Hazelbaker will be assigned to Triple-A and we’ll pretty much never hear about him again.