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#1 SD Buhr

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 12:10 AM

James Beresford is a 24 year old middle infielder for the New Britain Rock Cats, out of Glen Waverly, Australia.

The lefthanded hitting Beresford is listed at 6' 1" and just 170 pounds, but reports are that he put on some bulk this past offseason and may be playing closer to 185 pounds this summer.

In 2012, Beresford split time pretty evenly between SS and 2B and so far in 2013, he's been primarily playing 2B for New Britain.

After notching just two hits in his first five games of the season, James has gone on a tear the past three games, going 7 for 12 with a pair of doubles and his first two RBI of the year. The hot streak has him hitting .321.

James scored the winning run Tuesday night on a wild pitch.

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Posted 17 April 2013 - 06:57 PM

James Beresford is a 24 year old middle infielder for the New Britain Rock Cats, out of Glen Waverly, Australia.

The lefthanded hitting Beresford is listed at 6' 1" and just 170 pounds, but reports are that he put on some bulk this past offseason and may be playing closer to 185 pounds this summer.

In 2012, Beresford split time pretty evenly between SS and 2B and so far in 2013, he's been primarily playing 2B for New Britain.

After notching just two hits in his first five games of the season, James has gone on a tear the past three games, going 7 for 12 with a pair of doubles and his first two RBI of the year. The hot streak has him hitting .321.

James scored the winning run Tuesday night on a wild pitch.


Though no safe hits tonight (17 April) James continued to hit the ball with 2 sacrifices (RBI) in 4 at bats. Should now be given more chances with wood in his hands than warming his pants.

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Posted 18 April 2013 - 07:48 PM

New Britain won 17-1 tonight (Apr 18) and James was right in the middle of things. He went 3 for 3 (all singles) with 3 walks and 3 runs scored. And as long as we're in a mood for threes, he also stole his 3rd base of the season. His total number of stolen bases last year? Yep... 3 (he was also caught stealing 3 times last year; he hasn't been caught stealing yet in 2013). Wouldn't it be cool if he was now hitting .333? But no... he's up to .364 on the year.

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Posted 27 April 2013 - 09:29 AM

I don't think anyone expected James to continue hitting .364 and he hasn't. He did go 2 for 4 in Friday night's Rock Cats win, however, and that puts his batting average at .304 and his OBP at .397. He came through with a 2-out RBI single to put the Cats on the board in the bottom of the second inning and added a single in his team's 3-run sixth inning.

James has settled in as NB's regular second baseman, while still getting occasional spot-duty at SS and 3B.

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Posted 28 April 2013 - 07:56 AM

James had another productive game Saturday and "Twins Fan From Afar" was there and spoke to Beresford after the game.

Twins Fan From Afar: Anatomy of a Rock Cats Win & Postgame Conversation with James Beresford

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 11:16 AM

James pulled up lame at second base in a game last night and has been placed on the Rock Cats' 7-Day DL. I'm hearing he may be laid up a few weeks.

It's unfortunate, for him, because he was back on another roll, having raised his batting average to .338 and his OBP to .418. Even his OPS was up over .800.

Wishing James the best as he recovers and hoping he can come back and pick right up where he left off.

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Posted 04 May 2013 - 07:55 PM

Just when James has been able to get on top with the bat and glove this tragedy hopefully will only be a slight hiccup in his season which so far has been very good, hope your back soon James

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Posted 17 May 2013 - 11:17 PM

Beresford has been reactivated by New Britain and went 2 for 5 with a run scored in his first game back, raising his batting average to .341 on the season. Welcome back, James!

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 01:03 AM

How does Beresford's defense rate? He's always hit well in the minors, albeit with zero power, so his ticket to the majors seems to be as a utility infielder. I know he's played a few games at 3B, so his arm must be at least decent. The org has pretty much moved him off of SS, but this is probably because they want Santana playing there.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 07:48 AM

Cant understand why Twins want Santana over Beresford at SS, Beresford has a better batting average and fielding wise is excellent, only 2 errors (of which one was a bad relay throw) yet Santana currently has 15 errors

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 07:58 AM

I watched Beresford and Santana quite a few games in Beloit when they were there. Beresford has always been my favorite Twins Prospect at SS that I have seen either with the Snappers or with the River Bandots/Swing. He exhibits a take charge attitude on the infield, makes the plays, has a good arm and looks to be a smart player. Not sure his range is going to make you drool, not that it is bad but I don't remember being wowed by any plays where he seemed to be beyond the scope of a normal SS. Santana, just never made a impression on me one way or the other. Now that was a couple years ago and I sure don't see them as much as the organization does, but I have to say I think people under estimate Beresford. This all being said I hope to see Niko Goodrum this weekend, so I have a open mind on the future SS position.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:30 AM

Actually, it was Beresford's defense that first got my attention when he played here in CR for Beloit a few years ago. He made one play in the hole to his right I thought there was no way could be made and turned a very acrobatic double play, as I recall. I think the Twins know he can handle SS at any level and Santana is getting the games at SS for two reasons: (1) Santana is seen as the higher prospect offensively and needs the work at SS (and that's really what the minor leagues are for... development); and (2) If Beresford can show enough improvement in extra-base hits to actually compete for a spot with the Twins at some point, there's no telling today what position that might be at, so they might as well move him around some to make sure he's going to play well no matter where they might need him.

To me, it's far less important where he plays in the field right now than it is just making sure he's in the line up as often as possible and getting in his swings with the bat.

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Posted 21 May 2013 - 08:58 PM

Well said SD, it is always up to the player to make the most of opportunities, hopefully James will get the opportunities, at the moment his game play cant be overlooked

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 01:38 AM

You have to realize that Santana is 20 months younger than Beresford and playing in the same league. Age to league to can be a pretty big factor in determining how well a player's stats hold up in a more advanced league. It also means Santana's got a bit more time to cut down on his errors; I think the Twins like his footwork and motions at SS.

I'm not saying this to knock Beresford, I've always liked him as a prospect, and if he can develop even a little bit more power I think his bat will play well in a utility role, and I think he's definitely closer to the majors than Santana right now.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 11:03 AM

Since coming back from the groin pull, Beresford has played all five games and hit .364 (8 for 22), putting his average at .343 on the season.

You have to figure the time is coming when the Twins will need to make a decision with regard to James. At mid-season, he'll have a year and a half at AA. Santana has already moved him out of the SS position over to 2B almost exclusively and Eddie Rosario is a candidate for promotion from Ft Myers.

If the Twins see Beresford as a legitimate Major League infield option at some point, it's probably time to make room for him at Rochester. On the other hand, if they see him as just an organizational player without a MLB future, I hope they'll do the right thing and let him find another organization that might have a need for his talents in the infield.

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Posted 22 May 2013 - 12:13 PM

I like Beresford, skinny guy like me...

I also wouldn't doubt if he's the first player to get a bump in level (MiLB promotion) this season over Sano/Rosario/Buxton, as he's already played a full season at AA and has shown drastic improvement in his hitting this season. (said this the other day before stopping by here: https://twitter.com/...664331813015553)

He also got into one of the Spring Training games I was at this year at Hammond Stadium, and hit a Home Run. He definitely bulked up some as well, evidenced both visually and by that hit, as it was only his 2nd HR he's had since turning pro (provided he never hit any others in ST).

He's a very good defender from what I've seen and heard, and as others mention above, is probably playing 2B for Santana's sake. Beresford is definitely a utility type, but if he can keep hitting, that can change.

I remember a chat with Seth early this year, where he said something along the lines of "if Beresford hits at all, he'll play with the Twins this season." So far, so good in that regard, though Florimon and Escobar have been better than expected, so who knows if that would still be the case.

Scouting Report: Power: 30, Hitting: 50, Arm: 60, Defense: 40, Speed: 40. "Line drive swing and shows good contact and on-base abilities. Double's power at his peak. Strong arm from 2B or the OF, stiff hands. Not a fast runner, but above average instincts on the bases. Skinny body doesn't look the part, but can sneak up on you. ACL surgery sapped much of his athleticism." (Probably)


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Posted 22 May 2013 - 10:34 PM

I cant understand team managements decisions to push Beresford to 2nd "for Santanas sake" 2 more fielding errors today by Santana cant be a positive team move!

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 12:00 AM

I am going to echo the comments about SS and second base here. I have been a prospect-plays-first guy and have been told that the minor league team wants to win first and prospects can be placed at the bottom of the lineup. The point is that "veterans" can occupy certain positions because they are "better" than those prospects. This all means that the minor league affiliate has some strong say in the matter (for a reason, I guess).

OK, OK. So . . . . what the hell is this Santana at short and Beresford at second situation???? That can't be a move by New Britain to win more games, clearly. Clearly. So are the Twins involved in this? And why? What does it matter, at all, whether Danny Santana can play short? Beresford is THE GUY to do that. Santana can flourish as a second baseman. I am very confused by the usage of these two at New Britain. I don't understand how a HUGELY struggling SS keeps being placed there when a clearly more-than-viable alternative in Beresford is right there. It's mystifying.

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Posted 23 May 2013 - 07:35 PM

And today.................. Santana not playing (rested or just benched?) so Adam Petterson is played at SS? Very "mystifying"

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Posted 31 May 2013 - 12:16 PM

Beresford has "only" hit .308 over his past 10 games, "dropping" his BA to .331 on the season.

As long as he's in the lineup every day (which he has been), I'm less concerned about where he plays in the infield. If the Twins, for whatever reason, want to keep putting Santana out at SS until he gets it right, that's their call. The guys paying the price for that decision, of course, are the poor NB pitchers who keep seeing ground balls to SS result in baserunners instead of outs.

In a couple of weeks, I have to imagine Beresford moves up to Rochester as Rosario comes up to AA from Fort Myers. He just needs to focus on staying healthy and productive a while longer

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 07:54 AM

Is James Beresford looking to be a starter for the Twins at some point, or more like Jamey Carroll? How fast is he?

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Posted 03 June 2013 - 05:47 PM

I would have said utility infielder all the way until this year. Starting shortstop is not out of the realm of possibility.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 12:57 PM

I agree with Shane. It's going to depend on what he does with the bat in the future and what opportunities he receives. He's obviously hitting well in his second year of AA ball. Will he hit that well immediately upon promotion to AAA or, eventually, MLB? And, if not, will he get an opportunity to struggle a bit at first and then improve?

It's one thing for the Twins to give a "top prospect" like Aaron Hicks some rope for a while and stick with him for a couple of years, but will they be that patient with someone like Beresford? Hard telling.

One thing he has going for him is that he can play around the infield and that alone has some value.

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Posted 06 June 2013 - 02:13 PM

I agree with Shane. It's going to depend on what he does with the bat in the future and what opportunities he receives. He's obviously hitting well in his second year of AA ball. Will he hit that well immediately upon promotion to AAA or, eventually, MLB? And, if not, will he get an opportunity to struggle a bit at first and then improve?

It's one thing for the Twins to give a "top prospect" like Aaron Hicks some rope for a while and stick with him for a couple of years, but will they be that patient with someone like Beresford? Hard telling.

One thing he has going for him is that he can play around the infield and that alone has some value.


Given that Dozier has had this much time because of his ability to play defense (at second), I expect Beresford will get a good chance to stick with the team.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 05:44 PM

James got word today that he's being promoted to Rochester.

IMO, it's about damn time.

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Posted 09 June 2013 - 06:38 PM

This is fantastic news. It's great that Eddie Rosario will get a chance everyday at New Britain, and James absolutely deserves a chance to hit against AAA pitching.

I think people that haven't watched Beresford are going to be quite impressed with his glove. And if his at-bats in AAA are like they were this season in AA, he's going to turn a few heads.
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Posted 09 June 2013 - 11:15 PM

Good luck James, as his baseball history has shown he will at least give AAA all he can, go with the flow mate and enjoy

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Posted 10 June 2013 - 09:02 PM

Good start for James at Rochester, safe hit, BB & RBi and as expected no fielding errors

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Posted 11 June 2013 - 08:31 AM

With all the talk about Sano, Rosario and Buxton being promoted or not, this is my favorite promo. Very under the radar for most people unless you have seen him play. If you have seen him then you probably have devoloped an affinity for him. I remember seeing this skinny little bandy rooster charging around the infield in Beliot totally in charge and making all the plays, wondering if he could hit enough to make it to AA. Can he be a Starting SS in the Majors? I don't know, I still look at his raw skills and wonder how he does it. You look at Buxton and Sano and you see this terrific athelete that has so much talent and ability that you are in awe of them. You look at Beresford and are underwhelmed and then he does what he does best, play baseball. Beresford is a baseball player, he would not make it as a Linebacker or Wideout in the NFL like Sano or Buxton could if they were so inclined. But Beresford looks at home and in his element in the middle infield of a baseball field. That has now been evident at A Ball and AA. Don't count out this guy, he has a knack for rising up above the low expectations placed on him. Great to see in him AAA, watch out Dozier and Carroll. Eddie Rosario might not replace you this year, James Beresford looks willing and maybe ready to do so.

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Posted 12 June 2013 - 12:59 AM

These comments could not be more accurate, having known James as a baseballer from the age of 8 he has always expressed this attitude in his baseball career, making the majors or not he will give you and his team 100% all the time