Minnesota Twins Release Steven Tolleson

Josh JohnsonCorrespondent IFebruary 1, 2010

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 16:  Jim Thome #25 of the Los Angeles Dodgers bats against the Philadelphia Phillies during Game Two of the NLCS during the 2009 MLB Playoffs at Dodger Stadium on October 16, 2009 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)
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The Twins have released infielder Steven Tolleson from the 40-man roster this afternoon, making room for the addition of Jim Thome. Tolleson was the 37th ranked player on my 2010 prospect list. Here's what I said of him:

The Twins drafted Steven Tolleson in the fifth round of the 2005 draft. After what many considered to be a "breakout" year in 2008, Tolleson had high expectations heading into 2009.

He battled injuries in spring training, and Rochester's infield was already crowded to begin with. So as a result, Tolleson began the season with Double-A New Britain. After 38 games with the Rock Cats, Tolleson moved up to Triple-A Rochester where he hit .270/.338/.375 through 92 games.

He's a career .276/.368/.400 hitter in 1,800+ professional at bats. His defense is below average and he's not a great runner. Tolleson doesn't do any one thing great, but he should be a serviceable utility player.

This move is not surprising. At 26-years-old, Tolleson never really established himself in a way for the Twins to conceivably add him to the 25-man roster. Thankfully, Tolleson quickly found a new home, as he was claimed by the Oakland Athletics shortly after being released.