Maloney a Boulder rolling along to Twins camp

Twins roll up Boulders’ MVP Joe Maloney

By Devon Teeple
GM’s Perspective

The Minnesota Twins, who made a valiant run toward the 2015 playoffs, hope to have found a diamond in the rough. The Can-Am League said that the Twins signed the league’s most valuable player, catcher Joe Maloney to a minor league contract from the Rockland Boulders.

Originally drafted by the Texas Rangers in the 10th round in the 2011 June draft from Limestone College, Maloney spent three years in the Rangers organization peaking at class-A Myrtle Beach. He hit 21 home runs over the course of 184 games and drove in 101. His career .221 average is hardly conducive to the talent he possesses.

After the Rangers released him in January of 2014, he began his Indy league journey and had the greatest statistical season of his career until he blew those numbers out of the water this year. Maloney had career highs in nearly every offensive category and led the Boulders in average (.337) and RBIs (83) which were also good for second in the league in both categories. The impressive numbers don’t end there. His .559 slugging percentage and 50 extra-base hits were good for first in the league and his 14 home runs were good enough for fourth. Maloney was named Can-Am Player of the Week three times and Player of the Month for June. 

Substantial increases in almost every category will get the attention of any scout. And becoming league MVP in your second season will only validate their reasoning for the contract. The Twins signing a five-year veteran out of Independent ball will not drum up many headlines, but for people who love underdog stories, chalk this up to another great chapter.

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Devon Teeple

Danny was born in Ted Lindsay's hometown of Renfrew, Ont. but his roots are in nearby Douglas. He played 27 consecutive seasons of top-level amateur baseball in the senior ranks in Ontario, Saskatchewan and Quebec and thrived on organizing events himself, the major one being the highly successful 1983 Canadian senior men's tournament in Sudbury. He began covering the Montreal Expos in 1988 when he joined the Montreal Daily News. Later, he was the Expos beat writer for the Ottawa Sun and Associated Press. He has written four baseball books, including Remembering the Montreal Expos, which he co-authored with Bill Young of Hudson, Que. Gallagher and Young are currently working on a book about the ill-fated 1994 Expos squad. Gallagher can be reached here: dannogallagher@rogers.com