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Top Ryan Jeffers News

  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Twins plan to split catcher duties

    The Twins plan to about equally split playing time behind the plate this season even with Jeffers' ascension late last year that saw him start every playoff game, Twins manager Rocco Baldelli told Dan Hayes of The Athletic.

    The Twins like to utilize two catchers to reduce wear and tear, so this isn't a big surprise. However, Jeffers surged at the plate last season with a career-high .858 OPS and a .928 OPS in the second half. Meanwhile, Christian Vazquez struggled by hitting .223 with little power (.095 ISO) and a paltry .280 OBA. Jeffers could still see a majority of the playing time, but Baldelli's comments should give pause for any fantasy manager looking for a significant increase in his counting stats.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Settles with Twins

    The Twins and Jeffers avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $2.425 million contract Thursday, Darren Wolfson of Channel 5 Saint Paul reports.

    Jeffers was arbitration-eligible for the first time. He earned the big raise with a breakout 2023 season which saw him post an .858 OPS with 14 home runs across 96 contests. Jeffers is slated to share catching duties with Christian Vazquez again in 2024.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Swats 14th homer

    Jeffers went 3-for-4 with a solo home run in Friday's 7-6 win over the Rockies.

    The backstop followed a Trevor Larnach home run in the seventh with a homer of his own to tie the game for the Twins. The long ball was Jeffers' third in four games and 14th of the season, which matches a career high. It remains to be seen how the Twins plan to divvy up the playing time between Jeffers and Christian Vazquez once the playoffs begin next week, but both have been in the lineup two of the last three games, with each getting one start at DH.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Knocks in three runs in victory

    Jeffers went 1-for-3 with a home run and three RBI against Oakland in a 6-4 win on Wednesday.

    Jeffers brought Minnesota even at 4-4 with his two-run blast to left field in the sixth inning and added an insurance run with a sacrifice fly in the eighth. The backstop went 14 contests without a long ball between Aug. 25 and Sept. 17 but has now gone deep twice in his past four games. Jeffers already has a career-best 42 RBI this season, and he needs one more homer before the end of the campaign to tie his career-high mark of 14.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Receives Tuesday off

    Jeffers is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game versus Oakland.

    Jeffers has an .857 OPS over 45 at-bats in September but continues to split time behind the plate with Christian Vazquez, who is starting and batting eighth Tuesday.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Powers Twins to victory

    Jeffers went 2-for-4 with a two-run homer, a triple, three RBI and two runs scored in Sunday's win over the Angels.

    Jeffers picked up a triple in the sixth inning that traveled 416-feet and would've been a home run in 24 of 30 parks and followed up with a two-run blast in the seventh to put the Twins up 9-3. Although he's been a much more impactful hitter than Christian Vazquez (.841 OPS compared to .597 for Vazquez), the two continue to split time behind the dish, and it's unclear if that would potentially change during the playoffs. For the year, Jeffers is slashing .270/.367/.474 with 12 home runs, 39 RBI, 43 runs and a 32:90 BB:K in 317 plate appearances.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Absent from Saturday's lineup

    Jeffers is not in Saturday's lineup against the White Sox.

    The Twins have opted to alternate starts between Jeffers and Christian Vazquez since Sept. 6. Jeffers went 2-for-5 with two RBI on Friday but will give way to Vazquez -- who is hitting ninth -- on Saturday.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Not in lineup Thursday

    Jeffers is not in the lineup Thursday against the White Sox.

    Christian Vazquez will catch and bat ninth for the visiting Twins. Jeffers has enjoyed a productive second half overall and hit a double Wednesday versus the Rays, but he is essentially sharing starts with Vazquez here in mid-September.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Sitting out Tuesday

    Jeffers is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Rays.

    It marks 13 straight games that the Twins have alternated starts at catcher for Jeffers and Christian Vazquez. Jeffers has cooled off a bit over the last month, putting up a .612 OPS with one home run across his previous 74 plate appearances.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Out of lineup Sunday

    Jeffers is out of the lineup Sunday against the Mets.

    Christian Vazquez will start at catcher and bat seventh for the Twins. Jeffers went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's win over New York and is sitting on a strong .831 OPS with 10 home runs through 84 games (285 plate appearances) on the year.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Not starting Friday

    Jeffers isn't in the Twins' lineup Friday against the Mets.

    Jeffers will take a seat after having his three-game hitting streak snapped Thursday against Cleveland. Christian Vazquez will take his turn behind the dish and bat seventh.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Taking seat Tuesday

    Jeffers is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Guardians.

    Twins manager Rocco Baldelli has alternated starts for his two catchers over the last week, and it's Christian Vazquez's turn after Jeffers was behind the plate for Monday's 20-6 win. Jeffers has a hit in each of his three games so far in September after finishing August going 0-for-13 with 10 strikeouts in his final three tilts.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Hits bench Sunday

    Jeffers is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Jeffers will retreat to the bench for the series finale, giving way to Christian Vazquez behind the dish. The two backstops have now alternated starts over the past six games, but the playing time is more likely to tilt in Jeffers' favor over the final month of the regular season. Jeffers is maintaining a .917 OPS since the All-Star break, while Vazquez's OPS sits at .668 during that same stretch.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Heads to bench Friday

    Jeffers is not in the starting lineup Friday versus the Rangers.

    Jeffers will get a breather after he went 0-for-4 with four strikeouts Wednesday versus the Guardians. Christian Vazquez will start behind the plate and bat eighth in the opener with Texas.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Poaching work from Vazquez

    Jeffers will start at catcher and bat seventh in Wednesday's game against the Guardians.

    Despite going 0-for-9 with six strikeouts in his last two starts, Jeffers will be behind the dish for the fourth time in six contests as the Twins close out their series with the Guardians. Jeffers owns a .965 OPS since the All-Star break and looks to be the Twins' preferred option at catcher over Christian Vazquez for the moment.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Belts decisive homer

    Jeffers hit a two-run home run as a pinch hitter against Texas in a 7-5 win Thursday.

    With the score tied 5-5 in the bottom of the eighth inning, Jeffers slugged a 427-foot, two-run homer to provide the winning runs for Minnesota. Though the backstop continues to rake, he has been on the bench more often than not lately as Christian Vazquez has been the primary starter behind the plate. The Twins may need to find a way to get Jeffers' bat in the lineup more often, though, considering that he is batting .329 with six homers, 17 RBI and three thefts over 76 at-bats since the All-Star break.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Out of Tuesday's lineup

    Jeffers is not in Tuesday's lineup against the Brewers.

    Jeffers is hitting .256 with four home runs and 15 strikeouts in 13 games this month, but he's now sat out four times in five games. Christian Vazquez will get the start at catcher Tuesday and appears to have overtaken Jeffers on the depth chart.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Sits again Saturday

    Jeffers (back) remains on the bench for Saturday's game against the Pirates.

    Jeffers was scratched from the lineup Friday with a sore back, an issue which will sideline him for at least one more day. Christian Vazquez remains the starter behind the plate.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Back in action Sunday

    Jeffers (back) is starting behind the plate and batting seventh Sunday versus the Pirates.

    The 26-year-old was held out of the starting nine the past two games due to back soreness, but he'll rejoin the lineup for Sunday's series finale against the Pirates. Jeffers will look to continue his hot hitting in August, as he has a 1.020 OPS with four homers and three doubles through 40 at-bats this month.

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  • Twins' Ryan Jeffers: Scratched with sore back

    Jeffers was scratched from the lineup Friday due to back soreness, Aaron Gleeman of The Athletic reports.

    Christian Vazquez will instead start at catcher and bat eighth for the Twins as they open a three-game weekend series versus Pittsburgh. Jeffers boasts a .328/.430/.597 slash line in 20 games (80 plate appearances) since the All-Star break and should be considered day-to-day.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-4, 235 lbs
Birthplace: Raleigh, NC
Age: 26
Experience: 3
Bats/Throws: R, R