The Twins have selected the contract of infielder Drew Maggi, the team announced. Maggi will replace Rob Refsnyder on the active roster, as Refsnyder is headed to the 10-day injured list with a right elbow impingement. Taylor Rogers was shifted to the 60-day IL to create space on the 40-man roster.
The transaction represents the culmination of a long journey for Maggi, who is now set to make his Major League debut after 11 minor league seasons. A 15th-round pick for the Pirates in the 2010 draft, Maggi has kept hustling through 4077 minor league plate appearances (in the Pirates, Dodgers, Indians, and Twins farm systems) before finally reaching the Show at age 32.
Maggi has hit .259/.353/.356 during his minor league career, and has enjoyed a particularly strong campaign (.261/.364/.486 with 16 homers in 332 PA) at Triple-A St. Paul in 2021. A versatile player, Maggi has played mostly as a shortstop, second baseman, and third baseman over his career, but also spent time at first base and in both corner outfield positions.
Given the timing of his injury, Refsnyder might not be able to return before the 2021 season is over. The veteran utilityman hit .245/.325/.338 over 157 PA this season, appearing in 51 games with Minnesota after signing a minor league deal last winter.