The Twins recently signed first baseman Curtis Terry to a minor league contract, according to Chris Hilburn-Trenkle of Baseball America. He’d elected minor league free agency after being outrighted off the Rangers’ 40-man roster at the end of the season.
Terry had spent his entire career in the Texas organization, joining the club as a 13th-round draft pick in 2015. The big first baseman spent his first four-plus seasons in the low minors, flashing solid power potential but posting unimpressive strikeout and walk numbers.
After a slow progression up the minor league ladder, Terry broke through in 2021. Pushed directly from High-A to Triple-A Round Rock, the 25-year-old posted strong offensive production to earn a big league look. After hitting .294/.375/.583 through his first 269 plate appearances with the Express, Terry was selected onto the big league roster in July. He only appeared in 13 MLB games, struggling over 48 trips to the dish. And Terry couldn’t quite keep up his early-season pace even after being optioned back to Round Rock, where he finished the year a .275/.349/.533 hitter.
Terry has played exclusively first base or designated hitter in his professional career. That lack of defensive value obviously places immense pressure on him to hit, but Terry’s coming off a decent Triple-A debut and adds some right-handed power to the top levels of the Minnesota system.