The Milwaukee Brewers have signed 26-year-old outfielder Rene Tosoni to a minor-league contract for the 2013 season. However, there is no guarantee that he will get invited to spring training.
Tosoni has spent only one season in Major League Baseball, and that was with the Minnesota Twins. The left-handed batter spent a few years in the minors before he finally got the call to the majors in 2011. In that season, he played in 60 games in which he batted .203 with five home runs, 22 runs batted in, seven doubles, one triple and 14 walks while he struck out 42 times in 172 plate appearances. One of his home runs came against Zack Greinke in the starter’s first season with the Brewers.
The Canadian native was sent back down to the Twin’s farm system for obvious reasons. His numbers were not what Minnesota had expected from a player that had played well in the minors. It should be noted that Tosoni has dominated in the rookie league and Single-A, but his numbers drop off drastically when he progresses up the chain in the Minor Leagues.
This past season, Tosoni batted .224 with four home runs, 23 RBIs, 17 doubles and 59 strikeouts in 355 at-bats in four different leagues. In 76 plate appearances in Triple-A, he posted a measly .167 batting average with five RBIs.
One has to wonder why the Brewers would even waste their time signing someone that has shown little promise in several different leagues. Tosoni is supposed to be a complete player that makes great contact and has good discipline at the plate, but he has really never proven this to be true. If anything, it appears Tosoni will be someone Milwaukee believes is worth taking a chance on but will most likely never see the big leagues.
Two career baseball accomplishments that are worth mentioning are that Tosoni does have one grand slam under his belt, which occurred on September 27, 2011 against the Kansas City Royals, and he also was a part of the Canadian national team that took the bronze medal at the 2009 Baseball World Cup.
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