- Ben Rortvedt was acquired by the New York Yankees on Sunday night.
- While it may not seem like a big move, it is huge — literally.
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On Sunday evening, the New York Yankees made a trade with the Minnesota Twins that became the first big-name move of the 2022 calendar year. The Bronx Bombers sent Gary Sanchez and Gio Urshela to the Twin Cities in exchange for Josh Donaldson, Isiah Kiner-Falafa and Ben Rortvedt.
While four of the five names are well-known amongst baseball fans, one of them is very much not — Rortvedt. Unless you are a Twins fan or a big prospect guy or gal, you don’t know Rortvedt.
But you should.
At 24 years old, the Wisconsin-native stands 5-foot-10, 205 pounds and his arms are absolutely massive.
Twins’ catching prospect Ben Rortvedt’s arms…
HOLY 😳 pic.twitter.com/ddT9UmkVjD
— Devin Jones (@devintjones) May 1, 2021
Just look at his forearms.
— – (@Spicoli_____) March 14, 2022
Rortvedt is a weight room junkie and built like a boulder.
This is newest Yankees catcher Ben Rortvedt 👀 pic.twitter.com/uluAwYDQ3s
— Bronx Bomber Ball (@BronxBomberBall) March 14, 2022
Rortvedt, who was drafted No. 56 overall in the 2016 MLB Draft, chose to forgo his commitment to Arkansas. Since then, he has worked his way up through the minor leagues before making his MLB debut in April of 2021.
Although he has not blown anyone away in the Bigs just yet, there is a lot of buzz around the player that he could become.
“He wants to get better,” Twins manager Rocco Baldelli said about Rortvedt. “He wants to help guys get better. He’s approachable. He’s coachable. Everything you want. He’s been a lot of fun.”
Should he continue to develop, Rortvedt could be a legitimate weapon at the position long-term. He bats lefty and throws righty, was rated the best defensive catcher in the Minnesota organization and — with his sheer strength — has at least 20 home run power.
To put his powerful, lefty swing in Yankee Stadium could prove to be a perfect fit.