Major League Baseball: Rortvedt from Verona traded to Yankees | Sports
Ben Rortvedt, a 24-year-old Verona Area High School alumnus in 2016, was traded to the New York Yankees from the Minnesota Twins on a five-man deal on Sunday, March 13.
Rortvedt was part of a three-man group that included third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa, the Twins traded to the Yankees for catcher Gary Sanchez and third baseman Gio Urshela.
Rortvedt, a left-handed catcher, made his Major League Baseball debut last year with the Twins after former starting catcher Mitch Garver was injured.
In 39 games with Minnesota last year, Rortvedt hit .169 with three home runs, eight RBIs and eight runs scored. He had a .989 field percentage and kicked out 44% (7 of 16) of runners trying to steal.
Rortvedt, a 2016 Twins second-round pick, got his first start on April 30 against the Kansas City Royals and went 1-for-3 with an RBI brace and a run scored to help the Twins beat the Royals 9 – 1.
Rortvedt will compete for game time at catchewr with Kyle Higashioka.
In 325 minor league games over five seasons, Rortvedt has 21 home runs, 134 RBIs and a .241 batting average. It expelled 37% of riders trying to fly underage.
The Yankees have agreed to pay the remaining $50 million on Donaldson’s contract, which still has three years, according to an Associated Press report.
This is the second receiver traded by the Twins in two days. Minnesota traded Garver to the Texas Rangers for Kiner-Falefa on Saturday, March 12.