Benjamin Thomas Rortvedt (pronounced rort-vet)...Twitter: @rortvedt22...Instagram: @rortvedt22... 2016 graduate of Verona Area High School in Verona, WI...as a senior, hit .406 with five doubles and three triples and 10 RBI...as a junior in 2015, batted .437 with 10 doubles, two triples, five home runs and 29 runs batted in with a .770 slugging percentage...earned Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association All-State First-Team as a junior... also played football for Verona as a running back, linebacker, kicker and punter.... was ranked as the best offensive high school catcher and 52nd overall prospect in the draft by MLB.com, the 55th overall prospect in the draft by Baseball America, and the second best catcher in the draft by Perfect Game.
Traded by the Twins to the New York Yankees on March 13, 2022 along with third baseman Josh Donaldson and shortstop Isiah Kiner-Falefa in exchange for catcher Gary Sánchez and third baseman Gio Urshela.
Made his Major League debut with Minnesota on April 20, 2021
Did not play due to the Minor League season being canceled by the Covd-19 pandemic... was an invite to Twins spring training for second consecutive season...was left off the Twins' 60-man Player Pool at St. Paul, MN...Participated in Twins Fall Instructional League during October in Ft. Myers, FL...Added to Twins 40-man roster November 20. ... ranked Twins 26th best prospect by MLB.com.
Was invite to Twins spring training, first of career; reassigned to minor league camp March 8 and began season with Single-A Ft. Myers...tied career-high with four hits April 14 with the Miracle, going 4-for-5 with two doubles, one home run and three RBI...promoted to Double-A Pensacola May 14...placed on 7-day Injured List on Aug. 12 with a left knee injury, ending his season...combined to hit .238 (66-for-277) with 16 doubles, one triple, seven home runs, 29 RBI, 32 runs scored and 35 walks in 79 games between Ft. Myers and Pensacola...hit .249 (55-for-221) with 23 extra-base hits vs. right-handed pitching and .196 (11-for-56) with one extra-base hit vs. left-handed pitching...played four games with Salt River in the Arizona Fall League, going 1-for-9...named best defensive catcher in Twins minor league system by Baseball America following season.
Began the season with Single-A Cedar Rapids...went 4-for-4 in third game of season (season-high hits), including two doubles April 9 at Peoria...hit .306 (26-for-85) with four doubles, two triples, one home run and 11 RBI in 23 May games for the Kernels...named Twins minor league Player of the Week May 26, hitting .370 (10-for-27) with one triple, two RBI and a stolen base in seven games for the Kernels...promoted to Single-A Ft. Myers June 8...recorded first professional two homer game June 22 at Bradenton, both two-run shots...hit first professional grand slam and recorded a career-high six RBI August 29 vs. Bradenton...combined to hit .262 (83-for-317) with 16 doubles, three triples, five home runs, 43 RBI, 34 runs scored and a .331 on-base percentage in 90 games at both levels combined.
Spent entire season with Single-A Cedar Rapids...hit first professional home run, a two-run shot June 18 vs. Clinton...led the Kernels in games caught (86)...caught 30 of 85 potential base stealers (36%)...ranked sixth on the Kernels in overall games played (89), and hits (69).
Began professional career with GCL Twins...played in 20 games before being promoted to Rookie-Elizabethton July 28...combined to hit .222 (22-for-99) with three doubles, 10 RBI, 10 walks and a .306 on-base percentage at both levels combined.