Ex-Snappers infielder Beresford collects hit in MLB debut

James Beresford played third base for the Minnesota Twins in his MLB debut Saturday. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn/Minnesota Twins)

James Beresford played third base for the Minnesota Twins in his MLB debut Saturday. (Photo by Brace Hemmelgarn)

After playing 1,070 minor-league games over 10 seasons, former Beloit Snappers infielder James Beresford finally made his major-league debut for the Minnesota Twins on Saturday — and collected a hit to make it extra memorable.

Beresford, a 27-year-old native of Australia, batted eighth and played third base for the Twins. He went 1-for-4 in Minnesota’s 12-inning, 2-1 win over Cleveland. His first major-league hit was a single to lead off the 7th inning, off Indians reliever Shawn Armstrong.

Beresford played two seasons with the Beloit Snappers, appearing in 240 Midwest League games (114 in 2009 and 126 in 2010). He cumulatively batted .293 with 1 HR, 97 RBI and 29 SB. He mostly played shortstop for the Snappers, but also played second base occasionally and manned third base a handful of times.

James Beresford's 2009 Beloit Snappers card

James Beresford’s 2009 Beloit Snappers card

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