In case you missed it yesterday, Andrew Benintendi, one of the top prospects in the Boston Red Sox system was called up to Double-A Portland. Since being drafted seventh overall by Boston in the 2015 MLB Draft, the Arkansas Razorback standout outfielder needed just 87 games in Class A Short-Season, Class A and Class A Advanced to convince the decision makers in Boston that he was ready for the next level. According to Boston Globe writer Alex Speier, Benintendi is the fastest Red Sox non-pitching prospect to reach Double-A since former Arizona State Sun Devil and current Red Sox second baseman Dustin Pedroia.
Benintendi’s 2016 campaign is off to an extremely hot start. He saw some action in two MLB Spring Training games this past March smashing three hits including a double in just four total at-bats. After Spring Training in just 33 games with the Class A Advanced Salem Red Sox, he was batting a blistering 0.351 with an on-base percentage of 0.420. Not only did Benintendi seem to be constantly on or circling the bases, he also had 7 triples, 62 RBIs, and only struck out 9 times.
As a Red Sox fan, I am really excited about Andrew Benintendi. I am anxious to see if he can continue his rapid pace through the minor leagues and perhaps join the Boston Red Sox by the start of the 2017 season. It is worth noting that, although Benintendi went seventh overall, according to MLB.com, the Red Sox had the 2015 SEC Player of the Year ranked second on their draftboards behind eventual 2015 first overall pick Dansby Swanson. On top of receiving the aforementioned 2015 SEC Baseball Player of the Year honors, Benintendi swept the overall amateur baseball player of the year awards by also earning the Baseball America College Player of the Year Award, the Dick Howser Trophy and the Golden Spikes Award. All of which were also previously won by David Price in ‘07, Buster Posey in ‘08, Stephen Strasburg in ‘09 and Kris Bryant in ‘13. For Benintendi, that is definitely good company to keep.
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