Andrew Benintendi Named MLB’s No. 1 Prospect
MLB.com rounded out their list of baseball’s top prospects heading into the 2017 season. Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi was at the top of that list, ranked No. 1. The 22-year-old Benintendi is poised to play a major role in the upcoming season for the Red Sox.
The former Arkansas Razorback’s star, who was the Golden Spikes Award winner in 2015, was selected by the Boston Red Sox with the 7th overall pick in the 2015 MLB draft. Ever since then he has lived up to the hype of being a highly valued prospect in the Red Sox farm system. Benintendi made a splash in the minor leagues, which prompted his quick promotion to the MLB level.
Through 151 games in the minors, Benintendi posted a .312 batting average, clubbing 2o home runs, with 107 RBI, along with 20 stolen bases. Those eye-popping numbers are the reason the Red Sox took the chance promoting Benintendi to the Major League club without him ever seeing action with their Triple-A affiliate in Pawtucket. The Red Sox confidence and belief in Benintendi paid off as he played in 34 games with the team in the 2016 season and excelled in his role. Benintendi hit .295 (31 hits in 105 at-bats), with an on-base percentage of .359, and slugging percentage of .476. His offense was not all he brought to the diamond, as he only committed one error while roaming left-field for the Red Sox, including making one of the catches of the year, robbing Steven Souza Jr. of the Tampa Bay Rays of a home run in the Trop.
Benintendi is an early favorite for the American League Rookie of the Year Award. Benintendi is a 5-tool player, and with the departure of David Ortiz due to retirement, I firmly believe Benintendi will breakout this season. He will be presented with a much larger role in Boston after gaining 34 games of experience at the big league level.
Andrew Benintendi will join Boston’s other Killer B’s in Betts and Bogaerts, who are some of the most promising young players in all of baseball. Benintendi will be expected to produce every day in the Red Sox lineup for the upcoming 2017 season, and it is not surprising to see him receive the nod for MLB’s No. 1 prospect. The Red Sox are looking to repeat as AL East Champions this season and Andrew Benintendi will be a major contributor in making that happen.