Andrew Benintendi

Position: OF
Born: 7/6/1994
Height: 5'10
Weight: 170
B/T: L/L
Acquired: Drafted in the first round (#7 overall) of the 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS).

Most Recent Stats at Time of Debut
CURRENT SEASON STATS: .312 with nine homers, 76 RBIs and 16 steals in 97 games between Salem (High A) and Portland (Double-A), with 31 doubles and 12 triples for a .532 SLG.

Info & MLB Debut Date
Contract purchased from Portland August 2 when INF Michael Martinez was designated for assignment.
MLB Debut Date: 8/2/2016

Debut Details
August 2, in a 5-4 loss to the Mariners. He went 0-for-2. Pinch-hitting for Bryce Brentz in the seventh inning, he grounded out to second base in his first at-bat against reliever Donn Roach. He stayed in the game to play left field and came to bat again in the ninth inning against reliever Edwin Diaz, striking out looking to end the game.

Player Notes
Named Baseball America’s College Player of the Year in 2015 when he led Division I with 20 homers for the Razorbacks, Benintendi posted a .316/.416/.556 slash line between Lowell (Short-Season A) and Greenville (Class A) in his pro debut and rose just as rapidly in 2016 to make it to the big leagues with barely a year of pro ball behind him. He’s considered to be the best defensive outfielder in the organization and Baseball America also dubbed him the best pure hitter in Boston’s 2015 draft class, as he landed at No. 3 on their prospect list (and the top domestic prospect to boot). A plus runner as well, he received a $3.59 million signing bonus.

2080 Notes
Benintendi was ranked No. 30 on 2080 Baseball’s Preseason Top 125 Prospect Ranking List, where we had this to say about him: “Armed with a sweet stroke and plus athleticism, Benintendi has just flat-out raked since hitting pro ball. He’s got a five-tool profile in center field, and if he continues to perform in the upper minors, his risk profile will become lower than most expected.” And not surprisingly we also have a Prospect Spotlight about Benintendi. And, finally, we have a good old-fashioned scouting report on Benintendi here.