Andrew Benintendi

Position: CF
Level: High A
Affiliate: Salem Red Sox
Age: 21
Height: 5'10
Weight: 170
B/T: Left / Left
Acquired: 1st Rd., (#7 Overall), 2015 MLB First-Year Player Draft (BOS)

Prospect Spotlight

The Potential Tools: 60 hit, 60 glove, 55 run, 50 power, 50 arm

Strengths: Plus athleticism; above-average reads and efficient routes; plus range in center field; average arm with accuracy; above-average bat speed; simple set up and approach; short, compact swing; exceptional hand-eye coordination; natural feel for hitting; keen approach and pitch selection; natural lift through hitting zone; will use all fields; strength in core and wrists; deceptively strong; above-average raw power; above-average run; quick-twitch athlete with explosive first speed; high baseball IQ.

Weaknesses: Small stature and strength/weight needed to handle 162-game workload; power could play well below projection; arm utility is questionable; no upper-minors experience; limited pro resume.

Role Ceiling: 55; above average regular in center field.

Risk: Moderate; strength/weight needed; no upper-minors experience.

Summary: As a high school senior, Benintendi showed five-tool talent, but he was virtually unsignable out of his Arkansas commit. Spending two years with the Razorbacks paid dividends for him, proving he was worth a top ten overall pick. Benintendi has a natural feel at the plate and an advanced approach for a college bat. With plus bat speed, and the ability to use all fields, Benintendi projects to have a plus hit tool, and with some added strength and consistency with lifting the ball, average power could be a real possibility. In center field, he gets plus reads and takes efficient routes to both gaps, and he pairs those skills with an average arm. His solid-average run rounds out his profile. All-in, Benintendi is a safe major leaguer and potential above-average regular.