Red Sox Player Profile: Andrew Benintendi

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The Syndicate's Red Sox Writers and Red Sox Podcast to be Named Later Hosts will be profiling a different Sox player each day to get you ready for the 2020 season.  Today's featured player:

Andrew Benintendi

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The former first round pick will look to bounce back after a mediocre 2019 season.  Benintendi has a lot of potential and will be asked to tap into that potential now that Betts is gone.  If AB is going to live up to the draft capital 2020 is the time to do it.  Poop or get off the pot is the expression I believe…well the PG version of the expression anyway.

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·         Position(s): Outfield
·         2020 opening day age: 25
·         Bats / Throws: Left / Left
·         Height / weight: 5-foot-10 / 170 pounds
·         Nickname: Benny
·         How acquired: Drafted in the 1st rd (7th overall) from University of Arkansas
·         Contract status: Signed through 2021, 2 yrs / $10M (20-21)
·         2019 Stats: .266 BA, 13 HR, 68 RBI, 144 hits, 10 SB, 72 runs, .343| .431 | .774. WAR 1.7

Shop for Boston Red Sox fan gear from Nike, Majestic and New Era at Shop.MLB.com2019 Season:  Last season Andrew Benintendi did not live up to the hype. He never got things going and some would say that it started when he was tasked to be the leadoff hitter.  A role AB has openly rejected.  Regardless of his spot in the batting order Benintendi underwhelmed in 2019.  His batting average, home runs, runs batted in, stolen bags were all far below expectations.  If you play fantasy baseball and drafted Benny then you know how bad his season really was.  And if you didn’t play fantasy all you need is working eyes to have noticed his down year.

2019 Key Stat:  13 Home runs.  This is just bad.  With that little amount of power, he would have to bat well over .300 to have really contributed.  Perhaps he was bothered by some sort of ailment, who knows but he didn’t have the breakout season most were expecting.  Another key stat from 2019 was Benintendi’s 140 strikeouts.  If he cannot get the strikeouts under wraps it will continue to hinder his overall ceiling.  With a left-handed swing a pretty as his, you would like to see some more production out of the outfielder. 

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Things can only go up for Andrew Benintendi because if he gets any worse than we are looking at a complete first round bust.  We know that Boston will get way above average defense in the outfield from Benny boy so he will help out there but 2020 has to be the year to steps up his all around offensive game.  The Sox outfielder is no doubt talented so it isn’t outlandish to think that he can still become the player Boston was hoping for when they drafted him out of Arkansas.  Benny has the skills to hit .300 and it is entirely possible that 2020 is the year he does just that.  Now if he can pair a solid average with 20 plus home runs than the Sox lineup will really be cooking with gas.  The entire baseball world knows the Red Sox will need him to step up and help prepare for life after Betts.  Hopefully Ron Roenicke does not put Benintendi into the leadoff role and lets him get comfortable somewhere in the lineup.  I think Red Sox Nation will be able to count on Andrew Benintendi in the upcoming season. 

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