Andrew Benintendi
Andrew Benintendi
27-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Kansas City Royals
2021 Fantasy Outlook
Over a longer season, Benintendi may have been able to salvage some amount of respectability from his stat line, but there's still nothing good that can be said about his campaign. He appeared in just 14 games before being shut down with a rib injury, but he showed incredibly little in that tiny sample, hitting a miserable .103/.314/.128. Ordinarily, thinking much at all about just 14 games in which a player may have been battling an injury would be unwise, but those struggles fit disturbingly well into the overall arc of his career. 2019 had been his worse year to date, as his 13 homers, 10 steals and .266 average that year all represented full-season lows. Benintendi is entering his age-26 season, and he was quite highly touted as a prospect, but he has had just one year (2018) as a significantly above-average hitter. There's still upside here, but another year of mediocrity wouldn't be a surprise. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
#220
ADP
$Signed a two-year, $10 million contract with the Red Sox in February of 2020. Traded to the Royals in February of 2021.
Sitting versus southpaw
OFKansas City Royals
July 25, 2021
Benintendi is out of the lineup Sunday against the Tigers.
ANALYSIS
Benintendi started the past 12 games, including three against left-handed starters, but he'll take a seat Sunday versus Detroit southpaw Tarik Skubal. The outfielder is 1-for-19 with a double, a walk, two RBI and four runs in his past five games. Jarrod Dyson will work in left field in his absence.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
21
22
2
4
1
5
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
5
7
2
3
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+1%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+15%
OPS vs RHP
2020
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
2019
 
 
+4%
OPS vs LHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019vs Left .740 285 30 7 42 3 .253 .336 .404
Since 2019vs Right .745 678 84 16 64 15 .259 .330 .414
2021vs Left .654 85 9 2 15 3 .244 .282 .372
2021vs Right .754 211 29 8 22 4 .269 .324 .430
2020vs Left .364 12 1 0 0 0 .000 .364 .000
2020vs Right .456 40 3 0 1 1 .125 .300 .156
2019vs Left .796 188 20 5 27 0 .269 .358 .438
2019vs Right .764 427 52 8 41 10 .265 .336 .428
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2019
 
 
+2%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+35%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2019
 
 
+16%
OPS at Home
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2019Home .737 493 66 11 56 8 .244 .321 .416
Since 2019Away .749 470 48 12 50 10 .271 .343 .406
2021Home .623 156 19 3 20 5 .231 .276 .347
2021Away .844 140 19 7 17 2 .298 .353 .492
2020Home .418 33 3 0 1 1 .115 .303 .115
2020Away .487 19 1 0 0 0 .077 .333 .154
2019Home .830 304 44 8 35 2 .264 .347 .483
2019Away .718 311 28 5 33 8 .268 .340 .379
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Benintendi compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
BB/K
0.34
 
BB Rate
6.8%
 
K Rate
19.6%
 
BABIP
.296
 
ISO
.151
 
AVG
.262
 
OBP
.312
 
SLG
.413
 
OPS
.725
 
wOBA
.319
 
Exit Velocity
80.7 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.3%
 
Barrels/PA
7.1%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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2019
2018
2017
2016
Players are supposed to take steps forward in their third full season, but Benny Biceps did not get that memo. Instead, he compiled his way to a league-average season, posting full-season lows nearly across the board. It should be noted that his overall offensive production was exactly league average despite it being a decline from his efforts in 2017 and 2018. As for causes, his strikeout rate jumped seven percentage points as pitchers were able to get him to swing and miss through pitches at a higher rate than in previous seasons, and many of those misses came within the strike zone. Pitchers would get ahead of him early with first-pitch strikes, and get him in protection mode which forced more guessing and strike zone expansion to protect the edges. He was particularly awful against offspeed stuff. The league has adjusted to him; now it is Benintendi's turn to adjust to stop the statistical backslide.
What do you call a player who is above average across the board but doesn't excel in any one area? His teammates call him Beni. Benintendi fell four homers short of his second straight 20-20 season but increased his doubles by 15 along with powering six triples, resulting in a 41-point jump in SLG along with a 20-point ISO increase. Keying this surge was an improved handling of southpaws (.694 OPS as compared to a .622 mark the previous season). Batting second for most of the season, Benintendi eclipsed the century mark in runs for the first time in his young career. If there's a concern, it comes from Statcast as his exit velocity and barrel rate are pedestrian. However, a solid 82% contact rate keeps his batting average floor high while allowing him to take advantage of Fenway Park. Benintendi may still develop more power and continue to improve against LHP. Chasing that is a risk, but settling for a repeat of 2018 is reasonable.
Normally, a 20-20 inaugural season puts you in contention for Rookie of the Year honors, but when someone else shatters the first-year home run record, you fall short. Such is the case for Benintendi, one of only nine hitters to accomplish the aforementioned feat. Benintendi's impressive season occurred in spite of a weak showing versus southpaws. The lefty-swinging outfielder sported a meek .622 OPS in 112 at bats when saddled with the platoon disadvantage. That said, it's encouraging Benintendi's struggles weren't making contact, but hitting too many medium-speed grounders with a lefty on the hill. This should be correctable with an adjustment, baking in some upside to Benintendi's already impressive skill set versus righties. Also promising is the youngster walked at a greater clip against lefties. A power-speed combo doesn't come cheap, but considering Benintendi is likely to get better, while hitting in a productive spot in a lineup destined to improve from 2017, he's worth a high draft pick or an extra buck or two at the auction table.
Benintendi had a whirlwind year, from being drafted in the summer of 2015 to reaching the majors in the summer of 2016. The 22-year-old started the 2016 season at High-A Salem where he needed just 34 games before getting a bump up to Double-A Portland. He was challenged in the Eastern League, but eventually adjusted and raked to the tune of a .323/.389/.586 line over his final 50 games. That was just enough to convince the Red Sox to call him up to Boston to provide production out of left field, a new position for him. There were some shaky defensive moments out there, but he made all he plays. At the plate, 14 of his 31 hits went for extra bases and he got on base at a good clip, but struggled in a small sample against left-handed pitching (28 at-bats). There's still some work to do, but he has a good approach and, as the primary left fielder, will get plenty of chances to develop his bat.
Benintendi blossomed in his sophomore season at the University of Arkansas in 2015, leading the SEC in batting average (.380), home runs (20), on-base percentage (.489), slugging (.715) and walks (47) while becoming the first college baseball player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season since 2009. Production like that is worthy of hardware and Benintendi received it, capturing the Golden Spikes award as the top amateur baseball player in the nation as well as the SEC Player of the Year. Then it got better. As a sophomore eligible draftee, he was drafted seventh-overall by the Red Sox and continued to dominate pitchers. Benintendi adjusted to wooden bats quite well, posting a .972 OPS with 11 homers while maintaining a good approach, walking 35 times compared to 24 strikeouts, in 54 games for short-season Lowell and Low-A Greenville. Talent evaluators believe he’s one of the closest 2015 draftees to the big leagues.
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Homers, records three hits
OFKansas City Royals
July 11, 2021
Benintendi went 3-for-5 with a home run, an additional RBI and an additional run scored in Saturday's loss against Cleveland.
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Smacks two-run homer
OFKansas City Royals
July 6, 2021
Benintendi went 1-for-5 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's 7-6 win over Cincinnati.
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Not starting Monday
OFKansas City Royals
July 5, 2021
Benintendi is on the bench for Monday's series opener against the Reds.
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Kept quiet in return
OFKansas City Royals
July 4, 2021
Benintendi (ribs) went 0-for-3 with two strikeouts in Sunday's 6-2 loss to Minnesota.
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Returns from IL
OFKansas City Royals
July 4, 2021
Benintendi (ribs) was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday. He will bat second and play left field for the series finale against Minnesota.
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