Andrew Benintendi
Andrew Benintendi
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox
2019 Fantasy Outlook
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. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed with Boston in June 2015, including a $3,590,400 signing bonus.
Priortizing average over power
OFBoston Red Sox
March 10, 2019
Benintendi plans to focus on batting average over power now that he's Boston's leadoff hitter, Jason Mastrodonato of the Boston Herald reports.
As baseball continues to evolve, the notion of what a leadoff hitter should be evolves along with it. No longer are speed and on-base percentage the dominant skills for the position. More teams are going with guys that drive the ball and hit double-digit home runs, and Benintendi can do that. He slugged .598 out the leadoff spot in 2018 when Mookie Betts was sidelined by an injury. While he's popped 36 home runs over the past two seasons and could reach double-digits again in 2019, Benintendi plans to focus on making contact instead of trying to leave the yard. "I think (batting average) is pretty important, especially with Mookie [Betts] and J.D. [Martinez] behind you," he said. "I think for me, I just want to hit over .300. That's my number and then everything else will fall into place." He should see a ton of good pitches to hit, batting in front of Betts, so achieving a .300 batting average is possible.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2016
Since 2016vs Left .641 328 36 5 32 8 .234 .310 .331
Since 2016vs Right .855 1109 167 33 159 34 .296 .373 .482
2018vs Left .694 164 24 4 21 4 .247 .301 .393
2018vs Right .877 497 79 12 66 17 .305 .387 .490
2017vs Left .622 131 11 1 9 4 .232 .336 .286
2017vs Right .813 527 73 19 81 16 .280 .356 .458
2016vs Left .429 33 1 0 2 0 .179 .250 .179
2016vs Right .984 85 15 2 12 1 .338 .400 .584
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Since 2016Home .800 697 99 14 94 16 .291 .352 .448
Since 2016Away .811 740 104 24 97 26 .272 .365 .446
2018Home .861 340 51 7 51 9 .314 .363 .498
2018Away .795 321 52 9 36 12 .263 .369 .426
2017Home .711 319 41 7 39 7 .258 .329 .382
2017Away .838 339 43 13 51 13 .283 .373 .466
2016Home .993 38 7 0 4 0 .364 .447 .545
2016Away .761 80 9 2 10 1 .264 .316 .444
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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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New leadoff man in 2019
OFBoston Red Sox
December 11, 2018
Manager Alex Cora said Benintendi will bat leadoff in 2019, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Out of Game 3 lineup
OFBoston Red Sox
October 26, 2018
Benintendi is not in the lineup for Game 3 of the World Series against the Dodgers on Friday, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reports.
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Not in Sunday's lineup
OFBoston Red Sox
September 30, 2018
Benintendi is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Yankees, Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports.
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Hits bench for Game 2 of twin bill
OFBoston Red Sox
September 26, 2018
Benintendi is not in the lineup for the second game of Wednesday's doubleheader against the Orioles, Pete Abraham of The Boston Globe reports.
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Plates run, swipes bag vs. O's
OFBoston Red Sox
September 24, 2018
Benintendi went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and a stolen base in Monday's win over Baltimore.
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