Will Benson
21-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Cleveland Indians A+
2019 Fantasy Outlook
There was no outlook written for Will Benson in 2019. Check out the latest news below for more on his current fantasy value.
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$Signed a contract with the Indians in June of 2016 that includes a $2.5 million signing bonus.
Rising in farm system
OFCleveland Indians  A+
June 19, 2019
Benson was promoted to High-A Lynchburg on Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.
The 21-year-old had a stellar first half of the season, resulting in his second straight appearance in the Midwest League All-Star Game. He's on pace for 36 home runs, 110 RBI and 88 runs, which would all shatter his previous career-best numbers. Considering his excellent hitting, it might be in the club's best interest to provide more challenging competition for Benson sooner rather than later.
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Nothing has changed regarding Benson's ceiling, which is still among the highest in the minors. He fell to the Indians with the No. 14 pick in 2016 because of widespread concerns about his hit tool, and so far those concerns have been validated. Consider, however, that he hit .238 and struck out 33.9 percent of the time and was still the fifth best hitter (146 wRC+) in the New York-Penn League. This speaks to his prodigious raw power (he led the league with 10 home runs and a .238 ISO) and his patience (13.1 percent walk rate). He was also the youngest hitter in the league, and won't turn 20 until June. Benson is a good runner for his size (6-foot-5, 225 pounds), but he is unlikely to be much of a threat on the bases when he reaches the majors. Even when he is struggling, he demonstrates good body language and reportedly has an excellent work ethic, so there are reasons to believe that this is a player who will continue to improve each season.
One could argue Benson has the most upside from the entire 2016 draft class. The potential for plus-plus power and average speed was enough for the Indians to pop him with the No. 14 pick, despite significant questions about his hit tool. Benson is a 6-foot-5, 225-pound giant of a man, and yet he is barely a man -- he will not turn 19 until June. It is possible, however, that the physical dimensions that make his power potential so intriguing will also prevent him from ever actualizing that power against upper-level pitching. His long levers and musclebound upper body currently prevent him from making consistent contact. He hit .209 and struck out 32.6 percent of the time in the Arizona League, but was still an above-average hitter (112 wRC+) thanks to his power (.215 ISO) and patience (12 percent walk rate). Benson is a lottery ticket, plain and simple. It is unlikely that he will reach the majors before 2021, even under the best circumstances.
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Returns to Low-A
OFCleveland Indians  A+
April 4, 2019
Benson will return to Low-A Lake County for the start of the 2019 season, MLB.com reports.
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Two homers for Lake County
OFCleveland Indians  A+
April 26, 2018
Benson went 2-for-3 with two home runs Wednesday for Low-A Lake County against West Michigan.
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Finishes 2017 on high note
OFCleveland Indians  A+
September 18, 2017
Benson finished 2017 slashing .238/.347/.475 with 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 29 runs over 56 games in the New York-Penn League.
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Struggling against short-season pitching
OFCleveland Indians  A+
July 8, 2017
Benson, 19, is hitting .200/.231/.360 with one home run and 21 strikeouts in 50 at-bats in the New York-Penn League.
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OFCleveland Indians  A+
June 9, 2016
The Indians have selected Benson with the 14th overall pick in the 2016 first-year player draft.
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