In this off season the Red Sox acquired many premier players from Free Agent market, but we cannot miss the fact that we still feature a strong farm system full of great young talent.
One such player is Andrew Benintendi who was drafted in the first round this year.
The 21 year old left-handed hitter was named 2015 College player of the Year by Baseball America and features plus power despite his 5’10” frame. Benintendi hit for a .290 average in Class-A for the Lowell Spinners while posting a .408 OBP and .540 SLG in 124 at bats. He was then promoted to Class-A Greenville where he went on to hit .351/.430/.581 with 16 RBIs in 19 games.
His remarkable numbers and quick adjustments to the new environments give us hope for his success with the Sox in a few years.
However, Benintendi is a center fielder by trade, and to get a regular positon in Red Sox is incredible tough; for instance we currently have a full outfield under control for quite a while in Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley and Rusney Castillo.
As I wrote about them before, these young and talented outfielders make the outfield of Sox one of the best in MLB, and definitely the AL East. Also, Chris Young, 32-year old veteran, is the perfect backup for them and will take the fourth outfield spot.
One option for Benintendi to break in could be first base. After David Ortiz’s retirement this season, Hanley Ramirez or Travis Shaw will move to the DH position. It might be easier to get an infield position than getting outfield position. Some think that Benintendi could even make an appearance at the MLB level by 2017, so the switch to first certainly makes sense.
While it may be too early to talk about Benintendi’s role on the Sox, the unpredictable and limitless potential is something that gives us hope for the future and something to look forward to.