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Andrew Benintendi Can Make Boston Unstoppable



The A.L. Playoff race figures to be tight.  Andrew Benintendi can put Boston over the top.

Following their 2-1 victory over the Seattle Mariners on Monday evening, the Boston Red Sox announced that they are calling up Andrew Benintendi from Double-A Portland.  Benintendi will join the team in Seattle on Tuesday.  The 22 year-old outfielder is just what Boston needs to make their lethal offense even more destructive.

Boston selected Benintendi 7th overall in the 2015 MLB Amateur Draft.  The former Arkansas Razorback will skip playing in Triple-A and report directly to the big leagues.  In 97 games this season, a majority of those with Double-A Portland, the 2015 Golden Spikes Award recipient is batting .312 with 9 home runs, 76 RBI’s, and 16 stolen bases.  Benintendi has also displayed great plate discipline.  He has the same amount of walks as strikeouts.  Benintendi is exceptional with the glove as well.  In 2016, he has only made one error and has accumulated eight assists from the outfield.  As his numbers attest, Andrew Benintendi is a true five-tool player.  Essentially, he is the Mike Trout of minor league baseball.

There was talk of Red Sox General Manager Dave Dombrowski possibly trading Benintendi and fellow top prospect Yoan Moncada at the trade deadline, but Dombrowski was never close to moving his prized prospects.  Dombrowski gave the following statement in regards to a potential trade:

“It really came down to, we looked at some possible alternatives (before the trade deadline) to help us in left field. We thought some of them were good choices, but we also thought the cost for some of those were quite high. We also weighed that versus what we thought the availability of being ready for Benintendi would be. And our people kept coming up and saying, ‘We think he can play at the big league level and we think he’s ready.’

The Red Sox offense has been so efficient this season, but lately they have been scuffling.  Over their past 8 games, Boston is averaging just 3.6 runs per game, which is way below their average of 5.6 on the year.  Currently, Boston is one game behind the Baltimore Orioles for the division lead.  The Toronto Blue Jays, the Detroit Tigers and the Houston Astros will all surely challenge the Red Sox in the wild card hunt.

Benintendi should provide a youthful energy to the team, and hopefully he can hit well too.  It appears as though the latest Red Sox call-up will form a platoon with Bryce Brentz in left field.  But if Benintendi begins to play like he can, then he should be the everyday left fielder for the remainder of this season, and many seasons to come.