On Sunday, the Red Sox promoted their fourth-best prospect in the organization, outfielder Andrew Benintendi, to Double-A Portland. Before the promotion, Benintendi had spent only a month in Salem, where top prospect Yoan Moncada is also currently playing.
In 34 games with High-A Salem, the former seventh-overall pick had a .341 batting average with 13 doubles, seven triples, one homer, and 32 RBIs. With his latest promotion, Benintend has risen through the organization the fastest since Dustin Pedroia, who was promoted to Portland in 2005 after just one full season.
Per The Boston Globe:
“His whole approach, offensively and defensively, is very advanced,” Salem manager Joe Oliver said recently of Benintendi, via The Boston Globe. “I feel very confident in everything he does out there. His defensive play is very solid. He doesn’t put himself in bad positions. He runs as hard as he needs to to get to a ball. He understands and is under control when he’s tracking a ball in the outfield. He’s not like a young outfielder who’s full-tilt. You can just tell by his body language if he has the ball.”
While many thought the University of Arkansas product was years away from seeing the field at Fenway Park, it is now not out of the realm of possibility for Benintendi to see a late August/early September call-up to the big club. With utility All Star Brock Holt playing left field, if the Red Sox do not trade for an outfielder, Benintendi could find himself a position with the big league club sooner rather than later. It is vital to not rush Benintendi, but the future looks extremely bright for the Boston Red Sox.