Andrew Benintendi
Andrew Benintendi
24-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox
Injury Leg
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
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$Signed a one-year contract with the Red Sox in August of 2016.
Available off bench
OFBoston Red Sox
June 26, 2019
Benintendi (legs) is available off the bench Wednesday against the White Sox, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
According to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe, Benintendi's legs felt heavy after Sunday's game against the Blue Jays, which helps explain his absence from the starting lineup over the past two games. That said, his availability off the bench suggests the issue isn't anything overly serious; with a pair of off days before returning to action against Yankees in London, Benintendi should be good to go for Saturday's series opener overseas.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .680 379 42 6 41 8 .242 .332 .349
Since 2017vs Right .838 1276 185 37 172 41 .291 .367 .471
2019vs Left .739 84 7 1 11 0 .246 .386 .354
2019vs Right .813 252 33 6 25 8 .286 .351 .463
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
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OPS at Home
OPS at Home
OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .798 808 116 18 106 18 .284 .347 .451
Since 2017Away .805 847 111 25 107 31 .276 .370 .436
2019Home .840 149 24 4 16 2 .267 .351 .489
2019Away .763 187 16 3 20 6 .286 .366 .398
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
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How does Andrew Benintendi compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against this season's data (min 100 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
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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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Second straight day off
OFBoston Red Sox
June 26, 2019
Benintendi remains out of the lineup for Wednesday's game against the White Sox, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Resting Tuesday
OFBoston Red Sox
June 25, 2019
Benintendi will sit Tuesday against the White Sox, Alex Speier of The Boston Globe reports.
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Reaches base three times
OFBoston Red Sox
June 21, 2019
Benintendi went 2-for-4 with an RBI, a walk and two runs scored Friday against the Blue Jays.
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Back in action
OFBoston Red Sox
June 17, 2019
Benintendi (quadriceps) is starting in left field and hitting second Monday against the Twins, Bill Koch of The Providence Journal reports.
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Dealing with minor quad injury
OFBoston Red Sox
June 16, 2019
Benintendi was scratched from the lineup for Sunday's game against the Orioles due to a strained quadriceps, Christopher Smith of reports.
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