Boston Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi was recently promoted to Class AA Portland after posting a .341 batting average in 135 at-bats with Class A Salem. Benintendi’s strong hitting has left many wondering if the No.1 Red Sox draft pick of 2015 will see action in the major leagues this season, especially after a hot hitting streak in Class A.
The 2015 Golden Spikes Award recipient and No.1 Red Sox draft pick has caught the attention of many throughout the Red Sox farm system. Some are asking if Benintendi will make an appearance before the end of the season. “Some guys, that path is quicker,” Red Sox roving outfielder coordinator Billy Mcmillan said in a Boston Globe interview. “In our limited exposure with him, he’s demonstrated that he’s ready for the next challenge.” That’s putting it lightly. Benintendi has already set a Salem Red Sox record with a 21-game hitting streak this season.
While it has been exciting to watch Benintendi do so well, some are saying that he should take his time and play in the minors for another years or two. Dustin Pedrioa joined the Red Sox farm system out of college but spent a few years in the minors before joining the team in 2006. In addition to taking more time to work out kinks in the minors, there’s also the issue of whether there’s any room on the team right now; there really isn’t. Jackie Bradley Jr. is here to stay now that he’s an offensive asset. Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, and Brock Holt are consistently playing well. On top of that, Josh Rutledge and Chris Young is posting solid stats. So given the amount of offensive power the Red Sox have right now, it’s better if prospect Andrew Benintendi sits tight in the minors for another year or two so he can continue developing his style. Just like all the other players, Benintendi has to earn a spot and that takes time. So we’ll see if Benintendi is the real thing, a reincarnate of Ted Williams or Carl Yastrzemski, or if he’s just another $1million fluke.