Andrew Benintendi
Andrew Benintendi
25-Year-Old OutfielderOF
Boston Red Sox
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.
Remains on bench Sunday
OFBoston Red Sox
September 29, 2019
Benintendi is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against Baltimore, Jen McCaffrey of The Athletic reports.
Benintendi finishes the season on the bench for the third straight contest, which could be related to the thumb issue he battled earlier in the week. Gorkys Hernandez will start in left field in the season finale.
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Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2017
Since 2017vs Left .714 483 55 10 57 8 .251 .333 .382
Since 2017vs Right .820 1451 204 39 188 43 .284 .361 .459
2019vs Left .796 188 20 5 27 0 .269 .358 .438
2019vs Right .764 427 52 8 41 10 .265 .336 .428
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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Home/Away Batting Splits
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OPS on Road
Since 2017Home .802 963 136 22 125 18 .280 .347 .455
Since 2017Away .785 971 123 27 120 33 .272 .361 .424
2019Home .830 304 44 8 35 2 .264 .347 .483
2019Away .718 311 28 5 33 8 .268 .340 .379
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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Stat Review
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 2019 data (min 400 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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Exit Velocity
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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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Out of Saturday's lineup
OFBoston Red Sox
September 28, 2019
Benintendi is not in Saturday's lineup against the Orioles.
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Not starting Friday
OFBoston Red Sox
September 27, 2019
Benintendi is not in the lineup Friday against the Orioles.
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Two hits in return
OFBoston Red Sox
September 25, 2019
Benintendi went 2-for-5 with two runs scored in Tuesday's 12-10 win over Texas.
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Rejoins lineup
OFBoston Red Sox
September 24, 2019
Benintendi (thumb) is starting in left field and hitting sixth Tuesday against the Rangers, Ian Browne of reports.
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Sitting again Monday
OFBoston Red Sox
September 23, 2019
Benintendi (thumb) is not in the lineup Monday against the Rays, Steve Hewitt of the Boston Herald reports.
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