#MLBPlayers411 | Andrew Benintendi
The Red Sox have emphasized the need to invest in their farm system in recent years, and today's #MLBPlayers411 Andrew Benintendi is proof to the Fenway Faithful that those efforts are bearing fruit.
Currently batting .269 with 12 home runs and 52 RBIs, Andrew is doing more than just injecting some youth into the Red Sox clubhouse, he's quickly becoming a mainstay in the Sox lineup.
Andrew's been on the fast track since graduating high school in 2013. The 23-year-old made his big league debut for the Sox in 2016, just a year after being drafted with the seventh overall selection in the 2015 Draft out of the University of Arkansas.
As a sophomore Razorback, Andrew posted an impressive .376 batting average, with 20 homers and 57 RBIs. After leading the SEC in batting average, home runs, on-base percentage (.489), slugging percentage (.715), and walks (47), Andrew was named the conference's Player of the Year. He was also recognized as the Baseball America College Player of the Year, and captured the Dick Howser Trophy and Golden Spikes Award.
After rapidly rising through the Red Sox farm levels in 2015 and 2016, Andrew was off to Boston. He made his big-league debut on August 2, 2016. Just two months later, during the playoffs, Andrew became the youngest Red Sox player to hit a home run in a postseason game, when he took Indians pitcher Trevor Bauer deep in Game 1 of the 2016 American League Division Series.
In addition to the game of baseball, Andrew is a big fan of the hit-television show, Game of Thrones. On July 18th, the Red Sox hosted a Game of Thrones-themed night at Fenway as they took on the Toronto Blue Jays, and honored their young outfielder by giving away this unique bobble-head.
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