Just two months after being named the consensus winner of the Golden Spikes Award, Boston Red Sox prospect Andrew Benintendi has been promoted to Single-A Greenville, as first reported by SoxProspects.com. Benintendi began his professional career with the Lowell Spiners of the New York-Penn League, taking the league by storm after an initial adjustment period. Entering the league’s All-Star break, Benintendi led the circuit with a .948 OPS and compiled a .290/.408/.540 slash line with seven home runs and 15 runs batted in during his tenure with the Spinners.
Though Benintendi posted league leading numbers in the New York-Penn League, he was curiously absent from the New York-Penn League All-Stars making the trip to Ripken Stadium in Aberdeen, Maryland on Tuesday night. With the back injury to Staten Island Yankees outfielder Jhalan Jackson, it was conceivable that Benintendi could have been named to the squad as an injury replacement. Instead, the Red Sox sixth ranked prospect according to MLB.com will be headed to the South Atlantic League as a member of the Greenvile Drive.
From the time he had been drafted by the Red Sox, Benintendi had been expected to migrate through the farm system with ease. After a slow start, Benintendi emerged as one of the top players in the league, batting .395 with three home runs since August 7th. In a draft featuring an array of shortstop and pitching prospects, Benintendi became recognized as one of the most polished college bats in the draft out of Arkansas.
As a sophomore with the Arkansas Razorbacks, Benintendi led the NCAA in home runs until the College World Series with twenty, while collecting a .376/.488/.717 slash line. Benintendi became the seventh SEC player to earn National Player of the Year honors from Baseball America along with the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Award. Benintendi is expected to join Greenville on Monday during the club’s road trip in Greensboro.