Thursday, June 11, 2015

Benintendi Is Baseball America's Player O' Year

 (Photo by Danny Parker)
He's already got the NCAA National Player Of The Year and SEC Player Of The Year under his belt. Now Red Sox #1 Draft Choice Andrew Benintendi has been named 2015 College Player Of the Year by the influential Baseball America publication. It kind of makes you understand why Ben Cherington nabbed the kid at #7 overall—rather than take Vanderbilt starting pitcher Carson Fulmer. It's very difficult to find an elite bat anywhere these days, so when the opportunity arises, you need to take it. As recounted by Baseball America, Benintendi is an all-around athlete, and holds the record for most hits by any player in Ohio high school history. His MLB 'comps' range from Adam Eaton to Darren Bragg to some guy named Jacoby Ellsbury. Not bad company.