2015 Draft Profile: Andrew Benintendi

School: Arkansas; Class: Junior

Position: CF; B/T: L/L

Height: 5-10; Weight: 180

Previously Drafted: Cincinnati Reds, 13th round, 2013


Background: After getting the call as a late round – likely courtesy – selection of his hometown Cincinnati Reds, Benintendi has been one of – if not the – highest risers in college baseball this season. The Madeira HS alum had a solid showing during his debut campaign with the Razorbacks last season, hitting a solid .276/.368/.333, though he added just 10 extra-base hits.

This season, however, his power has taken a dramatic developmental leap forward: he’s slugged 17 dingers in his first 61 games; good enough for the fourth best total among all D1 players. Overall, he’s mashing to the tune of .415/.511/.771 with 12 doubles, a pair of triples, and 21 stolen bases (in 25 attempts) to go along with the power.


Projection: Not too much date to go off of, just about two seasons worth, but Benintendi is showcasing an incredible collection of offensive potential for Arkansas this season: power, speed, patience, and a solid hit tool. Making it more impressive is that Arkansas’ home ballpark tends to deflate offensive production.

Benintendi has the potential to develop into a better-than-average everyday MLB’er down the line, offering up 15/15 potential with solid on-base skills and perhaps the ability to hit in the upper third of a team’s lineup.


Ceiling:  3.0- to 3.5-win player

Floor:  1.5-win player

Risk:  Moderate

Grade: Mid First Round



Photo Courtesy of arkansasfight.com.


After serving as a video scout/analyst for Baseball Info Solutions, Joe Werner began writing at his original site, ReleasePoints.com. He’s since transitioned into his current niche, prospect analysis, at ProspectDigest.com. He has been fortunate — and incredibly blessed — to have some of his work published and mentioned by several major media outlets, including: ESPN, Cleveland.com and the Baseball Research Journal. He can be reached at: JosephMWerner@yahoo.com.