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Red Sox promote outfielder Andrew Benintendi to Portland

A year ago, Andrew Benintendi was hitting for the University of Arkansas; starting Monday, he will be playing for the Red Sox’ Double A affiliate in Portland.
A year ago, Andrew Benintendi was hitting for the University of Arkansas; starting Monday, he will be playing for the Red Sox’ Double A affiliate in Portland. (AP)

Red Sox outfielder Andrew Benintendi had a rare hitless game in High A Salem on Sunday. He won’t have another.

After an 0-for-4 performance that left him with a .341 average, the Red Sox informed Benintendi that he’ll be promoted Monday to Double A Portland. Benintendi, a first-round pick (No. 7 overall) in the 2015 draft, wraps up his brief time in the Carolina League with a .341 average, .413 OBP, and .563 slugging percentage. In 34 games, he had 21 extra-base hits (13 doubles, 7 triples, 1 homer), 15 walks, and just nine strikeouts.

Benintendi, 21, is viewed as one of the most advanced hitters to enter the Red Sox system in years. No top Red Sox position player taken with a top draft pick has moved as quickly to Double A since Dustin Pedroia opened his first full pro season with Portland in 2005.

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“His whole approach, offensively and defensively, is very advanced,” Salem manager Joe Oliver said recently. “I feel very confident in everything he does out there. His defensive play is very solid. He doesn’t put himself in bad positions. He runs as hard as he needs to to get to a ball. He understands and is under control when he’s tracking a ball in the outfield. He’s not like a young outfielder who’s full-tilt. You can just tell by his body language if he has the ball.

“Offensively, he doesn’t put himself in a bad position to swing the bat. He has a plan going up there. He will not get frustrated if his at-bat doesn’t result in a base hit or driving in a run. He’ll make an adjustment for his next at-bat to be better. That’s very unusual for a young hitter. He’s very advanced.”


Alex Speier can be reached at alex.speier@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @alexspeier.

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