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Sox promote prospect Andrew Benintendi from Double A

Andrew Benintendi played for the US team in last month’s Futures Game in San Diego.Matt York/Associated Press

SEATTLE — The Red Sox announced after Monday’s game that they were promoting 22-year-old outfielder Andrew Benintendi from Double A Portland.

Benintendi will be added to the roster on Tuesday and is expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday night.

Benintendi is ranked as one of the top prospects in the game. He was hitting .295 with an .872 OPS, 8 home runs, and 44 RBIs in 63 games at Portland.

Benintendi was the seventh overall pick of the 2015 draft out of the University of Arkansas. The decision to promote him came after the non-waiver trade deadline passed Monday without the Red Sox being able to deal for an outfielder.


“We looked at some possible alternatives to help us in left field. We thought some of them were good choices, but we also thought the cost of some of those were quite high,” president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said.

“Our people kept coming up and saying, ‘Well, we think [Benintendi] can play at the big league level. We think he’s ready.’ Now don’t look for him to hit in the middle of the lineup; but he will eventually. He’s a well-rounded player. He’s a good defensive player. He runs the bases well. He has a good arm.”

Benintendi has been a center fielder throughout his career, but has played four games in left field in recent weeks. The plan is for Benintendi to start against righthanded pitchers “at this point,” according to manager John Farrell.

“He’s ready. We’re going to get a first-hand look at this,” Farrell said.

Brock Holt will return to a utility role off the bench.

Andrew Benintendi's meteoric rise
Benintendi, the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft, began his professional career 13 months ago in Class A Lowell.
2015 Lowell (A) 35 124 36 7 15 7 .290 .408 .540
2015 Greenville (A) 19 74 26 4 16 3 .351 .430 .581
2015 Season totals 54 198 62 11 31 10 .313 .416 .556
2016 Salem (A) 34 135 46 1 32 8 .341 .413 .563
2016 Portland (AA) 63 237 70 8 44 8 .295 .357 .515
2016 Season totals 97 372 116 9 76 16 .312 .378 .532
Career totals 151 570 178 20 107 26 .312 .392 .540
Source: baseball-reference.com, milb.com

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