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.