Andrew Benintendi

Andrew Benintendi

28-Year-Old OutfielderOF
 Free Agent  
Free Agent
Out
Injury Wrist
Est. Return 2/1/2023
2023 Fantasy Outlook
Benintendi hit .320 for the Royals before he was shipped to the Yankees at the trade deadline, but he struggled to a .254 average with New York and missed the final month of the season with a broken wrist. Despite the high batting average, the veteran outfielder's numbers are underwhelming, as he finished with five home runs, 51 RBI, 54 runs and eight stolen bases in 126 contests. He showcased minimal power and had a .095 ISO, which is the lowest of his career by a significant margin, though he cut his strikeout rate to a career-best 14.1 percent. The low power and speed production leave Benintendi with a low ceiling, even if he's able to hit around. 300 again in 2023. Read Past Outlooks
RANKSFrom Preseason
$Signed a one-year, $8.5 million contract with the Royals in May of 2022. Traded to the Yankees in July of 2022.
Won't return for ALCS
OFNew York Yankees  
Wrist
October 19, 2022
The Yankees didn't activate Benintendi (wrist) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday in advance of Game 1 of their American League Championship Series with the Astros.
ANALYSIS
According to Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, Benintendi was never viewed as a good bet to make it back for this round of the postseason, despite having recently taken batting practice against high-velocity pitching. He still needs more time to regain strength in his surgically repaired wrist, but the Yankees haven't ruled out the possibility of Benintendi being available for the World Series if New York should get past Houston.
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Batting Order Slot Breakdown
vs Right-Handed Pitchers
vs RHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
9
46
19
6
6
vs Left-Handed Pitchers
vs LHP
#1
#2
#3
#4
#5
#6
#7
#8
#9
22
5
1
5
Left/Right Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+5%
OPS vs RHP
2022
 
 
+20%
OPS vs RHP
2021
 
 
+5%
OPS vs LHP
2020
 
 
+25%
OPS vs RHP
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020vs Left .728 319 28 4 31 5 .280 .344 .385
Since 2020vs Right .768 792 93 18 94 12 .283 .348 .420
2022vs Left .675 151 10 1 8 2 .269 .347 .328
2022vs Right .812 370 44 4 43 6 .318 .384 .428
2021vs Left .795 156 17 3 23 3 .303 .340 .455
2021vs Right .754 382 46 14 50 5 .264 .318 .437
2020vs Left .364 12 1 0 0 0 .000 .364 .000
2020vs Right .456 40 3 0 1 1 .125 .300 .156
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Home/Away Batting Splits
Since 2020
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
2022
 
 
+8%
OPS on Road
2021
 
 
+24%
OPS on Road
2020
 
 
+17%
OPS on Road
OPS PA R HR RBI SB AVG OBP SLG
Since 2020Home .700 592 62 7 59 10 .263 .337 .364
Since 2020Away .820 519 59 15 66 7 .303 .358 .462
2022Home .744 276 24 2 24 4 .290 .371 .373
2022Away .803 245 30 3 27 4 .318 .376 .427
2021Home .687 283 35 5 34 5 .253 .307 .379
2021Away .855 255 28 12 39 3 .302 .343 .513
2020Home .418 33 3 0 1 1 .115 .303 .115
2020Away .487 19 1 0 0 0 .077 .333 .154
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Stat Review
How does Andrew Benintendi compare to other hitters?
This section compares his stats with all batting seasons from the previous three seasons (minimum 400 plate appearances)*. The bar represents the player's percentile rank. For example, if the bar is halfway across, then the player falls into the 50th percentile for that stat and it would be considered average.

* Exit Velocity and Barrels/PA % are benchmarked against 2019 data (min 400 PA) and Hard Hit Rate is benchmarked against last season's data (min 400 PA). See here for more exit velocity/barrels stats plus an explanation of current limitations with that data set.
  • BB/K
    Walk to strikeout ratio
  • BB Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a walk.
  • K Rate
    The percentage of plate appearances resulting in a strikeout.
  • BABIP
    Batting average on balls in play. Measures how many of a batter’s balls in play go for hits.
  • ISO
    Isolated Power. Slugging percentage minus batting average. A computation used to measure a batter's raw power.
  • AVG
    Batting average. Hits divided by at bats.
  • OBP
    On Base Percentage. A measure of how often a batters reaches base. Roughly equal to number of times on base divided by plate appearances.
  • SLG
    Slugging Percentage. A measure of the batting productivity of a hitter. It is calculated as total bases divided by at bats.
  • OPS
    On base plus slugging. THe sum of a batter's on-base percentage and slugging percentage.
  • wOBA
    Weighted on-base average. Measures a player's overall offensive contributions per plate appearance. wOBA combines all the different aspects of hitting into one metric, weighting each of them in proportion to their actual run value.
  • Exit Velocity
    The speed of the baseball as it comes off the bat, immediately after a batter makes contact.
  • Hard Hit Rate
    A measure of contact quality from Sports Info Solutions. This stat explains what percentage of batted balls were hit hard vs. medium or soft.
  • Barrels/PA
    The percentage of plate appearances where a batter had a batted ball classified as a Barrel. A Barrel is a batted ball with similar exit velocity and launch angle to past ones that led to a minimum .500 batting average and 1.500 slugging percentage.
  • Expected BA
    Expected Batting Average.
  • Expected SLG
    Expected Slugging Percentage.
  • Sprint Speed
    The speed of a runner from home to first, in feet per second.
  • Ground Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are on the ground.
  • Line Drive %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are line drives.
  • Fly Ball %
    The percentage of balls put in play that are fly balls.
BB/K
0.68
 
BB Rate
10.0%
 
K Rate
14.8%
 
BABIP
.352
 
ISO
.095
 
AVG
.304
 
OBP
.373
 
SLG
.399
 
OPS
.772
 
wOBA
.344
 
Exit Velocity
89.2 mph
 
Hard Hit Rate
31.2%
 
Barrels/PA
3.8%
 
Expected BA
.273
 
Expected SLG
.407
 
Sprint Speed
22.4 ft/sec
 
Ground Ball %
43.4%
 
Line Drive %
22.1%
 
Fly Ball %
34.5%
 
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
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In his first season with the Royals, Benintendi was fine, with his best trait being a .276 average. The batting average along with some home runs and stolen bases placed him in the "I guess" camp. Managers weren't excited about rostering or starting him, and that trend continues into 2022 draft season, understandably. Some underlying traits should have fantasy managers worried. In his prime, he was stealing over 20 bases a season, but last year he was just 8-for-17 on the bases and just 1-for-4 in the second half. His walk rate was a career-low 6.7%. He keeps pulling the ball more and more and teams are shifting him from around 60% in 2018 and 2019 to 83% last season. At least his Gold Glove will keep him in the field, so he'll continue to contribute some counting stats. There is just so little that could go right and so much that could go wrong that he doesn't seem like a player to count on.
Over a longer season, Benintendi may have been able to salvage some amount of respectability from his stat line, but there's still nothing good that can be said about his campaign. He appeared in just 14 games before being shut down with a rib injury, but he showed incredibly little in that tiny sample, hitting a miserable .103/.314/.128. Ordinarily, thinking much at all about just 14 games in which a player may have been battling an injury would be unwise, but those struggles fit disturbingly well into the overall arc of his career. 2019 had been his worse year to date, as his 13 homers, 10 steals and .266 average that year all represented full-season lows. Benintendi is entering his age-26 season, and he was quite highly touted as a prospect, but he has had just one year (2018) as a significantly above-average hitter. There's still upside here, but another year of mediocrity wouldn't be a surprise.
Players are supposed to take steps forward in their third full season, but Benny Biceps did not get that memo. Instead, he compiled his way to a league-average season, posting full-season lows nearly across the board. It should be noted that his overall offensive production was exactly league average despite it being a decline from his efforts in 2017 and 2018. As for causes, his strikeout rate jumped seven percentage points as pitchers were able to get him to swing and miss through pitches at a higher rate than in previous seasons, and many of those misses came within the strike zone. Pitchers would get ahead of him early with first-pitch strikes, and get him in protection mode which forced more guessing and strike zone expansion to protect the edges. He was particularly awful against offspeed stuff. The league has adjusted to him; now it is Benintendi's turn to adjust to stop the statistical backslide.
What do you call a player who is above average across the board but doesn't excel in any one area? His teammates call him Beni. Benintendi fell four homers short of his second straight 20-20 season but increased his doubles by 15 along with powering six triples, resulting in a 41-point jump in SLG along with a 20-point ISO increase. Keying this surge was an improved handling of southpaws (.694 OPS as compared to a .622 mark the previous season). Batting second for most of the season, Benintendi eclipsed the century mark in runs for the first time in his young career. If there's a concern, it comes from Statcast as his exit velocity and barrel rate are pedestrian. However, a solid 82% contact rate keeps his batting average floor high while allowing him to take advantage of Fenway Park. Benintendi may still develop more power and continue to improve against LHP. Chasing that is a risk, but settling for a repeat of 2018 is reasonable.
Normally, a 20-20 inaugural season puts you in contention for Rookie of the Year honors, but when someone else shatters the first-year home run record, you fall short. Such is the case for Benintendi, one of only nine hitters to accomplish the aforementioned feat. Benintendi's impressive season occurred in spite of a weak showing versus southpaws. The lefty-swinging outfielder sported a meek .622 OPS in 112 at bats when saddled with the platoon disadvantage. That said, it's encouraging Benintendi's struggles weren't making contact, but hitting too many medium-speed grounders with a lefty on the hill. This should be correctable with an adjustment, baking in some upside to Benintendi's already impressive skill set versus righties. Also promising is the youngster walked at a greater clip against lefties. A power-speed combo doesn't come cheap, but considering Benintendi is likely to get better, while hitting in a productive spot in a lineup destined to improve from 2017, he's worth a high draft pick or an extra buck or two at the auction table.
Benintendi had a whirlwind year, from being drafted in the summer of 2015 to reaching the majors in the summer of 2016. The 22-year-old started the 2016 season at High-A Salem where he needed just 34 games before getting a bump up to Double-A Portland. He was challenged in the Eastern League, but eventually adjusted and raked to the tune of a .323/.389/.586 line over his final 50 games. That was just enough to convince the Red Sox to call him up to Boston to provide production out of left field, a new position for him. There were some shaky defensive moments out there, but he made all he plays. At the plate, 14 of his 31 hits went for extra bases and he got on base at a good clip, but struggled in a small sample against left-handed pitching (28 at-bats). There's still some work to do, but he has a good approach and, as the primary left fielder, will get plenty of chances to develop his bat.
Benintendi blossomed in his sophomore season at the University of Arkansas in 2015, leading the SEC in batting average (.380), home runs (20), on-base percentage (.489), slugging (.715) and walks (47) while becoming the first college baseball player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in a season since 2009. Production like that is worthy of hardware and Benintendi received it, capturing the Golden Spikes award as the top amateur baseball player in the nation as well as the SEC Player of the Year. Then it got better. As a sophomore eligible draftee, he was drafted seventh-overall by the Red Sox and continued to dominate pitchers. Benintendi adjusted to wooden bats quite well, posting a .972 OPS with 11 homers while maintaining a good approach, walking 35 times compared to 24 strikeouts, in 54 games for short-season Lowell and Low-A Greenville. Talent evaluators believe he’s one of the closest 2015 draftees to the big leagues.
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Gearing up for potential return
OFNew York Yankees  
Wrist
October 14, 2022
Benintendi (wrist) is ramping up his activity ahead of a potential return for the ALCS, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Slated to take dry swings
OFNew York Yankees  
Wrist
September 30, 2022
Benintendi (wrist) is scheduled to begin taking dry swings Saturday, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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Not expected back before playoffs
OFNew York Yankees  
Wrist
September 22, 2022
Benintendi (wrist) said Thursday that he doesn't expect to return from the injured list prior to the end of the regular season, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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Getting surgery Tuesday
OFNew York Yankees  
Wrist
September 5, 2022
Yankees manager Aaron Boone said Benintendi's right wrist surgery is tentatively scheduled for Tuesday, Pete Caldera of The Bergen Record reports.
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Requires surgery
OFNew York Yankees  
Wrist
September 4, 2022
Benintendi (wrist) broke the hook of his hamate bone and will undergo surgery during the upcoming week, Bryan Hoch of MLB.com reports.
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