Garrett Benge XST  |   Third Base

     
 

Age: 22
Born: December 28, 1995
Yukon, OK
Height: 6-0
Weight: 205
Bats: Left
Throws: Right
Drafted: 22nd round, 2015 (CLE); 13th round, 2017 (BOS)
How Acquired: Draft
College: Oklahoma State
High School: Yukon (OK)

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Scouting Scratch: Late-round 2017 draftees (8.28.17)

Physical Description: Average frame with minimal physical projection remaining. Below-average athlete.

Hit: Open stance with leg lift timing device. Quick hands make up for small hitch in load. Solid-average bat speed. Utilizes the whole field. Needs to work on pitch recognition and cut down on swing and miss. Swing lacks loft, more designed for line drives. Some feel for hit. Potential fringe-average hit tool.

Power: Gap power at present. Fringe-average raw power. Projects for below-average game power in his peak at best.

Arm: Fringe-average arm strength and accuracy. Accuracy is impacted by poor footwork leading to throws in the dirt or off target.

Field: Not a natural fielder. Struggles with his reads and not the most instinctual player. Footwork gets sloppy and can lead to unnecessary errors. Lacks fluidity, hands tend to fight the ball. Below-average potential defender at third base.

Run: Below-average speed. Not a part of his game.

Career Notes: Named 2015 NJCAA Division I Player of the Year after a huge season at Cowley College. Drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the 22nd round in 2015 before attending Oklahoma State. Second team All-Big 12 in 2016, first team All-Big 12 in 2017.

Summation: Potential organizational bat. Lack of defensive value and power potential limit upside. If forced to move off third base, will really have to hit. Projects as a below-average defender at third base so a position change is possible in the future. Athleticism limits the other positions he could move to. Swing works and has some upside at the plate, especially if his power and pitch recognition continue to develop.

 
   
  Hitting Stats                                          
  year team lg level org age g ab r h 2b 3b hr rbi tb bb so sb cs avg obp slg ops
  2016 Oklahoma State NCAA Coll --- 20 65 240 37 70 16 3 4 40 104 33 47 7 0 0.292 0.380 0.433 0.813
  2017 Oklahoma State NCAA Coll --- 21 57 214 39 65 11 4 10 53 114 49 39 5 0 0.304 0.437 0.533 0.970
  2017 Lowell NYPL A- Bos 21 52 191 21 44 9 2 0 21 57 25 51 0 2 0.230 0.330 0.298 0.629
   
  Additional Player Info  
  Pronunciation: ---
First Pro Contract:
June 22, 2017 by Lane Decker (BOS)
Signing Bonus: $125,000
MiLB Debut: June 23, 2017 (Lowell)
MLFA Eligible: November 2023
Rule 5 Draft Eligible: December 2021
Added to 40-man: -
MLB Debut:
-
MLB Service Time (through 2017):
-
Options Remaining
: 3 (0 used)
Contract (2018): MiLB Contract
Trade Restrictions
: -
     
  Awards
2017 NY-Penn League All-Star
SoxProspects.com Awards
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