Red Sox select OF Andrew Benintendi with No. 7 overall pick in MLB draft

Ryan Hannable
June 08, 2015 - 3:51 pm
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For just the third time in the last 48 years, the Red Sox had a pick in the top 10 of the MLB draft and for the second time in three years they had the No. 7 overall pick. With a selection so high, the organization is hoping to take advantage and select their next potential big-name player. With the No. 7 overall pick in the 2015 draft, the Red Sox selected University of Arkansas outfielder and left-handed hitter Andrew Benintendi. For the first time since taking Deven Marrero in 2012 they took a college player with their first selection in the draft. Benintendi, a 5-foot-10, 180-pound sophomore was the SEC Player of the Year this past year, hitting .390 with 18 homers and 22 stolen bases. Below is ESPN draft insider Keith Law's pre-draft writeup on Benintendi: Benintendi burst on the scene this year as a draft-eligible sophomore, becoming the first Razorbacks player to win SEC Player of the Year. His freshman-year output was dampened by injury, but Benintendi showed unexpected power this season with a high-leverage swing that some scouts fear won't work as well with wood as it does with composite bats. He's a 55 runner who should stay in center field at least in the short term, where he'd project as at least an above-average regular thanks to his plate discipline and what should end up as at least average power. If he has to move to a corner, he'll need to maintain more of that power production to remain more than just a solid regular. For more draft and Red Sox news, check out weei.com/redsox.

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