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Andrew Benintendi named Hog Nation’s 2016 Minor League Player of the Year
HogNation.net announced that Andrew Benintendi has been named the 2016 Minor League Player of the Year, an honor given each year to the former Razorback player that accomplishes the most in minor league baseball. Former winners include Dallas Keuchel, Cliff Lee, Drew Smyly, Craig Gentry, and Matt Reynolds. The 2015 winner was Brett Eibner.
After being named the Golden Spikes Award winner following his sophomore season at the University of Arkansas, Benintendi was drafted in the first round (7th overall) by the Boston Red Sox in 2015. Baseball America named him the top prospect in the Red Sox organization following his debut minor league season.
In 2016, Benintendi played for high-A Salem and AA Portland before being called up to the major leagues on August 2. He batted .311 in the minor leagues this year, with 31 doubles, 12 triples, 9 home runs, 76 RBI and 16 stolen bases in 97 games. So far in 21 games with the Boston Red Sox, Benintendi is batting .324.
Beintendi played for the Razorbacks from 2014-15. He batted .326 in his college career and hit 20 home runs in his final season. He led the Southeastern Conference in batting average, home runs, slugging percentage, and walks in 2015. He was named the SEC Player of the Year, the Baseball America Player of the Year, and was awarded the Golden Spikes Award and the Dick Howser Trophy.
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