Full name is Andrew Sebastian Benintendi. Signed by Chris Mears (Red Sox). Became the Red Sox' earliest ever college player selected in a June Draft (7th overall in 2015). Played baseball for 2 seasons at the University of Arkansas, leading the Razorbacks to a College World Series berth in 2015...Became the 3rd-highest draft pick in school history. Rated by Baseball America as the best collegiate pure hitter available in the 2015 June Draft. Led Division I in HR (20) and ranked 3rd in SLG (.717) in 2015...Won the Dick Howser Trophy as the top D1 baseball player in the country and the Golden Spikes Award as the nation's top amateur player...Also named National Player of the Year by Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. Named 2015 SEC Player of the Year after leading the conference in AVG (.376), OBP (.488), SLG, HR, and BB (50)...Became the 1st Arkansas baseball player to ever win SEC Player of the Year and National Player of the Year honors...Became the 3rd player in the 81-year history of the conference to lead the league in HR and AVG (also Rafael Palmeiro in 1984 and Jeff Abbott in 1994). Named 2014-15 Roy F. Kramer SEC Male Athlete of the Year by a vote of the league's athletics directors. As a senior in 2013 at Madeira (OH) High School, was named ACBA/Rawlings National High School Player of the Year, Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year, and a First Team All-American after batting .564 with 12 HR, 57 RBI, and 38 SB...Graduated with the Ohio high school career record in runs scored (199). Selected by the Cincinnati Reds in the 31st round of the 2013 June Draft, but did not sign. Also played basketball in high school, earning 2011-12 Division III Co-Player of the Year honors from the Cincinnati Enquirer after setting school records in points in a career (1,753) and season (638), career 3-pointers (180), and points per game in a season (25.5).
Made his ML debut despite having never played a game at the Triple-A level...Appeared in 34 games with Boston, making 27 starts in LF and 3 in CF...Also hit .312 (116-for-372) with a .910 OPS in 97 games between High-A Salem and Double-A Portland. Earned the Greg Montalbano Minor League Player of the Year award from the Boston chapter of the BBWAA. Following the season, ranked by Baseball America as the Red Sox' No. 1 prospect, as well as the organization's best hitter for average and as having the best strike zone discipline...Also named to the Baseball America Minor League All-Star Second Team following the season. Among the 36 AL rookies with at least 100 PA, ranked 5th in AVG (.295) and 4th in OPS (.835). The Sox went 18-12 in his starts, including 16-3 from 8/12-9/25. With BOS, hit .338 (26-for-77) with a .984 OPS vs. RHP and batted .542 (13-for-24) when leading off an inning. Reached base in 25 of his 30 ML starts...14 of his 31 hits went for extra bases, including 13 of his final 22. Selected to the ML roster on 8/2 and made his debut that night at SEA (0-for-2)...Entered as a pinch-hitter in the 7th inning and grounded out to 2B...Remained in the game in LF and struck out in the 9th inning. Made his 1st ML start the following day (8/3 at SEA)...Started in LF and went 2-for-3...Recorded his 1st ML hit in the 3rd inning, a single to LF off Hisashi Iwakuma...Also singled to RF in the 8th inning. Recorded 3 hits in consecutive games on 8/7 at LAD (3-for-4, R, 2 RBI) and 8/9 vs. NYY (3-for-3, 2B, 2 R, RBI). Recorded his 1st ML triple on 8/21 at DET in the 6th inning and added his 1st career HR in the 7th...According to Elias, the only other Red Sox ever to record their 1st triple and 1st HR in the same game are Dwight Evans (9/20/72 vs. BAL) and Rico Petrocelli (6/20/65 at CWS)...Benintendi became the youngest Red Sox with a HR and a triple in the same game since Evans did so at 20 years old on 9/20/72. Robbed Steven Souza Jr. of a 2-run homer in LF in the 8th inning on 8/22 at TB, preserving the Sox' 3-0 lead...Had started the game in CF before moving to LF at the start of the 8th. Removed from the game on 8/24 at TB after injuring his knee while running the bases...Placed on the 15-day DL the following day with a left knee sprain...Reinstated from the DL on 9/13 and appeared in 13 more games (11 starts) for the Red Sox. Recorded an extra-base hit in each of his first 4 games back from the DL (9/15-21)...On 9/21 at BAL, gave the Sox a 5-1 lead with a 3-run HR in the 6th inning, his 1st game with at least 3 RBI. Ranked 4th among Red Sox minor leaguers in AVG and 2nd in RBI (76). At the time of his call-up, his 12 3B were tied for the minor league lead and his 76 RBI led all Red Sox farmhands. Began the season with Salem and went 4-for-5, 2B, 3B, 3 RBI, and 2 R in his 1st game (4/7 vs. Carolina). Recorded a 23-game hitting streak from 4/10-5/6, tied for the longest in Salem history (Art Howe, 1971 Salem Rebels)...During the streak, posted a .391/.458/.663 batting line (36-for-92, 10 2B, 6 3B, HR, 24 RBI, 23 R, 11 BB, 6 SO). Named Carolina League Player of the Week for the period 4/25-5/1. Promoted to Portland on 5/16...Hit .205 (16-for-78) in his first 20 games with the Sea Dogs...In his last 43 games with Portland (6/10-7/31), posted a .340/.408/.629/1.037 batting line with 19 BB against only 17 SO (54-for-159, 14 2B, 4 3B, 8 HR, 35 RBI, 32 R)...In that span, ranked among Double-A leaders in AVG (8th), OBP (8th), SLG (2nd), OPS (2nd), runs (6th), RBI (8th), and XBH (T-1st, 26). Went 4-for-5 with 2 HR, 2 2B, and 5 RBI on 7/31 at Binghamton, his final minor league game. Named Eastern League Player of the Week for the period 7/25-31 (.478 AVG, 11-for-24, 10 RBI, 2 HR, 3 2B, 3B). POSTSEASON: Started each of the Red Sox' 3 ALDS games in LF...Led off the 3rd inning of Game 1 with a HR, becoming the youngest player ever (22 years, 92 days old) to hit a postseason HR for the Red Sox (previous: Reggie Smith, 22 years, 188 days)...The only other players to homer for BOS in their first career postseason PA are Todd Walker (2003 ALDS g1 at OAK) and Jose Santiago (1967 WS g1 vs. STL)...Also hit an RBI double in the 5th inning of Game 3 at Fenway Park.
Made professional debut, combining with Short-A Lowell (35 G) and Single-A Greenville (19 G) to hit .313 (62- for-198) with a .416 OBP and a .556 SLG. Ranked T-3rd in the Sox organization in HR (11), averaging a homer every 18.0 AB...Drew 35 BB against only 24 SO. Following the season, ranked by Baseball America as the No. 3 prospect in the Red Sox organization and the No. 1 prospect in the New York-Penn League...Also rated by Baseball America as the best defensive OF and as having the best strike zone discipline in the Sox' system...Named a Short-Season All-Star by BA. Made 49 starts in CF and 5 at DH, recording 6 assists with a .992 fielding percentage (1 E/131 TC). Hit .322 vs. RHP (23-for-60, 9 HR) and .283 vs. LHP (13-for-46, 2 HR). Hit .221 in his first 20 games through 7/29, but posted a .362 AVG/.433 OBP/.615 SLG in his final 34 games (47- for-130, 6 2B, 3 3B, 7 HR). Made his pro debut with Lowell on 7/3 at Connecticut, going 2-for-4 and scoring the winning run in the 9th inning of a 2-1 Spinners victory...Hit his 1st pro HR the following day at Tri-City, scoring the winning run again on a 2-run shot in the 3rd inning...Homered in 3 of 4 games from 7/19-22. Named NYPL Player of the Week on 8/17 after batting .407 (11-for-27, 3 HR) in his final 7 games with Lowell... Recorded his 1st multi-homer game on 8/11 at Tri-City. Transferred to Greenville on 8/17 and reached base in 18 of 19 games with the Drive...Hit 2 HR in his 2nd game with Greenville on 8/19 at Greensboro...Had a 12-game hitting streak from 8/26-9/6. Hit his 1st professional walk-off HR on 9/3 vs. Savannah, a 2-run shot in the 9th inning of a 6-5 win. Named Red Sox Minor League Hitter of the Month for August/September, posting a .359/.430/.602 batting line in that time (33 G, 46-for-128, 25 R, 6 2B, 2 3B, 7 HR, 21 RBI, 16 BB). During his time with Greenville, ranked 5th in the SAL in OPS (1.011).