As you know if you kept up with my Red Sox game recaps down the stretch, I love pretty much everything about how Red Sox left fielder Andrew Benintendi plays the game of baseball. The poise, the fundamentals, the hair; it’s all good stuff. This led me to say on Episode 11 of The BOS Talk that I believe Benny will have the most eye-opening 2017 out of anyone on the Red Sox roster. As of January 17, 2017, he is off to an early lead.
Look at the size of those arms! He has truly taken to heart the words of one of my personal favorite Youtubers, Bradley Martyn, who often says that, “Every Day is Arm Day”. Unlike Pablo Sandoval's fat burning workouts that I dread seeing on all of my social media platforms, this video is something that I actually find encouraging. I’ve said multiple times that being in shape does not necessarily mean you’ll be a good baseball player; however, in the case of Andrew Benintendi, he is already a good baseball player! He hit .295 with an .835 OPS in 34 games last season, and is widely regarded as baseball’s top prospect! This just leads me to believe that last year’s singles will turn into doubles, and last year’s doubles will turn into home runs! While Benintendi was injured or in the minors last season, the Red Sox lacked production from the left field position. A full year of a stronger Benintendi could very well mean an outfield with 3 20+ home run hitters. I can’t say I’d hate that. But beware Andrew, leg day is also important no matter how much more entertaining it is to wear cut-off shirts and do curls everyday.
In other news, Benintendi is going to wear number 16 during the 2017 season. I’d first like to send my condolences to any of you out there who purchased any Benny gear with #40 on it. I was so very tempted to do the same thing, but I knew that it was almost certain that he’d be swiping #16 from Deven Marrero come 2017. Deven Marrero has worn the number for the past 2 seasons, but with his forever unclear status on his roster, it made much more sense to give the number to the team’s everyday left fielder. While I’m sure Benny was very polite in asking Marrero to give up his jersey number, I’d prefer to think of it as his subtle way of saying, “I’m the future of this team. You’re not. Now give me the number because I’m about to go bring another World Series title to Boston”. Despite the fact that Mookie Betts is the only proven superstar in this lineup and he is most likely to lead the team to a World Series, Benny has the potential to be a similar type of player. They’re about the same height, both moved to the corners from center field, and Benintendi could very well turn out to be a 5 tool player like Betts. Obviously we’ll have to wait and see how this year plays out, but I have high hopes for this young stud as he moves forward into his first full season as a major leaguer.
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