Red Sox Rookie Andrew Benintendi Showcased Fielding Talent In Win Over Tampa Bay Rays
Boston Red Sox fans woke up on Tuesday with their favorite team tied for first place in the American League East. For fans and the media who watched Monday nights win over the Tampa Bay Rays saw Red Sox rookie Andrew Benintendi showcase his fielding ability with an acrobatic catch over the left field wall to rob Rays hitter Steven Souza Jr. of a home run.
Benintendi had started the game in center field with Jackie Bradley Jr. starting the game off on the bench due to the return of Chris Young who played his first game back in left field to start the game. After Young walked later in the game JBJ came in as a pinch runner and stayed in the game and was moved to center as a defensive upgrade and John Farrell moved Andrew Benintendi over to left field.
Souza’s hit the ball off the bat and it looked like a home run, Benny Baseball reacted perfectly and covered a big amount of open space to track down the ball and leap over the left field wall to pull the ball back in for an out. Some outfielders in the game would give up on the ball off the bat but having a young player with something to prove along with the defensive ability and speed to track down that ball is a big plus for the Red Sox.
I remember when I was a kid I would throw a tennis ball up over my couch and jump over it and catch it to practice.
Credit to Red Sox manager John Farrell as it was his decision making that allowed Bennintendi to be in the position to catch the ball in the first place. If Young was still out in the field I think there would be zero shot he reels that ball in. Farrell catches a lot of heat from me and other fans and members of the media but credit has to be given when it is due.
Hopefully Benintendi continues to develop and play well at the major league level, so far everything he has been able to accomplish has surpassed the expectations I had for him. He is currently hitting .306 with 10 RBI’s in only 19 games played so far in his major league career. With the return of Chris Young the playing time of Benintendi might be cut, but in my opinion Young will only be played situationaly depending on the opposing pitcher.