Top Boston Red Sox Prospect Andrew Benintendi Worried He Was Traded When Red Sox Landed Chris Sale
With the Boston Red Sox all reporting for the first day of Spring Training it is the first time many of players have made comments to the media since the team was swept in the ALDS.
When the Red Sox traded for Chris Sale this offseason it impacted a lot of people, one of those was top prospect Andrew Benintendi.
Andrew Benintendi told reporters on Monday that he was eating in a St. Louis Subway with a college teammate when news of the deal broke. The texts and calls began flooding in, including one from his agent.
“He’s like, ‘You’re either going to go or not in the next two minutes,’” Benintendi said. “I was just like, ‘Well, there’s not much I can do.’ After that two minutes was up, I saw everything on Twitter. People were texting me. Obviously, it was a big move for both sides. I’m excited he’s on our side and I’m not facing him.”
Benintendi, who is about as chill as personality as you’ll meet in a baseball clubhouse, was asked if those were the longest two minutes of his life.
“Nah,” he said with a shrug. “It wasn’t that bad.”
Big things are expected of Benintendi in 2017. ESPN’s Keith Law recently named him the No. 1 prospect in baseball, and he’s the runaway favorite to win the Rookie of the Year award after a knee injury last August ended up preserving his rookie eligibility.
“I don’t think about it at all,” Benintendi said of the hype. “I think that’s all for other people to look at. That’s all talk. I’ve just got to go out and play well. That’s what it comes down to. I don’t pay attention to that and don’t let it get to me.”
Benintendi hit .295 with an .835 OPS last year and is making his childhood dream come true.
“Obviously coming up was a dream come true of mine,” Benintendi said. “I enjoyed the two months I was up and playing in the playoffs. Looking back, I think I learned a lot. I’m looking forward to this year.”