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Apr 12, 2024 1 1 0 0 3.5
Apr 10, 2024 0 0 0 0 -0.5
Apr 9, 2024 0 0 0 0 -1.5
Apr 8, 2024 2 2 1 2 13
Apr 7, 2024 0 0 0 0 -0.5

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Something clicked for Will Benson during his five-week stint in the minors in April and May. A first-round pick in 2016, he made changes to cut down on his whiffs in 2022, but it wasn't enough to convince Cleveland as the Guardians traded traded him across state to Cincinnati just before spring training. While those aforementioned changes did not pay immediate dividends at the major-league level, Benson put everything together with Triple-A Louisville and would go on to be one of the Reds' best hitters over the final four months of the season. From May 30 on, Benson hit .296/.389/.542 with 34 extra-base hits -- including eight triples -- to go along with 19 steals in 22 attempts. It was a remarkable turnaround, but Benson is a strict platoon player for manager David Bell and the stickiness of his plate-skill improvements is still in question. The 25-year-old had over 300 plate appearances following his return to the majors, but that's not enough of a sample to draw any definitive conclusions.

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2024 34.52.7 6 2 6 5 2 .208
2023 249.52.3 51 11 31 40 19 .275
2022 17.50.6 8 3 3 .182
3y Avg. 136.52 30 6 17 22 10 .257
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Idle against lefty

    Benson isn't in the Reds' lineup for Saturday's matchup against the White Sox. Southpaw Garrett Crochet will take the mound for Chicago, forcing the lefty-hitting Benson into the dugout to begin the game. Spencer Steer, Bubba Thompson and Stuart Fairchild will start across the Reds' outfield while Benson rests.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Homers in win

    Benson started at designated hitter and went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, a solo home run, a steal and an additional run scored in Monday's 10-8 win over the Brewers. Benson was originally listed as the starter in right field but was shifted to DH after Jonathan India (leg) was injured during pregame warmups. Benson entered the contest mired in a 2-for-20 (10 strikeouts) slump. Both the homer and steal were Benson's second to go along with six RBI through 10 games.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Heads to bench Sunday

    Benson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets. Benson started the first eight games of the season but will take a seat Sunday while mired in a 2-for-19 slump. Bubba Thompson will start in center field and bat ninth in the series finale versus New York.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Swipes bag in win

    Benson started in right field and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday's 6-3 extra-inning win over the Phillies. Benson stole his first base of the season after logging 19 thefts in 2023. Monday's start was notable in that the lefty-hitting Benson has been in the lineup for both games when the Reds have faced a southpaw. He batted .146 with a .400 OPS over 44 plate appearances against left-handers in 2023, but it appears the Reds are trying to make him an everyday player in 2024. Other than Monday's walk, Benson struck out three times and is 1-for-4 against left-handers thus far. He's fanned seven times overall in 17 plate appearances.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: In lineup versus left-hander

    Benson will start in right field and bat ninth in Monday's game versus the Phillies. The Reds have faced two lefties in the early going and Benson has been the only left-handed batter in the lineup for both of those games. He's been down in the No. 9 spot for both of those tilts, but it's a positive sign that Cincinnati is viewing him as an everyday player, at least while the club contends with some injuries.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Belts game-tying homer

    Benson went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI in Sunday's victory over the Nationals. Benson took Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan deep in the ninth inning with a two-run homer to tie the game. He also notched his third double of the season earlier in the game. Benson has started hot out of the gate for the Reds, garnering three straight starts and going 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits. He should maintain a regular lineup spot so long as TJ Friedl (wrist) is out.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Starts in center field

    Benson started in center field and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's spring game against Colorado. Benson's served as the starting center fielder in four of his last six Cactus League outings. The lefty swinger and right-handed batting Stuart Fairchild have rotated there since TJ Friedl sustained a broken wrist. Those two are expected to share center field while Friedl recovers, but it's uncertain if it will be a strict platoon.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Could see more center field action

    With TJ Friedl out with a fractured wrist, Benson could get more starts in center field, along with Stuart Fairchild, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. Benson and teammate Jake Fraley both should get more playing time not only because of Friedl's injury, but also because of Noelvi Marte's suspension, which presumably frees the DH spot up for either one of them or Jonathan India. Friedl will be sidelined for a minimum of 3-to-4 weeks, after which his wrist will be re-evaluated.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Looking to bat against lefties

    Benson went 1-for-3 with an RBI-double in Sunday's spring game against the Royals. Benson collected his first hit off a left-hander this spring, which has been an area of focus for the lefty-swinging outfielder, per Mark Sheldon of MLB.com. "I requested that when I first showed up at spring training," Benson said. "If I'm going to be the best player that I know I can possibly be, I need to be playing regardless of who is on that mound." During a strong 2023 season, Benson was often rested against southpaws. In 44 plate appearances, he batted .146 with 14 strikeouts.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Three hits, steal in loss

    Benson went 3-for-4 with one stolen base and one run scored in Sunday's 4-3 loss to the Cardinals. Benson went 7-for-16 with four steals across his last five games of the season. The outfielder was able to play semi-regularly in 2023, holding down a strong-side platoon role. He posted a .275/.365/.498 slash line with 11 home runs, 19 steals, 31 RBI, 51 runs scored, 15 doubles and eight triples across 329 plate appearances in his first year with the Reds.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Not starting versus southpaw

    Benson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets. Benson sits against most left-handed starting pitchers, and that's the case again Sunday with veteran Jose Quintana on the mound for New York. Nick Senzel is manning left field and batting second.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: On bench versus lefty

    Benson is out of the lineup Tuesday against the Tigers. Benson went 3-for-4 with a homer and a double in Sunday's series finale against the Cardinals, but he'll ride the pine in Tuesday's series opener at Detroit with left-hander Joey Wentz on the bump. Benson, 25, has batted just .152/.222/.212 in 36 plate appearances versus lefties this year.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Has three-hit day in win

    Benson went 3-for-4 with a solo home run and a double in Sunday's win over the Cardinals. Benson recorded his second three-hit effort over his last four games and reached the double-digit home run mark with a solo blast in the third. His recent surge at the plate has him at nine hits in 10 games this month, although he's started just six of those 10 games, as he continues to sit against lefties. The 25-year-old has put together a nice season during his first year in Cincinnati, slashing .273/.369/.502 with 10 homers, 27 RBI, 45 runs and a 37:89 BB:K in 287 plate appearances.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: On bench Friday

    Benson is absent from the lineup Friday versus the Cardinals. Benson went 3-for-4 with two doubles, a homer and a stolen base in Wednesday's series finale against the Mariners, but the Reds will go righty-heavy Friday as they match up against Cardinals lefty Drew Rom. Benson has batted .156/.229/.219 in 35 plate appearances this year versus southpaws.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Not starting Saturday

    Benson isn't in the Reds' lineup Saturday against the Cubs. Benson is just 2-for-19 across his last seven games, so he'll get a day off to regroup Saturday. Nick Martini, TJ Friedl and Hunter Renfroe will make up Cincinnati's outfield while Benson rests.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Sitting out first game

    Benson is not in the lineup for the first game of Friday's doubleheader against the Cubs. Southpaw Jordan Wicks is on the hill for the Cubs, so Benson will take a seat. Newcomer Hunter Renfroe is in right field and Stuart Fairchild is in left field for the Reds.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Gets day off versus lefty

    Benson is out of the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Guardians. Benson will join fellow lefty hitter Joey Votto on the bench Tuesday while the Guardians bring southpaw Logan Allen to the hill. Though he's coming off a productive weekend in Pittsburgh in which he went 5-for-9 with two walks, four runs and a stolen base, Benson will cede his spot in the outfield to TJ Hopkins in the series opener with Cleveland.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Nursing back stiffness

    Benson is not in the Reds' lineup Wednesday due to back stiffness, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports. It explains why he's not playing for a second straight day and this time against a right-hander. Benson is expected to be fine, so there would seem to be a good chance he's ready to roll for the weekend series in Pittsburgh following Thursday's off day.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: Absent from lineup

    Benson is not in the lineup for Wednesday's contest against the Marlins. Benson didn't start Tuesday against a lefty and is now on the bench for this one versus right-hander Johnny Cueto. Spencer Steer and Stuart Fairchild will handle the corner outfield spots for the Reds on Wednesday.
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  • Reds' Will Benson: On bench versus lefty

    Benson is not in the lineup for Tuesday's game against the Marlins. Spencer Steer, TJ Friedl and Stuart Fairchild will start across the outfield for the Reds as they take on left-hander Braxton Garrett. The left-handed-hitting Benson has slashed just .053/.143/.158 in 21 plate appearances versus southpaws this year.
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