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Will Benson RF

Cleveland Indians

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Key Stats
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Player Updates

June 21, 2019 01:16 AM
Indians' Will Benson: Rising in farm system
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Benson was promoted to High-A Lynchburg on Wednesday, Emily Waldon of The Athletic reports.

The 21-year-old had a stellar first half of the season, resulting in his second straight appearance in the Midwest League All-Star Game. He's on pace for 36 home runs, 110 RBI and 88 runs, which would all shatter his previous career-best numbers. Considering his excellent hitting, it might be in the club's best interest to provide more challenging competition for Benson sooner rather than later.

April 4, 2019 02:40 PM
Indians' Will Benson: Returns to Low-A
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Benson will return to Low-A Lake County for the start of the 2019 season, MLB.com reports.

This is not a surprise, as Benson hit .180 and struck out 30 percent of the time over a full season at Low-A last year. Even with those struggles, he was an above-league-average hitter (102 wRC+), which speaks to his raw power (22 home runs) and willingness to take a walk (16.2 BB%). He is still just 20 years old, so the book has not yet been written, but Benson will need to rebound in a big way to return to must-roster status in dynasty leagues.

April 26, 2018 11:36 AM
Indians' Will Benson: Two homers for Lake County
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Benson went 2-for-3 with two home runs Wednesday for Low-A Lake County against West Michigan.

The tooled-up 19-year-old can be a tough player to get a handle on for dynasty-league purposes, as his .238 average last year in the New York-Penn League is his best mark to date. However, he has made excellent strides at the plate so far this season. Benson is walking at a career-best 18.2 percent clip while also striking out a career-best 27.3 percent of the time. He has made these improvements all while posting a career-high .269 ISO, which ranks third in the Midwest League. A .233 BABIP is suppressing his batting average (.212), so there's still a buying opportunity if his owner is not carefully tracking Benson's improvements. He is a better bet in OBP leagues, but Benson's high-end power combined with above-average speed could someday make him an excellent contributor in all formats if he keeps the strikeouts in check.

September 19, 2017 06:09 PM
Indians' Will Benson: Finishes 2017 on high note
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Benson finished 2017 slashing .238/.347/.475 with 10 home runs, 36 RBI and 29 runs over 56 games in the New York-Penn League.

The Tribe's first-round pick in 2016 started slow against short-season pitching, but Benson's batting average improved each month. He finished tied atop the league's homer leaderboard while ranking in the top five for RBI, triples (five) and OPS (.823). Benson's 33.9 percent strikeout rate can obviously use some work, but his plate discipline should develop as the teenager bags more experience.

July 8, 2017 05:28 PM
Indians' Will Benson: Struggling against short-season pitching
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Benson, 19, is hitting .200/.231/.360 with one home run and 21 strikeouts in 50 at-bats in the New York-Penn League.

When the Indians picked Benson with the 14th overall pick last year, it was a true boom-or-bust selection, and so far the returns have been pretty troubling. He has the kind of tools dynasty-league owners covet, but may never be able to hit enough for those tools to shine in games.

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Player Info

Height/Weight:
6-5/215
Birthdate:
6/16/1998
Age:
21
Hometown:
Atlanta, GA
Bats/Throws:
L/L
Team:
Cleveland Indians
College:

MLB Experience:
0