I want to get the elephant in the room out of the way to start. I’m a 22-year-old writing about a 22-year-old’s first day at his new job. A little weird, but moving on.
Andrew Benintendi has been called up from the Double-A Portland Seadogs straight to the big leagues. He is currently with the Red Sox in Seattle and will be available off the bench tonight.
I think there’s a good chance that Benintendi will make his major league debut, whether its pinch hitting or pinch running, at some point in tonight’s game at Safeco Field while 75% of Red Sox Nation is asleep. Tomorrow night, Benintendi should get his first start in left field against Seattle right hander Hisashi Iwakuma.
Benintendi will provide Brock Holt with some much needed relief and will allow Holt to fit back into the utility role off the bench. The move also allows Holt to fill in around the infield and give Dustin Pedroia and Hanley Ramirez some days off.
The 2015 first round pick hit very well in Single-A Salem this year with a .341 AVG and a .932 OPS in 34 games. It took some time for Benintendi to adjust to Double-A pitching and he finished with a .295 AVG in 63 games (still serviceable) with the Seadogs.
Dombrowski said the Arkansas University product wasn’t ready to be called up back June, but now with the trade deadline come and gone, Dombrowski’s opinion has clearly changed.
It’s probably good him for Benintendi to get his start in a half-empty Safeco Field rather than a packed house at Fenway Park with Red Sox fans and media watching and analyzing his every move.
Interesting to see if Benintendi can provide the Red Sox with the same spark Jacoby Ellsbury did in the 2007 playoff run, but regardless, the Benintendi era begins tonight in Seattle.