Will Benson

William Buchanan Benson (born June 16, 1998) is an American professional baseball outfielder for the Cleveland Guardians of Major League Baseball (MLB).

Will Benson
Benson with the Columbus Clippers in 2022
Cleveland Guardians – No. 29
Outfielder
Born: (1998-06-16) June 16, 1998
Atlanta, Georgia
Bats: Left
Throws: Left
MLB debut
August 1, 2022, for the Cleveland Guardians
MLB statistics
(through 2022 season)
Batting average.182
Home runs0
Runs batted in3
Teams
Medals
Men's baseball
Representing  United States
U-18 Baseball World Cup
2015 Osaka Team

Career

Benson was drafted by the Cleveland Indians in the first round of the 2016 Major League Baseball draft out of The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia.[1][2] He was committed to play college baseball for the Duke Blue Devils, but instead chose to sign with the Indians.[3]

Benson made his professional debut with the Rookie-level Arizona League Indians where he posted a .209 batting average with six home runs and 27 runs batted in during 44 games.[4] In 2017, he played for the Mahoning Valley Scrappers of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League where he batted .238 with ten home runs and 36 runs batted in during 56 games, and in 2018, he played with the Lake County Captains of the Class A South Atlantic League, hitting .180 with 22 home runs and 58 runs batted in during 123 games.[5] He returned to Lake County to begin 2019. On April 18, 2019, he hit four home runs in one game.[6] Benson was promoted to the Lynchburg Hillcats of the Class A-Advanced Carolina League in June after hitting .272 with 18 home runs and 55 runs batted in during 62 games with Lake County.[7] Over 61 games in Lynchburg, he batted .189 with four home runs and 23 runs batted in.[8]

In July 2020, Benson signed on to play for Team Texas of the Constellation Energy League (a makeshift four-team independent league created as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic) for the 2020 season. To begin the 2021 season, he was assigned to the Akron RubberDucks of the Double-A Northeast.[9]

The Guardians selected Benson's contract on August 1, 2022.[10]

References

  1. "Indians draft OF Will Benson at No. 14". June 10, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  2. "USABaseball.com: News: 18U: Benson hoping to be next two-sport star". Archived from the original on October 18, 2016. Retrieved November 19, 2016.
  3. "Will Benson – Player Profile". Perfect Game USA. Retrieved March 10, 2018.
  4. "Tribe prospect Will Benson is starting to take off".
  5. "Patience Begins Paying off for Will Benson".
  6. RotoWire Staff. "Indians' Will Benson: Returns to Low-A". CBSSports.com. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  7. Glasier, David S. (2019-06-20). "Indians prospect Will Benson promoted to Lynchburg | Sports". news-herald.com. Retrieved 2021-01-07.
  8. "No. 25 Will Benson, OF: Cleveland Indians top prospects right now". April 5, 2020.
  9. "Akron Beacon Journal".
  10. Bell, Mandy (August 1, 2022). "Swinging hot stick, Benson called up by Guardians". CleGuardians.com.
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