February 16, 2017
Tale of the Tape
Andrew Benintendi vs. Nomar Mazara
This one is fun. Any franchise would love to have either one of these guys, and there’s no wrong answer when picking between 21-year-old Nomar Mazara and 22-year-old Andrew Benintendi. That said, it is time for another rousing rendition of Dynasty Tale of the Tape, and making the tough decisions is what we do. Let’s dive in.
As an advanced college bat, Benintendi was always likely to move through the Boston system with relative ease. He exceeded the expectations of even the most aggressive (and by aggressive, I mean homerific) Red Sox fans, needing only 657 minor league plate appearances before getting the call. His .312 career minor league average was certainly impressive, so much so that he skipped Triple-A en route to Boston.
As a big leaguer, Benintendi picked up where he left off in the minors, hitting .295 (.284 TAv) in his first 118 major league plate appearances. He makes a ton of contact (his 9.6 percent career minor league strikeout rate is just bonkers), and those skills were on display even after his promotion, making contact on 82.8 percent of pitches, nearly five percentage points better than league average. Even if he struggles a bit after the league compiles a book on him, Benintendi should remain a batting average asset.