Few hitters in the Boston Red Sox lineup are more eager to put last season behind them than Andrew Benintendi. While a few of the other young hitters on the club emerged with breakout seasons, Benny was trending in the wrong direction. He’ll have an opportunity for redemption when a new season eventually gets underway and a deeper drive into last year’s production shows some positive signs foreshadowing a bounce-back campaign.
Benintendi’s production fell across the board last season, hitting career lows with a .266 average, .343 OBP, and .774 OPS. After establishing himself as a 20/20 threat as a rookie and nearly replicating the accomplishment the following season, Benintendi tallied only 13 home runs and 10 stolen bases last year.