Born: July 28, 1995
Height: 6′ 0″
Weight: 205
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 23rd Round, 688th Overall, 2017
How Acquired: Draft
College: Hartford
Agent: N/A


Bengtson put up a 323/401/479 line in 167 at-bats, with five homers, in 2017.  The power numbers were actually down a bit from 2016, when he had a 316/385/540 line in 187 at-bats, with six homers.  He was a full-time shortstop with Hartford, and was the third of four college junior shortstops the Pirates drafted consecutively after the 20th round.  Baseball America rated him as the 43rd best prospect out of New England in a three star class.  Bengtson added some muscle prior to his sophomore year, and went from a speedy top of the order hitter to a guy with some power, who still had speed.  He’s also seen as a good defender, capable of sticking on the left side of the infield, with plenty of arm strength.  His college coach described him as a strong, physical, and “really toolsy” kid.

R+:  257/381/393, 140 AB, 5 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 20 BB, 49 K, 2-4 SB

Bengtson played exclusively at third for Bristol.  He hit respectably, with decent power and good on-base skills, but he struck out a lot.

A-:  207/254/276, 58 AB, 2 2B, 1 3B, 2 BB, 19 K, 1-2 SB
A:  220/266/329, 246 AB, 13 2B, 1 3B, 4 HR, 14 BB, 71 K, 4-5 SB

Bentson opened the season at West Virginia.  Initially he was a corner infield backup, but he ended up as the primary third baseman for a while after Dylan Busby got hurt.  He didn’t hit well, with poor plate discipline, and in mid-August the Pirates sent him down to Morgantown.

Bengtson probably will remain a corner infield backup somewhere in the lower levels, but he’ll miss over a month at the start of the season due to a separated shoulder and partially torn labrum.

2019: Minor league contract
Signing Bonus:
MiLB Debut: 2017
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2023
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: 2020
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
June 14, 2017: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 23rd round, 688th overall pick; signed on June 21.