LUIS BENITEZ, CENTER FIELDER
|Born: December 8, 1993
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES
|Benitez is a small, speedy outfielder. Other than working walks, he’s struggled offensively.
Benitez shared the CF duties in the DSL. Other than drawing walks, he did nothing with the bat.
In his second DSL season, Benitez played center regularly, but improved only marginally at the plate. His K rate remained very high for a hitter with no power. He was, however, a prolific base stealer.
Benitez continued to struggle most of the time at the plate, with no power at all, and his walk rate plummeted. He played strictly in left.
The Pirates sent Benitez back to the GCL, where he got limited time at all three outfield positions. He regressed offensively.
Benitez went back to the GCL for a third season and made some progress at the plate. He played all three outfield positions, but primarily left in deference to Yondry Contreras.
The Pirates sent Benitez to Bristol, where he played in the outfield corners. He showed some speed, but didn’t hit much and had a dismal BB:K ratio.
Benitez is just a year away from free agency. If he’s back in 2018, it’s likely to be at Bristol.
|2018: Minor League Contract|
|Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
|December 11, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.