Sometime in the next four weeks, Andrew Benintende will be packing his bags. It’s just a matter of where the Kansas City Royals player will be shipped before the August 2 trading deadline.
28-year-old Benintendi is the most recognizable name in the mall, and for good reason. He has a career high of 0.319 this season, the fourth best in the majors. He is also in third place in the American League with 96 strikes.
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So what makes Benintendi so good? Consider what his Kansas City Star teammates had to say:
“When he goes off track a little bit, he makes good game tweaks, but also from game to game,” the Royals Director Mike Matheny He said. “If one day he’s not hitting anything hard, he’ll look around. He’ll take what they give him. He’s just one of those hitters who doesn’t try to fall into any one style. You can’t show it one way. He’s always thinking.”
“It was fun to watch this year,” the first policeman of the Royals Hunter Dozer Benintende said. “We joke that he’s just a walk and they hit every game. I think he walked twice today and knocked twice. It’s just what he’s been doing every day. I’m happy for him. It’s great to see his success.”
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Benintende, who lost 2-4 in Thursday’s 5-2 loss to the Houston Astros, said things are just starting to turn out this season.
“Finally, I think I am putting together everything I have learned in the past few years,” Benintende said. “I learned a lot in the past year and have included that in my swing this year. I am using my legs much better this year than ever before.”
In addition to ripping through the board, Benintendi won a Gold Glove last season. He finished second in the MLS Rookie of the Year in 2017 (to New York Yankees team Aaron Judge) and helped the Boston Red Sox win the 2018 World Series. According to Spotrac, Benintende will be a free agent after the season.
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