Griffin Benson (Photo: Bob Haynes – Special to the Star-Telegram)

Position: 1B
Bats: S
Throws: R

DOB: 9/28/97
H/W: 6-5, 210 lbs

Acquired: Drafted 679th overall (round 23) in the 2016 Draft
Current Salary: Minor league contract
Team Control: through 2022 (MiLB) / 6 seasons MLB

Combined WAR: (no MLB debut)

The Outfield Fly Ruling

What can you really know about a 23rd round draft pick from high school who batted 185 times in rookie ball? Not much. Expectations aren’t awfully high for 23rd rounders, so it’s hard to project growth beyond that of an organizational depth player, at least until we see some kind of extended performance. Benson does seem to have some power, but given that he’s already playing 1B, he’ll need more than “some” to carry him to the bigs.

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The OFR Scouting Report

Hit – 20

Power – 40

Baserunning – 45

Defense – 45

20-80 scale, where 20 will prevent you from reaching the bigs, 30 is terrible, 40 is below average, 50 is MLB average, 60 is plus, 70 is plus-plus, and 80 is HOF-level. The OFR Scouting Report is based mostly on statistical forecasting models such as ZiPs, PECOTA, etc. Arrows indicate projected room for growth or decline, with each representing a 5 point movement on the 20-80 scale.


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