Four optimistic Boston Red Sox predictions for 2020 season
By Max Bozicas
Andrew Benintendi (finally) has a breakout year
In order for the Red Sox to be among the top offenses in baseball again, as previously mentioned, Andrew Benintendi will have to pick up some of the slack left from Betts’ impending departure. Benintendi has shown flashes that provided Red Sox fans with hope that he can become an elite player, but he has yet to hone his potential with consistency.
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An exciting rookie year in 2017 was followed up by a solid-if-unspectacular sophomore effort in 2018. Sadly, Benintendi’s play took a dive in 2019 as he put up career-lows in almost every batting category.
To this point in his career, it’s harsh but fair to say that he’s simply an above-average bat in the order who can play solid defense in left field but doesn’t necessarily scare you if your team is facing him.
If that’s all Benintendi is, then he’ll still be in the majors for a while. That being said, he still has a chance to prove that he is more than that. If he does then the young nucleus for the Red Sox gets that much better, which is extremely important for them in what feels like a time of rebuilding.
Benintendi should have motivation to improve following a tough season. Red Sox fans should once again have high expectations for him going into the season. The difference is, this time he will deliver.