• Full name Ricky James Benton
  • Born 06/18/1998 in Wilmington, NC
  • Profile Ht.: 6'4" / Wt.: 215 / Bats: R / Throws: R
  • School East Carolina
  • Drafted in the 15th round (460th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2019 (signed for $100,000).
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    A 6-foot-4, 209-pound righthander, Benton began his career as a starter for the Pirates, but as a sophomore and junior he has split time between starting and relieving. After posting a 3.13 ERA with 68 strikeouts and 13 walks in 69 innings in 2018, Benton was off to another solid campaign this spring. He’d recorded a 4.01 ERA and a career-best strikeout rate of more than 10 batters per nine innings through 24.2 innings before a season-ending arm surgery ended his junior year in late May. When healthy, Benton has a three-pitch mix, headlined by a fastball in the 89-94 mph range that’s been up to 95 mph. His slider has improved since last summer in the Cape Cod League, where he posted a 2.01 ERA over 22.1 innings, and he also throws a solid changeup.

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  • RHP Trey Benton and assigned to Akron RubberDucks from Lake County Captains.

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