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Will Benson

#16 | CF/LF/RF
Cleveland Guardians Cleveland Guardians
Will Benson
Name: William Buchanan Benson
Born: Jun 16, 1998 in Atlanta, GA
High School: The Westminster Schools, Atlanta
Ht.: 6'5" / Wt.: 225 lbs
Bats: L / Throws: L
Drafted in the 1st round (14th overall) by the Cleveland Guardians in 2016 (signed for $2,500,000)
Benson has arguably the best bat speed in the class, prep or high school. He's a lefthanded hitter with a deep load and a barred lead arm in his swing. Benson showed plus-plus raw power throughout the summer, though his ability to get to his power is still a question due to concerns that some scouts have about his hitting ability. Benson does not consistently use his lower half, forcing him to commit to swinging at pitches early. His bat path can be a bit steep, leading to a tendency to roll over pitches and hit them on the ground with topspin. His measurables are solid, with a strong arm for right field and plus speed in the 60-yard dash, though his aggressive swing can cause him to get out of the box slowly, leading to below-average run times to first base. Benson's 6-foot-5 frame and Atlanta-area roots lead to comparisons to Jason Heyward, but the questions on hitting ability make him a boom-or-bust type of prospect. Benson values his academics and is committed to play at Duke.
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