MATT BENEDICT
RIGHT HANDED PITCHER
Born: February 3, 1989
Height: 6’5″
Weight: 200
Bats: Right
Throws: Right
Drafted: 30th Round, 902nd Overall, 2011
How Acquired: Draft
College: Western Carolina University
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Despite the very different ERAs and W/L records, Bendict’s junior and senior years were very similar.  Baseball America rated him the 42nd best prospect in North Carolina and also stated that he was throwing 89-92 in instructionals, with an average curve and a change with some potential.  As a senior, he signed quickly, as expected.

2011
A-:  5-3-0, 3.79 ERA. 1.29 WHIP, 71.1 IP, 1.9 BB/9, 4.9 K/9

Posted solid numbers at State College, except for a very low K rate.  He succeeded by allowing just one HR and 15 walks.  He did better against left-handed than right-handed batters; the former hit .233 against him, the latter .303.

2012
A:  4-4-0, 3.42 ERA, 1.25 WHIP, 76.1 IP, 2.7 BB/9, 5.2 K/9
A+:  0-8-0, 8.08 ERA, 1.78 WHIP, 49.0 IP, 4.8 BB/9, 4.0 K/9

Benedict opened 2012 in the rotation at West Virginia and in the early going was nearly the only pitcher on the staff getting anybody out.  He pitched well for the Power, albeit with a low K rate, until late June, when the Pirates moved him up to Bradenton.  The move didn’t work out at all, as Benedict got torched in nearly every start.  The Pirates nevertheless stuck with him until August, when he moved to the bullpen for five appearances.  His numbers with the Marauders were bad across the board, as opponents hit .326 against him and he walked more than he struck out.

2013
A+:  3-9-5, 4.17 ERA, 1.54 WHIP, 86.1 IP, 2.5 BB/9, 5.0 K/9

Benedict opened the season back in the Bradenton rotation and continued to struggle.  The Pirates moved him to relief in early May and he continued to struggle until about mid-season, when he started pitching better.  As a starter, in nine games, he went 0-6, 4.98, and opponents hit .349 against him.  As a reliever, he went 3-3-5, 3.35, and opponents hit .265 against him.  His K rate, which was extremely low as a starter, improved in relief, but was still low.

2014
A+:  0-0-1, 1.69 ERA, 1.13 WHIP, 10.2 IP, 1.7 BB/9, 3.4 K/9
AA:  0-5-0, 5.77 ERA, 1.64 WHIP, 53.0 IP, 4.2 BB/9, 5.9 K/9

The Pirates moved Benedict up to Altoona, where he pitched in relief.  He put up poor numbers across the board and was a prime culprit in a year-long Curve habit of blowing late-inning leads.  The Pirates sent Benedict down to Bradenton in early July, but brought him back up late in the month.  He did pitch much better after returning to AA.

The Pirates seem to like Benedict more than the results warrant, although it’s unlikely they see him as more than an organizational pitcher.  He’s eligible for the Rule 5 draft, but obviously isn’t a candidate to be added to the roster.  He’ll probably return to Altoona in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference–Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
NCAA
W-L-Sv
G
GS
IP
H
HR
BB
K
WHIP
OAVG
ERA
2008 0-1-0 9 2 16.1 22 1 11 14 2.02 .319 5.51
2009 0-1-0 17 3 24.0 40 6 15 24 2.29 .367 12.00
2010 9-2-0 18 13 92.2 104 6 33 66 1.48 .293 3.11
2011 2-4-0 14 13 85.1 96 7 34 70 1.52 .290 4.01
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor league contract.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut:
MiLB FA Eligible: 2017
MLB FA Eligible:
Rule 5 Eligible: Eligible
Added to 40-Man:
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
June 7, 2011: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the round, overall pick; signed on June 13, 2011.