LUIS BENITEZ
CENTERFIELDER
Born: December 8, 1993
Height: 5’9″
Weight: 153
Bats: Both
Throws: Right
Signed: Int’l Free Agent, 2011, Pittsburgh Pirates
How Acquired: International Free Agent
Country: Dominican Republic
Agent: N/A

WTM’S PIRATE PLAYER PROFILES

Benitez is a small, speedy outfielder.  Other than working walks, he’s struggled offensively.

2012
DSL:  200/357/210, 100 AB, 1 2B, 24 BB, 21 K, 19-23 SB

Benitez shared the CF duties in the DSL.  Other than drawing walks, he did nothing with the bat.

2013
DSL:  223/331/286, 224 AB, 6 2B, 4 3B, 31 BB, 47 K, 33-43 SB

In his second DSL season, Benitez played center regularly, but improved only marginally at the plate.  His K rate remained very high for a hitter with no power.  He was, however, a prolific base stealer.

2014
R:  252/279/285, 123 AB, 2 3B, 5 BB, 23 K, 12-16 SB

Benitez continued to struggle most of the time at the plate, with no power at all, and his walk rate plummeted.  He played strictly in left.

Benitez hasn’t shown much potential so far.  He’s probably destined to be a lower level organizational player and could appear anywhere in short season ball in 2015.

STATS
Baseball Reference — Minors
Fangraphs
MiLB.com
CONTRACT INFORMATION
2015: Minor League Contract
PLAYER INFORMATION
Signing Bonus: N/A
MiLB Debut: 2012
MLB Debut: N/A
MiLB FA Eligible: 2018
MLB FA Eligible: N/A
Rule 5 Eligible: 2016
Added to 40-Man: N/A
Options Remaining: 3
MLB Service Time: 0.000
TRANSACTIONS
December 11, 2011: Signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates as an international free agent.