Tuesday August 2nd, 2016

The Boston Red Sox have promoted outfield prospect Andrew Benintendi from Double A Portland, the team announced Monday. 

He will join the team in time for Tuesday’s game against the Seattle Mariners. Benintendi is expected to be in the lineup on Wednesday, according to the Boston Globe.

The Red Sox designated Michael Martinez for assignment to make room on the roster.

The 22-year-old is considered one of the top prospects in the league, and is currently ranked No. 7 overall by MLB.com. He was hitting .295 with eight home runs and 44 RBIs in 63 games with Portland.

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“Our people kept coming up and saying, ‘We think he can play at the big league level and we think he’s ready.’ Now, don’t look for him to hit in the middle of the lineup like he will eventually,” Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski said. “But he’s a well-rounded player, he’s a good defensive player, he runs the bases well, he has a good arm, we’ve been working him out at left field and he's been able to play the wall well in Portland there.”

Benintendi was drafted in the first round of the 2015 MLB draft after winning SEC Player of the Year with Arkansas. 

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