Collecting Cleveland Indians Since 1982

Collecting Cleveland Indians Topps team sets from 1952-present, as well as post-war minor and major league autographs.

New Arrival: Will Benson, of, Cleveland Indians

I was not really thrilled when the Indians drafted Benson, since some scouts questioned his hitting tool and he would be a project. I am risk averse.

But…I guess that is silly. If the Indians would have taken a polished college bat I would have been complaining about how we have another Tyler Nanquin or Trevor Crowe…so what do I know. With risk comes reward. So Benson. Good pick.

He did not have a bad season in Low-A. He hit .238/.347/.475 with 10 HR. He struck out a lot–80 times–but he also peppered in 30 walks, so that is good. His numbers are even better when you factor in that he was doing it as a 19-year-old and two years young than the league average.

Lake County should have a fun team in 2018, with both Benson and Nolan Jones in the middle of the line-up.

I snagged this card for $7. Not bad.

Register Batting
Year Age AgeDif Tm Lg Lev G AB HR RBI SB CS BB SO BA OBP SLG OPS
2016 18 -1.8 Indians ARIZ Rk 44 158 6 27 10 2 22 60 .209 .321 .424 .745
2017 19 -2.0 Mahoning Valley NYPL A- 56 202 10 36 7 1 31 80 .238 .347 .475 .823
All All All All 100 360 16 63 17 3 53 140 .225 .336 .453 .788
Provided by Baseball-Reference.com: View Original Table
Generated 9/24/2017.