2017 draft pick Benson jumps 3 levels in 2018
One season removed from his monster 2017 season in which he led the PBC with 22 home runs and 79 RBI, Brandon Benson has moved up three levels within the St. Louis Cardinals organization.
Benson began the year in Rookie ball before moving up to Class-A short-season on July 11. The Cardinals moved him up another level to Class-A Peoria on July 29.
“I would say the level of play is a little better,” Benson said about the difference between Minor League and college baseball.
Benson has also been adjusting to another change in the Minors. The Cardinals, who drafted Benson in the 20th round in 2017, changed his position right from the start.
“I played in field since I was probably in early grade school, and they drafted me as an out elder, so that was a big change,” Benson said.
In 51 games in 2017, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound Benson batted .256 with four home runs, nine doubles and 30 RBI.
Over two years in the Minors, the 22-year-old Benson is hitting .231 with 16 doubles, eight homers and 48 RBI in 108 games.
Benson’s 2018 season with Peoria will come to a close on Sept. 7 against the Quad Cities River Bandits.