A continuing look at the Rangers 40-man roster.
One of a steady parade of rookies to play his first major league game in 2020, the twenty-seven-year-old left-hander showed some promise out of the bullpen, even getting one start in his eight appearances.
Benjamin was drafted out of high school in the 48th round of the 2011 draft by the New York Yankees, chose to go to the University of Kansas, and was selected in the fifth round in 2014 by the Rangers.
In five minor league seasons, he had an unimpressive ERA of 4.26 and WHIP of 1.364 (giving up too many hits) mostly as a starter. According to Brooks Baseball, Benjamin’s four-seam fastball sits at 91, without a ton of movement. His slider generates fewer strikeouts than normal. And his curve, while it generated more swings and misses, also has a higher fly ball rate than average.
Benjamin will get a cursory look as a starter in spring but, depending on the state of Rangers pitching overall, will end up in the bullpen if he ends up anywhere in the major leagues.