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DraftNasty Throwback: Boston Red Sox OF Andrew Benintendi

While at Arkansas, Benintendi -or in some circles known as “Benny”- became the first SEC player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in one season. The former Madeira High School (Ohio) and Ohio Gatorade Player of the Year also batted .380 for the Razorbacks in a historic sophomore campaign. In 2015, he won the Dick Howser Trophy and was named the SEC Player of the Year. Benintendi went on to become the seventh overall pick in the 2015 MLB Draft and quickly earned his keep in the major leagues.

Benintendi became the first SEC player to hit 20 home runs and steal 20 bases in the same season (2015).
Benintendi was also featured on the cover of DraftNasty’s 2015 fall edition.

Philadelphia Phillies 2020 MLB Draft, 3rd Round, 87th overall: Casey Martin IF-Arkansas

While many scouts considered Martin capable of playing multiple positions at the next level, the back-to-back second-team All-SEC performer did not get taken until the third round of the 2020 MLB Draft by the Philadelphia Phillies. Martin’s productivity was satisfactory through 15 games in 2020, but his overall career numbers (.311 BA, .545 slugging pct., 30 HR, 112 RBI) reveal his true value. In addition, he set an Arkansas freshman single-season record with 87 hits while playing the hot corner for the Razorbacks. During the 2018 College World Series, the Freshman All-SEC performer finished with a .357 batting average. This came months after earning 2017 Arkansas Gatorade Player of the Year honors at Lonoke HS (Ark.).

Martin (No. 15 pictured) -a two-time All-SEC selection- scored 118 runs during his Razorbacks career.