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Top Will Benson News

  • Reds' Will Benson: Idle against lefty

    Benson isn't in the Reds' lineup for Saturday's matchup against the White Sox.

    Southpaw Garrett Crochet will take the mound for Chicago, forcing the lefty-hitting Benson into the dugout to begin the game. Spencer Steer, Bubba Thompson and Stuart Fairchild will start across the Reds' outfield while Benson rests.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Homers in win

    Benson started at designated hitter and went 2-for-3 with a walk, double, a solo home run, a steal and an additional run scored in Monday's 10-8 win over the Brewers.

    Benson was originally listed as the starter in right field but was shifted to DH after Jonathan India (leg) was injured during pregame warmups. Benson entered the contest mired in a 2-for-20 (10 strikeouts) slump. Both the homer and steal were Benson's second to go along with six RBI through 10 games.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Heads to bench Sunday

    Benson is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Mets.

    Benson started the first eight games of the season but will take a seat Sunday while mired in a 2-for-19 slump. Bubba Thompson will start in center field and bat ninth in the series finale versus New York.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Swipes bag in win

    Benson started in right field and went 0-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Monday's 6-3 extra-inning win over the Phillies.

    Benson stole his first base of the season after logging 19 thefts in 2023. Monday's start was notable in that the lefty-hitting Benson has been in the lineup for both games when the Reds have faced a southpaw. He batted .146 with a .400 OPS over 44 plate appearances against left-handers in 2023, but it appears the Reds are trying to make him an everyday player in 2024. Other than Monday's walk, Benson struck out three times and is 1-for-4 against left-handers thus far. He's fanned seven times overall in 17 plate appearances.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: In lineup versus left-hander

    Benson will start in right field and bat ninth in Monday's game versus the Phillies.

    The Reds have faced two lefties in the early going and Benson has been the only left-handed batter in the lineup for both of those games. He's been down in the No. 9 spot for both of those tilts, but it's a positive sign that Cincinnati is viewing him as an everyday player, at least while the club contends with some injuries.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Belts game-tying homer

    Benson went 3-for-5 with a double, home run and three RBI in Sunday's victory over the Nationals.

    Benson took Nationals closer Kyle Finnegan deep in the ninth inning with a two-run homer to tie the game. He also notched his third double of the season earlier in the game. Benson has started hot out of the gate for the Reds, garnering three straight starts and going 5-for-12 with four extra-base hits. He should maintain a regular lineup spot so long as TJ Friedl (wrist) is out.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Batting second Opening Day

    Benson will start in center field and bat second in Thursday's season opener against the Nationals.

    Manager David Bell indicated previously that Elly De La Cruz could be in the two hole at the beginning of the season, but it will be Benson there while De La Cruz is down in the six spot. Bell's lineups could be fluid, but if Benson sticks in the second spot against righties it would be a nice boost to his fantasy outlook.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Starts in center field

    Benson started in center field and went 1-for-3 with a walk and a run scored in Saturday's spring game against Colorado.

    Benson's served as the starting center fielder in four of his last six Cactus League outings. The lefty swinger and right-handed batting Stuart Fairchild have rotated there since TJ Friedl sustained a broken wrist. Those two are expected to share center field while Friedl recovers, but it's uncertain if it will be a strict platoon.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Could see more center field action

    With TJ Friedl out with a fractured wrist, Benson could get more starts in center field, along with Stuart Fairchild, Charlie Goldsmith of The Cincinnati Enquirer reports.

    Benson and teammate Jake Fraley both should get more playing time not only because of Friedl's injury, but also because of Noelvi Marte's suspension, which presumably frees the DH spot up for either one of them or Jonathan India. Friedl will be sidelined for a minimum of 3-to-4 weeks, after which his wrist will be re-evaluated.

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  • Reds' Will Benson: Looking to bat against lefties

    Benson went 1-for-3 with an RBI-double in Sunday's spring game against the Royals.

    Benson collected his first hit off a left-hander this spring, which has been an area of focus for the lefty-swinging outfielder, per Mark Sheldon of "I requested that when I first showed up at spring training," Benson said. "If I'm going to be the best player that I know I can possibly be, I need to be playing regardless of who is on that mound." During a strong 2023 season, Benson was often rested against southpaws. In 44 plate appearances, he batted .146 with 14 strikeouts.

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Player Bio

HT/WT: 6-5, 230 lbs
Birthplace: Atlanta, GA
Age: 25
Experience: 1
Bats/Throws: L, L