07/17/2018 - Baseball Factory National World Series at Pirate City - Session 1 (Ages 12-14)
Benjamin continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a promising future on the diamond. At the plate, power potential has improved through a squared setup. Hands are quick (85 mph exit velocity) and work through a level swing path. He shows a feel for the barrel and makes consistent hard contact, flashing gap-to-gap pop. At the event, he was 2 for 6 with a 2B and 3 BB as he displays good plate discipline. At 1B, he displays smooth/fluid actions. He works to square balls up and makes the routine plays. He displays proper footwork around the bag and he is a quality receiver. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 69-70 mph. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. He maintains arm speed on his changeup but needs to develop more movement on the pitch. Getting on a long toss program will help to increase arm strength which will aid in his development on the mound. Mental makeup is a plus as he has a positive attitude, works hard, and is very coachable.
12/27/2017 - Baseball Factory Winter Classic - Session 2 (Ages 12-14)
Benjamin showed on the mound and at 1B in Florida for the Baseball Factory Winter Classic. He continues to show improvements in his baseball abilities and has a bright future on the diamond. At the plate, hitting/power potential has improved through a tall/squared setup. Hands are quick and work through a level swing path. He shows a feel for the barrel and has some strength in his swing with power showing best to the pull side. Power will continue to improve as he utilizes his lower half more efficiently. At the event, he was 1 for 2 with 6 BB as he displays a patient approach and strong recognition of the strike zone. At 1B, he displays smooth actions. Feet are active as he works to square balls up. Glove action is clean but will benefit by presenting hands more out front. Range will increase as he improves foot quickness. On the mound, fastball showed a range of 62-68 mph with sinking action. Breaking ball displays 11/5 shape with gradual break. Control is a plus as he attacks hitters and throws strikes with all his pitches. Stock on the mound will continue to rise as he builds more arm strength through a long toss program. Mental makeup is a plus as he is very coachable and plays the game hard.
11/12/2017 - Interactive Video Program - Midland, TX
Benjamin is a RHP/C with a big frame. Defensively behind the plate, he shows a quiet setup and presents his glove. He gets rid of the ball with a clean exchange and makes on-line throws down to 2B. On the mound, this RHP gathers over the rubber with a 2-pitch mix. He delivers a FB with good run and a CB with a 10-4 shape. He works in line and finishes square towards home plate. As a hitter, Benjamin displays an athletic setup and gets back into a solid load. He takes aggressive hacks through the zone and looks to drive pitches back up through the middle of the field. Overall abilities in his game will improve with work on the following.
1. Quick footwork
2. Develop soft hands
3. Arm strength (long toss)
1. Lower 1/2 drive off rubber
2. Stay on top with CB
3. Finish with extension
1. Develop rhythm
2. Lower 1/2 drive
3. Level out swing path