FAYETTEVILLE, Ark. (Univ. of Ark.) - Incoming Arkansas freshman Andrew Benintendi has been named the national high school player of the year by the American Baseball Coaches Association.
"It's pretty humbling," Benintendi told the Cincinnati Enquirer. "There are a lot of good players out there. To get this, it's pretty exciting. All the hard work has paid off."
Benintendi, who played his high school baseball at Madeira High School in Cincinnati, Ohio, was also named the Gatorade Ohio Baseball Player of the Year. He finished his senior season with a .564 batting average, 12 home runs, 57 RBI, 63 runs scored and 38 stolen bases. Benintendi was drafted in the 31st round of the 2013 MLB Draft by the Cincinnati Reds.
Benintendi, who earned all-state honors three times in his high school career, hit .542 over his four seasons at Madiera High School. He finished his career with 213 hits, which ranks as the second most career hits in state history.