Andy Benes

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Andrew Charles Benes

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Biographical Information[edit]

Andy Benes was the first overall selection in the 1988 amateur draft. He is the brother of Alan Benes and Adam Benes, who never made the major leagues. His son, Drew Benes, was drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 47th round of the 2007 amateur draft.

Andy pitched for Team USA in the 1988 Baseball World Cup. He was 2-1 with a 3.92 ERA and struck out 22 in 20 2/3 IP - but also walked 14 and allowed four home runs. He tied Charles Nagy, Yi-Hsin Chen and Rheal Cormier for 4th in the tournament in strikeouts. In the final game, he took the loss against Cuba, allowing three singles and a walk while only retiring one batter (on a sacrifice bunt). It was the closest Team USA would come to beating a Cuban team in the finals of the Baseball World Cup from the late 1960s through the early part of the 21st Century.

He threw a sinking fastball and a slider.

Notable Achievements[edit]

  • 1989 Pitcher of the Year Texas League Wichita Wranglers
  • NL All-Star (1993)
  • NL Strikeouts Leader (1994)
  • 15 Wins Seasons: 3 (1991, 1993 & 1996)
  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 5 (1991-1993, 1996 & 1998)

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