Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Round 7: Robert Benincasa, RHP, Florida State

(Bob Thomas/Seminoles.com)
Florida State Bio

Sean's one sentence analysis:
The Florida State righty put up beastly numbers to go with solid stuff and could make his way to the DC bullpen in a few years.

Pre-draft rankings:
#216 in Baseball America's top 500

Other news and notes:
His 15 save junior season for Florida State, which included a 1.35 ERA, 56 K and only 7 BB in 40 innings, earned him a spot on Baseball America's first team All-American list. Benincasa was even more of a beast in ACC play, throwing 19 innings of 0.47 ERA ball with 31 strikeouts and 4 walks.

"He’s put up tremendous numbers this year. He goes 90-92 with a sinker and uses the slider as an out pitch. He’s a strike thrower with good command and good feel. He should progress quickly through the system." - Nationals scouting director Kris Kline

"He made seven starts the previous two seasons and has a solid 6-foot-2, 195-pound frame and clean arm action that could return him to a starting role as a pro. He has mixed in a solid-average split-changeup but generally pitches off his 90-92 mph fastball, which regularly hits 93-94 and has good sink, and his slider, an above-average pitch with late action and decent depth." - Baseball America

"Benincasa has the best arm on the (Florida State) staff, with a 90-94 mph fastball with good sink and an above-average slider, helping the 'Noles go 36-1 when leading after seven innings." - Aaron Fitt, Baseball America, 6/1/12

Eduardo Encina of the Tampa Bay Times wrote a great article about Benincasa being drafted out of high school in 2009.

According to Baseball America, Benincasa signed with the Nationals for $145,000, which is $300 under the slotted amount for the 234th overall pick.

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