Full name WILL BUCHANAN BENSON...Attended The Westminster Schools in Atlanta, Georgia...Batted .454 (44-97) with 11 doubles, eight home runs, 41 RBI and a 1.380 OPS (.566 OBP/.814 SLG) during his senior year...Named to the 2016 Rawlings Perfect Game All-American First Team after appearing in the 2015 Team USA Baseball Tournament of Stars summer showcase, as well as the Under Armour All-America game in Wrigley Field...Selected to the USA 18-U National Team, which included a trip to the WBSC 18U Baseball World Cup in Nishinomiya, Japan…Was also a standout player on the Westminster basketball team and had signed to play baseball at Duke University before signing with Cleveland... Same high school attended by Gordan Beckham... Favorite Team growing up: Cleveland Cavs...Favorite players growing up: Barry Bonds, Miguel Cabrera, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James... Interests outside of baseball: piano, art, meditation, basketball...Father (Ted) played basketball at Purdue.
Split the season between AA Akron and AAA Columbus, leading the organization in walks and ranking fourth in home runs (17) and runs scored (70)...Also tied for a system-high 6 triples... Combined on the year, he batted .206 (73-for-355) with 18 2B, 6 3B, 17 HR, 51 RBI and 14 SB (.349/.434/.782)... Best month in Akron was July, batting .250 (22-for-88) with 5 2B, 7 HR, 11 RBI and a .911 OPS in 25 games (21 runs)... Was tied for second in the Double-A Northeast League in runs in July... Promoted to AAA Columbus on August 20...At the time of his promotion he was second in the AA NE League in walks (60) and triples (T2nd, 5), third in runs (63) and seventh in on-base percentage (.374)... Spent the remainder of the season with the Clippers... Split time between all three outfield positions, making 31 starts apiece in LF, CF and RF... Was a member of the Minor League Depth Camp during ML Spring Training, appearing in 19 Cactus League exhibition games and homered on March 9 at Texas... Has never been on IL in pro career...Named as best athlete in the system by Baseball America.
Spent season on co-op in Constellation Energy League, appearing in 24 games (also pitched two games).
Led Lake County in home runs (18), 2nd on the team in runs batted in (55), and 3rd in extra-base hits (33)…Named MiLB.com Organizational All-Star.
Voted Best Athlete in Cleveland Farm System by Baseball America entering 2019 season…Named Midwest League Mid-Season All-Star…Led the Midwest League in home runs (22), finished 3rd in walks (82) and tied for 9th in games played (123)…Led Lake County in home runs (22), RBI (58), walks (82), games played (123) and runs (54).
Tied for New York-Penn League lead with 10 home runs...Also led league in HR/AB ratio (1/20.20) and ranked 3rd in RBI (36)…Named Best Athlete in CLE organization entering 2018 by BA.