Scouting Blue Jays Prospect #25: Shane Benson

Shane Benson possesses one of the best changeups in the system and despite not having pitched at a full-season club yet, he ranks in the top half of the top 50 because of his young age, sound mechanics and his smartness on the mound.

Vital Statistics:
Name: Shane Benson
Position: Pitcher
DOB: December 15, 1986
Height: 6'4
Weight: 210
Bats: Right
Throws: Right

Pitching the entire season as a 19-year-old, Benson gave it all he had in the NY-Penn League and finished as one of the most reliable starters for Auburn. He had a bit of a rough stretch in early July but he battled through that and finished the season allowing just 6 earned runs over his final 25 1/3 innings.

Although Benson did record an eight-strikeout performance this past season most scouts don't view him as a strikeout pitcher. Instead by proper use of his changeup and fastball, Benson fooled batters and caused them to take bad swings at the ball.

His outstanding mechanics enables him to throw strikes consistently. In 36 1/3 innings this past season he issued just 6 walks.

After being signed out of Australia in 2004, Benson made his professional debut with Pulaski in 2005 and went 6-3 with a 5.52 ERA. His command was still wild which is why he didn't have the success he showed in 2006. In 44 innings he walked 10 batters, but also threw 10 wild pitches.

Benson proved in 2006 that he mastered the short-season leagues and is ready for his new challenge – full season baseball.

Repertoire: Fastball, changeup, slider, curveball

Fastball: Benson is not a hard-thrower by any means. Right now he struggles to even tough 90 MPH. This past season he averaged out at 87MPH, although he has thrown his fastball as high as 89 MPH.

Secondary Pitches: When you talk about an outstanding changeup you don't have to look any further than Shane Benson. The right-handed pitcher possesses one of the best changeups in the entire organization and it's the sole reason he's successful. Benson can sneak by his inability to throw hard because of his deceptive changeup. His mechanics and arm motion are consistent and hitters have a hard time recognizing which pitch is coming to the plate. Benson throws strikes and changes speed and truly is a "pitcher."

Projection: His ability to pitch to both left-handed and right-handed batters, locate the ball, and pitch down in the strike zone sets up his future nicely. Scouts are split on Benson's future role, but we believe he's most likely to end up in the bullpen as he progresses. That could change if he develops a solid third and a decent fourth pitch.

2007 Outlook: Benson has nothing left to prove in short-season ball and he will move up to Lansing in 2007.

ETA: Late 2009-2010: We believe Benson will pitch the entire 2007 season at Low-A and split the 2008 season between High-A and Double-A, which will set up his ETA late in 2009 or the beginning of 2010.

Future Jays Top Stories

\r\n \r\n\r\n \r\nVital Statistics:
\r\n Name: Shane Benson
\r\n Position: Pitcher
\r\n DOB: December 15, 1986
\r\n Height: 6'4
\r\n Weight: 210
\r\n Bats: Right
\r\n Throws: Right

\r\n \r\nPitching the entire season as a 19-year-old, Benson gave it all he had in the NY-Penn League and finished as one of the most reliable starters for Auburn. He had a bit of a rough stretch in early July but he battled through that and finished the season allowing just 6 earned runs over his final 25 1/3 innings.\r\n

\r\n\r\nAlthough Benson did record an eight-strikeout performance this past season most scouts don't view him as a strikeout pitcher. Instead by proper use of his changeup and fastball, Benson fooled batters and caused them to take bad swings at the ball. \r\n

\r\n \r\nHis outstanding mechanics enables him to throw strikes consistently. In 36 1/3 innings this past season he issued just 6 walks. \r\n

\r\n \r\nAfter being signed out of Australia in 2004, Benson made his professional debut with Pulaski in 2005 and went 6-3 with a 5.52 ERA. His command was still wild which is why he didn't have the success he showed in 2006. In 44 innings he walked 10 batters, but also threw 10 wild pitches.\r\n

\r\n \r\nBenson proved in 2006 that he mastered the short-season leagues and is ready for his new challenge – full season baseball.\r\n

\r\n \r\nRepertoire: Fastball, changeup, slider, curveball\r\n

\r\n \r\nFastball: Benson is not a hard-thrower by any means. Right now he struggles to even tough 90 MPH. This past season he averaged out at 87MPH, although he has thrown his fastball as high as 89 MPH. \r\n

\r\n \r\nSecondary Pitches: When you talk about an outstanding changeup you don't have to look any further than Shane Benson. The right-handed pitcher possesses one of the best changeups in the entire organization and it's the sole reason he's successful. Benson can sneak by his inability to throw hard because of his deceptive changeup. His mechanics and arm motion are consistent and hitters have a hard time recognizing which pitch is coming to the plate. Benson throws strikes and changes speed and truly is a \"pitcher.\"\r\n

\r\n \r\nProjection: His ability to pitch to both left-handed and right-handed batters, locate the ball, and pitch down in the strike zone sets up his future nicely. Scouts are split on Benson's future role, but we believe he's most likely to end up in the bullpen as he progresses. That could change if he develops a solid third and a decent fourth pitch.\r\n

\r\n \r\n2007 Outlook: Benson has nothing left to prove in short-season ball and he will move up to Lansing in 2007.\r\n

\r\n \r\nETA: Late 2009-2010: We believe Benson will pitch the entire 2007 season at Low-A and split the 2008 season between High-A and Double-A, which will set up his ETA late in 2009 or the beginning of 2010.\r\n\r\n","mobileBody":" ","skipOnMobile":true,"media":[],"dateOverride":"2007-01-19T04:26:00","authorOverride":"InsideTheDome.com Staff","role":"","isPremium":true,"isHotNews":false,"isRumor":false,"syndicationFlag":true,"isClassified":true,"hotNamesLinked":true,"storyImage":"[MEDIA:331726]","mainImage":{},"thumbnailImage":"[THUMBNAIL:331726]","heroImage":{},"authorImage":"","tags":[],"nodes":["2619583","259","313254"],"isActive":true,"inActiveAndMemberHasPublishRights":false,"createdOn":"2007-01-19T04:27:51.29","createdById":"1111062","modifiedOn":"2014-07-06T00:11:28.113","modifiedBy":"51458","imgs":[],"viewStats":[],"hasVideo":false,"brandUnsafe":false,"breakingNews":false},"editorsChoice":{"siteUrls":[],"networkUrls":["http://www.scout.com/college/florida/story/1787945-gators-are-first-time-national-champs"],"topRibbonWidgets":[],"carouselStoryUrls":[],"storyStreamUrls":[],"videoStories":[{"type":"StorySummary","containerType":"StorySummary","id":"1743455","siteId":"264","isPublicSite":true,"subdomain":"indians","siteFolder":"/mlb/indians","canonicalUrl":"http://www.scout.com/mlb/indians/story/1743455-official-tribe-signs-encarnacion-on-thursday","shortUrl":"http://indians.scout.com/story/1743455-official-tribe-signs-encarnacion-on-thursday","siteName":"Indians Baseball Insider","forumName":"","friendlySubdomain":"Cleveland","title":"Official: Tribe signs Encarnacion on Thursday","subtitle":"","seotitle":"Official: Indians sign Encarnacion to 3-year deal","caption":"Edwin Encarnacion","deck":"A grand gathering took place on Thursday morning to announce the signing of Edwin Encarnacion from Progressive Field's Multipurpose Room. 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