Padres Draft Interview: Griffin Benedict

Griffin Benedict, son of Bruce Benedict - a major leaguer who played with the Atlanta Braves from 1978 to 1989 - was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 16th round. caught up with Benedict to discuss his bloodlines, his ability as a catcher, and what his strengths, among other topics.

Griffin Benedict finished his final season with Georgia Southern by amassing a team lead hitting 14 home runs. He hit three homers and finished 6-for-9 at the plate at the NCAA Fullerton Regional, ending the season with a .412 batting average – tied for seventh-best in a season. He hit two doubles, scored five runs and drove in four in the two games.

The First Team All-Southern Conference pick hit 17 doubles, scored 67 runs and drove in 65. He set the Georgia Southern single season record with 24 hit by pitches and finished his career second all-time with 53. Benedict also walked (34) more times than he struck out on the year (31) in 221 at-bats. He finished 8-for-8 in stolen bases and posted a .988 fielding percentage.

Among the national leaders, Benedict currently stands 35th in batting average, fourth in hit by pitches, seventh in on-base percentage (.528), 59th in RBI and 84th in slugging percentage (.679). Earlier this year he tied a NCAA single-game record hitting two home runs during the same inning in a 14-4 win over #20 East Carolina.

He played in 225 career games as an Eagle, tying for 10th place on that all-time list. Benedict also finished his career ranked sixth in runs (192) and tied for sixth in RBI (195). He posted a .342 all-time batting average with 53 doubles (tied 7th) and 33 home runs. Benedict was one of two players in program history to record 60 runs scored/60 RBI in two consecutive years.

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