2011Prospect Watching: Rojas, Gravatt, Bencsko
Justin Bencsko — L/L, 6′ 1″, 185 lb
Bencsko (pronounced “Bench – ko” ) was the Pirates’ 20th round pick, coming out of Villanova University. He signed quickly and got right up to State College to begin his pro career. After hitting .356 in his senior year of college, Bencsko struggled at the plate for the Spikes. He hit .200 in June and .158 in just 6 games in July. He has good speed, so when he does get on base, he’s going to be a threat to steal. He could play center field, but might be blocked there by Rojas and possibly Exicardo Cayones. Bencsko’s time in State College was cut short by a hand injury, but he’s back to normal for 2011. He could start either at State College or West Virginia, and that may partially depend on where other players land.