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.

Author: Nancy Zinni

Nancy grew up in Rochester, NY, where her father indoctrinated her to the love of baseball as a small child. He taught her to keep score at the age of 5, and she hasn't stopped since. She now lives in the Indianapolis area with her husband and two sons. Nancy has followed the Indians on both the Most Valuable Network and the Bloguin group, before joining Pirates Prospects in 2011. She provides daily game recaps from Indianapolis, plus player analysis from the guys she sees live at the games.

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