Starting in the 21st round of the 2017 draft, the Pittsburgh Pirates went on a run of selecting college shortstops. After taking Brett Pope and Robbie Glendinning, they used their 23rd round pick on Ben Bengtson out of the University of Hartford. They would go on to select Nick Valaika in the 24th round for their fourth straight shortstop. As it turned out, Bengtson was the only one of the four not to see time at shortstop. He spent his time at third base and easily put up the best offensive stats of the quartet.
Bengtson, who said that his often misspelled name is Swedish and pronounced "Bank-t-son", was a three-year starter at Hartford and almost all of his playing time was at shortstop. That's the position he grew up playing. His move to third base in the pros came about because he k...
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