When the Cleveland Indians drafted Will Benson 14th overall in the 2016 MLB Draft, there was uncertainty -- at least to those on the outside -- that he would sign with the Indians. Benson had already informed the media prior to the draft that he would consider pursuing his education at Duke University, but apparently that did not apply if he was selected by Cleveland.
Benson: "I'm definitely going to sign. I'm definitely going to Cleveland." Told media at Draft he may still pursue education at Duke.— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 10, 2016
Sure, his agent probably just died a little inside, but if Benson's goal was to quickly endear himself to Indians fans, he succeeded, at least for this Indians fan. His gushing over the idea of playing for Cleveland did not stop there, either.
"I'm very thankful that the Indians drafted me, but it doesn't mean anything if I don't impact the people that are in Cleveland." --Benson— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 10, 2016
I think it is safe to say the Indians knew this before making the selection. Benson also said right after he was drafted that he had fun in his workout with the Tribe, so this may have been a selection of character and certainly as much as it was raw talent. Luckily for the Indians, Benson has all three qualities.
Even off the field, the soon-to-be newest member of the Indians wants to make an impact on baseball:
Will Benson wants to make an impact in baseball, and he doesn't just mean on the field: pic.twitter.com/5K1wj8RT6O— Jordan Bastian (@MLBastian) June 10, 2016
The Indians have $2.97 million to use in their No. 14 slot to sign Benson, and it is hard to believe they will not get it done at this point. Go get 'em, Will.