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Michael Benjamin
Player Profile:
Michael Benjamin 1262935
Position: Infield
Weight: 200
Year: Junior
Hometown: Queen Creek, Ariz.
High School: Basha
Experience: 3 Letters

Legacy Devils: Michael's father Mike was an All-American infielder for the Sun Devils in 1986 and 1987. He was a third round pick of the San Francisco Giants and went to a 13-year big league career. He is currently in his third season as an assistant coach for Arizona State baseball...Michael was one of four Legacy Devils on the 2013 team, along with Trever Allen, Tucker Esmay and David Graybill, and Emilio Torrez is the younger brother of Raoul and Riccio...also one of four Legacy Devils on the 2012 team along with Allen, Esmay and Jake Wakamatsu.

MLB Draft: Selected in the 13th round (379th overall) by the Colorado Rockies in the 2013 MLB Draft...was a 45th round pick (1,370th overall) choice of the Colorado Rockies in the 2010 MLB Draft.

2013 (Junior): Started 59 games at third base...earned Third Team Louisville Slugger All-America honors and First Team All-Pac-12 honors…paced the team offensively as he finished first in the conference in total bases (135), second in hits (83) and third in slugging percentage (.544)…became the first Devil since Jason Kipnis in 2009 to lead the team in batting average, slugging percentage, hits and total bases…earned Pac-12 Player of the Week honors (5/20) after batting .526 (10-for-19) with seven RBI, three doubles, a home run and three runs scored in four games...put together three separate double-digit hitting streaks, including a team-high 16-game streak to begin the season...also had two 13-game streak in the middle of the year…had eight home runs on the year...recorded a season-high four hits against Texas Tech May 15...collected three RBI in four games, including two Pac-12 contests and a Regional game against Columbia...recorded a season-high seven total bases May 4 against Stanford...two-time Scholar Baller honoree (Spring '13, Fall '12).

2012 (Sophomore): Third on the team with a .322 batting average and second in on base percentage at .408...started 35 games at third base...collected a team and season-high, and a career best, five hits vs. Winthrop on March 3...recorded nine multi-hit games...his bat came alive in the final 16 games of the season, hitting .382 with 21 hits, 11 RBI, two home runs and 11 runs scored...collected a career-high five RBI en route to a 4-for-5 day with a three-run home run and a trio of singles in a win over Gonzaga May 11...finished the Gonzaga series with six hits in 11 at-bats, five RBI, two runs scored, a home run and two walks...had four RBI in a win over Western Michigan Feb. 18...hit by 12 pitches.

2011 (Freshman): Appeared in 12 games, making five starts...hit .182 (4-22) with a homer and three RBI...his first career hit was a memorable one, as it was a home run against BYU.

High School:
A 2010 graduate of Basha High School...earned three varsity letters in both football and baseball...earned honorable mention All-Region honors as a sophomore, Second Team honors as a junior and First Team as a senior...was also a First Team All-Region quarterback and Second Team All-State QB as well as team MVP.

Personal: Majoring in psychology...parents are Mike and Karen Benjamin of Queen Creek, Arizona...played in the 2003 Little League World Series for the Chandler All-Stars...his father was a coach on that team...would choose to have dinner with Babe Ruth, Tim Tebow, Sheriff Joe Arpaio and John McCain...chose ASU because "I was raised a Devil and I've always wanted to play here"...lists the Boston Red Sox as his favorite team...born March 18, 1992...full name is Michael Paul Benjamin.

2011 .182 12 5 22 7 4 1 0 1 3 .364 2 0 4 0 .240 0 0 3 15 1 .947
2012 .322 38 35 121 22 39 3 1 3 22 .438 7 12 21 1 .408 5 7 23 72 12 .888
2013 .335 59 59 248 53 83 20 4 8 47 .544 10 5 54 5 .364 4 9 53 111 17 .906
Total .322 109 99 391 82 126 24 5 12 72 .501 19 17 79 6 .372 9 16 79 198 30 .902

Career Highs at Arizona State:

Hits 5 vs Winthrop, 3/3/12
RBI 5 at Gonzaga, 5/12/12
Runs 3 many, last at Cal, 5/12/13
Walks 2 many, last at Oregon State, 3/24/13
At Bats 6 many, last vs Stanford, 5/4/13
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