Meet Red Sox' three new additions from Benintendi trade


The Andrew Benintendi trade is officially complete.

When the Boston Red Sox sent Benintendi to the Royals in February, the three-team deal netted them not only outfielder Franchy Cordero and pitcher Josh Winckowski but also three players to be named later: two from Kansas City and one from the New York Mets.

On Friday, those players were named. The Red Sox have acquired minor league right-handers Luis De La Rosa and Grant Gambrell from the Royals and minor league outfielder Freddy Valdez from the Mets.

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Here's a bit more info on each player:

Luis De La Rosa

An 18-year-old Dominican Republic native, De La Rosa signed with the Royals in 2018 and showed promise in 2019, posting a 2.33 ERA and 0.905 WHIP with 52 strikeouts over 38.2 innings in the Dominican Summer League.

De La Rosa was unranked in Kansas City's farm system but is young and boasts plenty of upside with a fastball that was in the low 90s as of 2019, per Baseball America.

Grant Gambrell

The oldest of the trio at age 23, Gambrell joined the Royals in 2019 as their third-round MLB Draft pick out of Oregon State.

The California native sported a 4.37 ERA and 1.015 WHIP with 18 strikeouts in 22.2 innings this season for Kansas City's High-A affiliate and relies on three pitches: a fastball that tops out in the mid-90s, a slider and a changeup.

Freddy Valdez

Valdez might be the most intriguing prospect of the bunch. The 19-year-old Dominican Republic product was the Mets' Dominican Summer League Player of the Year in 2019 after slashing .268/.358/.448 with five home runs and 36 RBIs in 57 games. He also drove in three runs in three games for New York's Gulf Coast League affiliate.

Valdez was the 14th-ranked prospect in the Mets' system and has "above-average hand speed that can result in some impressive exit velocities when he makes a solid connection," according to MLB Pipeline, which has him ranked 21st in the Red Sox' system.

None of these players are expected to make an immediate impact in Boston's organization, but all three have upside and could help tip the scales of the Benintendi deal if they can reach the big-league level.

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