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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Nate Benson helped HS as pitcher, hitter, saw 3 pro seasons

Nate Benson 1990 Kingsport Mets card

Nate Benson helped his Leo High School team both on the mound and at the plate in this April 1987 game, The Chicago Tribune wrote.

He knocked a two-run single in the seventh and then pitched the final two innings without giving up a run to record the save, The Tribune wrote.

Benson went on from Leo to play professionally as a pitcher. He played three seasons. He never made AA.

Benson's professional career began in 1988, taken by the Mets in the 50th round of the draft out of Leo.

Benson first hit the field for the Mets in 1989, playing in the rookie Gulf Coast League. He got into 15 games, starting five. He turned in a 2.91 ERA and a 2-3 record.

He moved to rookie Kingsport for 1990, getting  into 13 games there and starting 10. He went 6-4, with a 338 ERA.

Benson's final season came in 1991 at single-A Columbia, going two scoreless in a May win. Overall, he went 3-2, with a 228 ERA, ending his career.
Nate Benson 1990 Kingsport Mets card

1990 Minor League Tally
Players/Coaches Featured: 2,571
Made the Majors:1,020-39.7%
Never Made Majors:1,551-60.3%-X
5+ Seasons in the Majors: 424
10+ Seasons in the Minors:261

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