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Godwin Bennett is built like a brick house. Unfortunately in his first year Stateside, he lost some of his DSL momentum.
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South Side Sox Top Prospect No. 85: Godwin Bennett

Understandably, the adjustment Stateside was a lot to bear

Godwin Bennett

Right Fielder
170 pounds (officially, but there is no chance he’s still 170)
Age: 21
2022 SSS Top Prospect Ranking 74
2023 SSS Top Prospect Ranking 47
2023 High Level ACL (Rookie)
Age relative to high level +0.2 years
SSS rank among all right fielders in the system 3
Overall 2023 season stats 25 games ⚾️ 2 HR ⚾️ 12 RBI ⚾️ .244/.358/.372 ⚾️ 11-of-12 (91.7%) SB ⚾️ 13 BB ⚾️ 26 K

Upon signing in 2021, not much was known about this young Nicaraguan. But Godwin Bennett has produced the best seasons of any right fielder who finished the season in the White Sox rookie leagues, for two years running.

Signing after 2021’s International Signing Day on March 25, he actually got off to a fairly slow start. However, once the calendar turned to September, he slashed .298/.443/.574 with two homers and seven stolen bases. For the year, Bennett slashed .235/.337/.441 in 33 games with two doubles, three triples, four homers, 15 RBIs, nine stolen bases, 18 walks (17.0%), 35 strikeouts (33.0%) and 135 wRC+.

Despite aging out of legit DSL competition and having had a strong finish, Bennett was returned to the Dominican Republic for 2022, and mashed hell out of the ball. Still just 1.3 years older than his average foe, Bennett wreaked havoc on opponents, flashing signs of five tools.

However a move to the ACL for 2023 did not see Bennett continue as a Top 50-and-rising prospect. While he acquitted himself OK overall (particularly as a savvy basestealer, swiping 11 of 12), his small-sample numbers looked pedestrian.

Bennett’s Baseball Cube player ratings
Speed 84 (+7 from last season)
Power 80 (-16)
RBIs 78 (-9)
XBH 70 (-20)
Hitting 62 (-6)
Runs 58 (-24)
Durability 57 (-6)
Contact 25 (+4)
Team Winning Percentage .441

Bennett’s K numbers of one per game aren’t so worrying as to prevent a move to full-season ball with Kannapolis right away in 2024. Whether he’s sent there or stews a bit longer in Arizona next summer will say a lot about the organization’s hopes for him.

2024 South Side Sox Top 100 White Sox Prospects

85. Godwin Bennett, RF
86. Rikuu Nishida, LF
87. Caden Connor, LF
88. Zach Franklin, RHRP
89. Jeremy González, LHSP
90. Jerry Burke, RHRP
91. Frankeli Arias, LHSP
92. Mikey Kane, 3B
93. Carlton Perkins, RHSP
94. Tyler Neslony, LF
95. Drew Dalquist, RHSP
96. Jason Matthews, SS
97. Jonathan Stiever, RHSP
98. Tommy Sommer, LHSP
99. Daniel González, LHRP
100. Elier Gil, C

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