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Infielder Benjamin goes to Rockies in Round 13

Infielder Benjamin goes to Rockies in Round 13

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Infielder Benjamin goes to Rockies in Round 13

The Rockies spent their 13th-round pick on Arizona State third baseman Michael Benjamin, who was one of the Sun Devils' most trusted bats in 2013.

The right-handed Benjamin showed he could hit for power and average, hitting .335, driving in 47 runs and belting eight home runs. He was the lone player in the Pac-12 to rank in the top four in the conference in batting average, slugging percentage, runs, hits and homers.

Though Benjamin says he is a natural shortstop, he primarily played third base for the Sun Devils. However, with limited arm strength, he may be best suited for shortstop or second base in the pros.

An all-region quarterback in high school, he had enough pop in his bat and athleticism for the Rockies to draft him out of high school in the 45th round of the 2010 First-Year Player Draft.

Benjamin's junior season ended Monday when Arizona State lost to Cal State Fullerton in the NCAA Regionals.

Ian McCue is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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