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Andrew Benintendi tops Keith Law’s top-100 prospect list

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ESPN’s Keith Law has been publishing his annual Top-100 Prospects list this week in installments. Now all 100 are up. Red Sox outfielder  Andrew Benintendi is #1.

Both Benintendi and number two on the list, Braves shortstop Dansby Swanson, are familiar names now. The former would not be eligible for the list anymore if he had not sustained an injury late in the year that kept him from reaching the requisite number of games played. The latter was a single game shy of the mark. This will obviously be their last go-arounds (goes around? I dunno) on the list.

For the other 98 you have to check out Law’s posts. As with his farm system rankings, it’s ESPN Insider only.

Jose Reyes is hitless in 20 plate appearances to start the season

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Mets backup infielder Jose Reyes pinch-hit and popped up in the top of the eighth inning of Thursday night’s game in Atlanta against the Braves. That ran his streak up to 20 consecutive hitless plate appearances to start the 2018 season. He has reached base once, however, on a walk, so there’s that.

Reyes, 34, signed a one-year, $2 million contract with the Mets near the end of January. At the time, the Mets hadn’t yet signed Todd Frazier, so Reyes was in the mix to contribute as a utilityman but he has operated as a bat off the bench for the most part this season.

One wonders how much longer the Mets are going to let Reyes flounder. According to FanGraphs, he has already been worth a half-win less than a replacement-level player. Only eight other players have been as bad or worse this season.