Sept. 17, 2012
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. - Former Florida State All-American Robert Benincasa was named a 2012 Minor League Classification All-Star by Baseball America.
Benincasa, who was selected in the seventh round by the Washington Nationals in the 2012 MLB First Year Player Draft, pitched for the Auburn Doubledays in Washington's Class A Short-Season New York-Penn League. The Tampa, Fla., native went 2-0 with three saves, while posting a 3.09 ERA in 16 appearances in his first professional season. The hard throwing right hander finished the season with a strikeout to walk ratio of 10.7 as he registered 32 strikeouts to just three walks.
As a junior at Florida State, Benincasa emerged as one of college baseball's top closers in 2012 and for his efforts was recognized as a finalist for the NCBWA Stopper of the Year, a first team All-American by Baseball America, NCBWA and Perfect Game and a third team All-American by Louisville Slugger/Collegiate Baseball. The junior right hander finished the 2012 season with a 4-2 record, 16 saves and a 1.32 ERA in 32 appearances.
Benincasa allowed just eight runs, six earned, in 41.0 innings of work as he gave up 24 hits while holding opponents to a .163 batting average. He posted a strikeout-to-walk ratio of 8.3 as he tallied 58 strikeouts to just seven walks.
A semifinalist for the Dick Howser Trophy and a first team All-ACC honoree, Benincasa converted 16 of 19 save situations in 2012 and ranked second in the ACC and sixth nationally in saves. His 16 saves were the second most recorded in a single-season in school history and tied for sixth on FSU's career saves list.