By Scott Barancik, Editor

With 1,215 amateur players chosen in the 2017 MLB draft, it was perhaps inevitable that we’d miss a few.

Mea culpa, Tyler Benson.

A 21-year-old from New Jersey, Benson hit .377 his junior year at Bloomsburg University, adding 8 HRs, 41 RBIs, 15 stolen bases, and a sweet .505 on-base percentage.

The San Diego Padres selected the Division 2 left fielder in the 31st round in June, and Benson acquitted himself well. Spending time at three levels — rookie, A-short-season and A — he hit a combined .252 with a .374 on-base percentage, 15 RBIs, and nine stolen bases in 115 at-bats.

Benson’s addition brings the list of known Jewish draftees in 2017 to an even dozen.

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