On Bencsko: Drafted by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 20th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft (597th overall pick) ... Possesses great speed and greatly improved his overall offensive game during the course of his collegiate career ... Does a good job of working the count and getting on base in a variety of ways ... Was one of the top defensive center fielders in the Northeast Region.
Career: Key contributor to the team for four years, starting as a reserve outfielder and eventually becoming the latest in a long line of great Villanova center fielders ... Played in 177 games with 98 starts and was a career .307 (127-414) hitter with a .410 on-base percentage and a .399 slugging percentage ... Tied for fifth in school history with eight triples ... Sixth all-time with 44 stolen bases ... Scored 98 runs and had 57 RBI while collecting 16 doubles and two home runs ... Went 44-54 (81%) in stolen base attempts ... Drew 65 walks, was hit by a pitch 15 times and tallied 19 sacrifice hits and 11 sacrifice flies ... Struck out 78 times ... Compiled a .969 fielding percentage in 290 chances in the field, including 11 outfield assists.
2010: Third-team All-BIG EAST selection ... Member of the All-Big Five team in Philadelphia ... Had the best season of his collegiate career as the everyday starter in center field ... Played in 50 games with 49 starts and batted .356 (69-194) while leading the team with 55 runs scored and 24 stolen bases ... Recorded a .447 on-base percentage and a .490 slugging percentage with 10 doubles, five triples and two home runs ... Drove in 31 runs ... Walked 24 times and was hit by a pitch on 12 occasions while striking out 30 times ... Totaled six sacrifice bunts and five sacrifice flies ... Reached base safely in all but three of his 49 starts ... Had two separate hitting streaks of at least eight games, including a nine-game streak early in the season during which be hit .588 (20-34) with 16 runs scored and 12 stolen bases.
2009: Appeared in 45 games with 18 starts as Villanova's fourth outfielder ... Batted .247 (20-81) with a .356 on-base percentage and a .284 slugging percentage while reaching base safely in 14 of his 18 starts ... Tallied 16 runs scored and 11 RBI ... Hit three doubles ... Drew 13 walks, was hit by a pitch three times and had 15 strikeouts ... Registered five sacrifice bunts and four sacrifice flies ... Stole eight bases in nine tries ... Played flawless defense in the outfield with 43 putouts, one assist and no errors ... Had a team-high four pinch hits.
2008: Played in 44 games with 15 starts and batted .226 (14-62) with a .383 on-base percentage and a .339 slugging percentage ... Hit a double and three triples while scoring 15 runs and driving in nine ... Did an effective job of getting on base and his 17 walks marked a higher total than both his hits and strikeouts (15) ... Stole six bases in seven tries ... Laid down five sacrifice bunts and hit two sacrifice flies ... Played exceptional defense in the outfield with 37 putouts and two assists in 41 chances (.951 fielding percentage) ... His season stats included a .667 on-base percentage through the year's first four games, a span in which he walked 10 times ... Also batted .289 with a .443 on-base clip in his 15 starts.
2007: Emerged as a valuable part of the team's offense and outfield alignment during his freshman season and earned additional playing time late in the year with his play ... Saw action in 38 games with 16 starts while batting .312 (24-77) with a .398 on-base percentage and a .338 slugging percentage ... Scored 12 runs and had six RBI while walking 11 times and striking out 18 times ... Hit two doubles ... Stole six bases in seven tries ... Tallied three sacrifice hits ... Batted .409 when coming off the bench ... Owned a .941 fielding percentage in the outfield with 46 putouts, two assists and three errors.
Pequannock High School: Lettered four years in baseball and soccer, plus three in basketball ... Received all-county and all-conference honors in baseball while earning Associated Press All-State second team accolades ... Named the Player of the Year by the Daily Record ... In soccer was named an all-conference and all-county performer and was third team all-state ... Ran a 6.6 60-yard dash at the SelectFest ... Listed on his school's honor roll.
Personal: Born 8/13/87 in Pompton Plains, N.J. ... One of four children of Doug and Paula Bencsko ... Siblings are Ashley (23), Whitney (19) and Morgan (9) ... Father was a quarterback at Ithaca College ... Majored in Marketing and was a 2008-09 BIG EAST Academic All-Star.