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53 Joaquin Benoit RP
Height/Weight: 6-3/220 | Birthdate: 7/26/1977 | Birthplace: Santiago, DR | Bats/Throws: R/R | Team: San Diego | College: No College | MLB Experience: 14 | Salary: $5,500,000 | Owned/Started%: 22/14 | Average Draft Position: 192.35
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Padres Joaquin Benoit earns win in relief


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(7/3/2015) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit pitched a perfect eighth inning to earn the win over St. Louis on Friday. 

Benoit won for the first time since May 19, moving to 5-3 on the year. He hasn't allowed a run and has given up just one hit over his last six appearances. 


Padres' Benoit, Maurer not available to pitch Wednesday


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(6/10/2015) Padres manager Bud Black said relief pitchers Joaquin Benoit and Brandon Maurer will not be available to pitch in Wednesday's game at Atlanta, reports The Mighty 1090 Sports Radio.

Maurer and Benoit have pitched an inning in each of the last two games. The team recalled Nick Vincent to provide depth in the bullpen for Wednesday's contest.


Padres' Joaquin Benoit pitches scoreless inning in return


by Sean d'Oliveira | CBSSports.com
(5/4/2015) After not appearing in a game since last Monday, Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit returned and threw a scoreless inning in Sunday's win over the Rockies.

Benoit had been dealing with a dead arm, but he did not surrender a hit or walk in his first appearance since sustaining the arm issue. He is now 3-1 with a 3.75 ERA.


Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit's (dead arm) availability uncertain


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(5/3/2015) Padres manager Bud Black said reliever Joaquin Benoit's availability is uncertain and that he could be headed to the disabled list, according to U-T San Diego.

Black added that Benoit is dealing with a dead arm that is similar is the shoulder problems he experienced last season. 

Benoit has made 12 appearances this season, allowing five runs in 11 innings (4.09 ERA) with one save.


Black: Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit has dead arm


by Marty Gitlin | CBSSports.com
(5/2/2015) Bud Black has admitted that Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit is going through a "dead arm" period, per U-T San Diego.

Benoit is coming off a poor three-game stretch in which he has given up four runs on three hits and two walks in one inning pitched. But he had pitched scoreless ball in his previous eight appearances after losing his closer role to Craig Kimbrel.


Padres deal with bullpen woes in Monday's loss to Astros


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(4/28/2015) Padres relievers Brandon Maurer, Joaquin Benoit and rookie Cory Mazzoni, who was making his major-league debut, combined to surrender six earned runs in two innings of work in San Diego's 9-4 loss to Houston Monday.

While Kevin Quackenbush was able to get out of the eighth inning without being charged with an earned run after Benoit let the first four batters of the inning reach base, the team now owns a 2.08 ERA, which ranks 20th in the majors.

"We need to get on a little bit of a bullpen roll," manager Bud Black said after the game, per MLB.com

Benoit (3-1) took the loss, allowing three earned runs on two hits and two walks while failing to record an out.

"They're making some mistakes, leaving the ball up in the zone, out over the middle of the plate," catcher Derek Norris said. "We've just got to execute some pitches better in some situations."

Black believes the bullpen will pitch better moving forward.

"They'll come around. They're not pitching like they're going to pitch," he said. "When you see their numbers at the end of the year, they'll be there. When you see their numbers now as a group, there are two or three guys not hitting on all cylinders."


Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit notches first save of 2015


by Ted Leshinski | Staff Writer
(4/19/2015) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit notched his first save of 2015 with a scoreless ninth inning against the Cubs on Sunday.

Benoit retired the first two batters of the frame before allowing two infield hits. He then struck out Jorge Soler to end the game.

Padres P Joaquin Benoit credited with win against Diamondbacks


by Jason Butt | CBSSports.com
(4/16/2015) Though he's only pitched six innings this season, Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit now has a record of 3-0. 

On Wednesday, Benoit entered the game in the top of the eighth inning with the game tied. He gave up one hit during his frame but struck out another and got out of the inning.

In the bottom half, Padres outfielder Justin Upton hit a solo home run, which turned out to be the difference in the game. 

With Benoit entering the game in the top of the eighth, he was credited with the win. 

Benoit now has an ERA of 1.50 this season. 


Joaquin Benoit moves to set-up for Padres after Craig Kimbrel trade


by Shawn Krest | CBSSports.com
(4/13/2015) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit spent most of spring training preparing to be the team's closer. The plan changed when, right before Opening Day, the Padres traded for Craig Kimbrel

Benoit's role has changed to set-up man. He's pitched in four games so far this season, all in the eighth inning. 

After blowing a lead in his first appearance, Benoit has settled down. He's 2-0 with a 2.25 ERA and three strikeouts in four innings. 


Padres' Joaquin Benoit 'pretty close' to being ready for season


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/23/2015) Padres pitcher Joaquin Benoit has been dominant this spring, tossing four hitless innings while striking out five and walking one, and he said Monday that he's "pretty close" to being ready for the regular season, MLB.com reports.

"That's because these guys are swinging and teams are really aggressive," Benoit said of his spring performance. "When I'm on the mound, I expect them to be aggressive because I'm going right at them. But I'm pretty close [to being ready for the regular season]."

Benoit mixes two pitches to keep htiters off-balance late in games.

"He has two specialty pitches: He has a high heater that jumps on hitters and can beat them up top, and the split-change down low. It's changing eye levels constantly so you can't sit on one pitch with him," pitching coach Darren Balsley said.

"This guy has passed the test of time as a very experienced capable back-end bullpen reliever, closer, setup guy. It is legit stuff and he has experience," manager Bud Black said. "There's a certain poise to his game, and he's a clear thinker on the mound. He's really settled in here in San Diego being part of historically a very good bullpen, and he's carried on that tradition."


Padres' Black: Joaquin Benoit to close, happy with options


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(3/5/2015) Padres manager Bud Black said Thursday that while Joaquin Benoit is set to be the team's closer, other relievers could see save chances as well, MLB.com reports.

"You want to get your closer in games because that means you have a lead … and if he's closing games that means you are winning," Black explained. "That means at some point, we have got to put Joaquin down [because], he can't pitch every game. That's what I want."

Black said he has five players available that he's comfortable using in the ninth inning: Benoit, Kevin Quackenbush, Shawn Kelley, Nick Vincent and Dale Thayer.

"Joaquin is projected to be our closer but if he's down then we have a number of options to choose from, guys who have closed major-league games and guys who have been successful at it," Black said. "We have five guys we feel comfortable giving the ball to. That's one of those situations we won't know until we get into the season to see how guys are throwing, how well they're executing their pitches, their confidence, their arms, their stuff … all that stuff adds into the daily decision as to who might close a game if Joaquin is down."

Benoit earned 11 saves in 12 chances with the Padres in 2014, posting a 1.49 ERA and 64:14 K:BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings.


Gyorko, Smith, Maybin among Padres players tendered contracts


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(12/2/2014) The Padres have tendered contracts to 32 players, including seven that were already under contract for the 2015 season. Those seven include: right-hander Joaquin Benoit, left-hander Cory Luebke, infielder Jedd Gyorko and outfielders Cameron Maybin, Carlos Quentin, Seth Smith and Will Venable.

Joaquin Benoit delivers 10th save Wednesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/25/2014) Padres closer Joaquin Benoit picked up his 10th save Wednedsay, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to slam the door on his team's 4-3 win over the Rockies.

Benoit has turned in four straight perfect innings, with two coming after a long layoff caused by a shoulder issue. He owns a 1.52 ERA, 0.79 WHIP and 63:14 K:BB ratio in 53 1/3 innings.


Joaquin Benoit returns for Padres


by Scott White | Senior Fantasy Writer
(9/22/2014) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit, who had been out since Aug. 26 with shoulder discomfort, returned to the mound Sunday against the Giants, striking out two in a perfect ninth inning of an 8-2 victory.

Benoit was the closer before being sidelined by the injury, and the San Diego Union-Tribune reported earlier in the weekend that the Padres would ease him back into that role. Kevin Quackenbush has closed in his absence.


Padres may ease Joaquin Benoit back into action


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/18/2014) The Padres may ease pitcher Joaquin Benoit back into action before using him in save situations, according to U-T San Diego. Benoit has been since Aug. 26 because of a shoulder injury, but could return as early as Friday. He owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Joaquin Benoit could return Friday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/16/2014) Padres clsoer Joaquin Benoit will throw a bullpen session Wednesday and could return to action as early as Friday, U-T San Diego reports.

Benoit has been out since Aug. 26 while recovering from a shoulder injury. He owns a 1.58 ERA and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.


Joaquin Benoit getting closer to return


by Al Melchior | Data Analyst
(9/14/2014) The San Diego Union-Tribune reports that Joaquin Benoit will throw a bullpen session before Sunday's game at the Diamondbacks, and he may only need one more session after that. Just over a month after inheriting the Padres' closer role in late July, Benoit was sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Joaquin Benoit plays catch Saturday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(9/6/2014) Padres pitcher Joaquin Benoit played catch Saturday, MLB.com reports.

Benoit is likely at least 10 days from getting into game action. He's been sidelined since Aug. 26 due to shoulder discomfort.


Joaquin Benoit not ready to start throwing program


by Igor Mello | CBSSports.com
(9/4/2014) Joaquin Benoit has shown signs of improvement in his recovery from a right shoulder injury, but the Padres have yet to outline a throwing program for the closer, according to U-T San Diego. Benoit has only pitched twice since Aug. 13.  He owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.

Kevin Quackenbush to fill in again for Joaquin Benoit


by Michael Hurcomb | CBSSports.com
(8/31/2014) Padres closer Joaquin Benoit will be sidelined for at least a few days after experiencing more discomfort in his right shoulder, U-T San Diego reported Saturday. Kevin Quackenbush will handle the closer responsibilties until Benoit returns.

"It’s all the same (discomfort)," Benoit said Saturday afternoon. "It was good for a couple of days. When I came back, I guess I didn’t give it enough time for the inflammation to go away. We’re trying to get everything to calm down and then start over."

Benoit was sidelined 11 days the last time he dealt with this injury. Manager Bud Black expects Benoit to pitch again this season, but he is unsure of when the right-handed reliever will return.

"When I pitched in Arizona, I felt great," Benoit said of his return to action Aug. 24. "It’s a situation where you have to deal with it and let it try to get better on its own time."


Joaquin Benoit records ninth save Tuesday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/27/2014) Padres closer Joaquin Benoit earned his ninth save Tuesday, tossing a 1-2-3 ninth inning in his team's 4-1 win over the Brewers.

Benoit hasn't given up an earned run since July 18, stringing together 11 2/3 innings with only one unearned run, three walks and 14 strikeouts. Benoit owns a 1.58 ERA, 0.82 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 51 1/3 innings.


Joaquin Benoit earns eighth save Sunday


by R.J. White | CBSSports.com
(8/24/2014) Padres closer Joaquin Benoit picked up his eighth save Sunday, striking out one in a 1-2-3 ninth inning to finish off his team's 7-4 win over the Diamondbacks.

Benoit hadn't pitched since Aug. 13 while dealing with a shoulder issue, but he managed to post a clean frame Sunday despite throwing just half of his pitches for strikes. Benoit owns a 1.61 ERA, 0.83 WHIP and 60:14 K:BB ratio in 50 1/3 innings.


Joaquin Benoit was available Saturday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/23/2014) Padres pitcher Joaquin Benoit was available to pitch Saturday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune

Benoit has been dealing with a shoulder injury, but is ready to return. Manager Bud Black said Benoit feels fine. "He’s ready to go," Black said. "He feels good." Benoit has a 1.64 ERA over 49 1/3 innings. 


Joaquin Benoit could return Friday


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Padres pitcher Joaquin Benoit could return Friday, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Benoit was able to get through a bullpen session Thursday, and stressed that he didn't think he would need a trip to the disabled list. He's posted a 1.64 ERA over 49 1/3 innings. 


Joaquin Benoit believes he'll avoid the disabled list


by Chris Cwik | CBSSports.com
(8/21/2014) Padres reliever Joaquin Benoit believes he'll avoid a stint on the disabled list, according to the San Diego Union-Tribune.

Benoit was able to throw a bullpen session prior to Thursday's game. He said the session went well, and doesn't think he'll need to spend time on the DL. Benoit has a 1.64 ERA over 49 1/3 innings.