David Benham

David Benham David Benham was born in Orlando, Florida. During his senior year of high school Benham was named Mizuno All-American. Collegiate Baseball Magazine listed him as one of the top 50 prospects in the country for 1993 and 1994. He was drafted by the New York Mets in 1994, but he chose to first attend college, signing a full baseball scholarship at Liberty University. After becoming the All Big South Conference Catcher of the Year three seasons running, he was again drafted by the Mets. Once more David saw the need to complete his education. With the decision to finish out his senior year, he also helped his college team into the NCAA Division 1 Regional Tournament.

After graduation David was once more drafted by a Major League franchise, the Boston Red Sox. He was immediately sent to Boston’s Gulf Coast League affiliate, where he attained a .364 batting average. The farm system scouts noted his ability at the plate as well as behind it and Benham was sent up to the New York Penn League, where he finished out the 1998 season. By spring training the following year David was assigned to the Florida League, where he was traded to the St. Louis Cardinals for pitcher Kent Mercker.

Benham was placed on the Cardinals Major League roster for spring camp 2000. He broke camp with the Potomac Cannons, followed by an assignment to the Texas League midway through the season. David’s hitting and catching talents were highly sought after, but the continuous moving of his family was beginning to take its toll. Again in 2001 Benham was listed on the Big League roster, but he started the season in the minors after the franchise trimmed its list. David made the choice to retire from professional baseball at the end of the season.

David’s passion had always been to play Major League Baseball. After attaining that goal, he felt that his efforts would better be utilized towards serving others. He stays extremely active coaching youth baseball, instructing in community clinics, and teaching kids the skills that they will need to achieve their dream of playing in the Big Leagues. David Benham and his wife have four children and live in North Carolina. David and his twin brother Jason, who played with the Baltimore Orioles franchise, founded Benham Real Estate Group, where they are joined by former Los Angeles Dodger, Tim Harrel.