EASTLAKE, Ohio — The son of a well-known tire dealer is one step closer to playing major league baseball.
Pitcher Trey Benton, the 23-year son of Black's Tire Service's Ricky Benton II, has been promoted to the Lake County (Ohio) Captains, the high-A affiliate of Major League Baseball's (MLB) Cleveland Guardians.
Benton began the season with the Guardians' Class A affiliate, the Lynchburg Hillcats. In 13 games, the right-handed relief pitcher has six saves, compiling a record of 1-2 with a 1.13 earned run average.
Benton has given up only two earned runs this season, surrendering just five hits.
"It's a cool deal for our family," Ricky Benton, vice president of sales and marketing at Whiteville, N.C.-based BTS Tires, told Tire Business.
Trey Benton played his college baseball at East Carolina University, graduating from the ECU School of Business. Just before the MLB draft, Benton had "Tommy John" surgery, or more formerly known as ulnar collateral ligament (UCL) reconstruction, to repair a torn ulnar collateral ligament inside the elbow.