Jeff Bennett (baseball)

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Jeff Bennett
Jeff Bennett 2010.jpg
Free agent
Born: (1980-06-10) June 10, 1980 (age 34)
Donelson, Tennessee
Bats: Right Throws: Right
MLB debut
April 6, 2004 for the Milwaukee Brewers
Career statistics
(through 2009 season)
Win–loss record 8–17
Earned run average 4.30
Strikeouts 154

David Jeffrey "Jeff" Bennett (born June 10, 1980) is an American professional baseball pitcher who is a free agent. He has played in Major League Baseball (MLB) for the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays.

Baseball career[edit]

Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

In 2003, the Milwaukee Brewers acquired Bennett in the Rule 5 draft from the Pittsburgh Pirates. He made his Major League Debut on April 6 against the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Memorial Stadium and he gave up 2 hits in 113 innings. With the Brewers, Bennett went 1-5 with a 4.79 ERA, in 60 appearances. Bennett was well known for keeping the brim of his cap almost completely flat and wearing it so low that the bill was slightly above his eyes.

In 2006, he successfully underwent Tommy John surgery.

Atlanta Braves[edit]

Bennett with Atlanta in 2008.

On September 20, 2007, Bennett made his first career start and his first appearance with the Atlanta Braves. Against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bennett went 523 innings while striking out 8, earning the win. On September 25, Bennett earned a win in relief against the Philadelphia Phillies. He finished the season 2-1 with a 3.46 ERA.

Bennett hit an RBI on his first at-bat with the Atlanta Braves, driving in Jeff Francoeur on May 20, 2009 against the Colorado Rockies.

In a relief appearance against the Arizona Diamondbacks on May 24, 2008, Bennett recorded his first Major league hit in the fifth inning against pitcher Randy Johnson.

The Braves suspended Bennett's pay on June 25, the day after he fractured his hand with an angry punch to a clubhouse wall. Bennett filed a grievance with the players association and continued his rehab. As a result, the Braves either had to give him the money they suspended earlier or release him. Jeff Bennett requested the Braves release him afterwards. Bennett was granted his request to be released on July 30, 2009.[1]

Tampa Bay Rays[edit]

On August 1, 2009, Bennett signed with the Tampa Bay Rays.[2] He was released on May 13, 2010.

Return to Milwaukee Brewers[edit]

On May 25, 2010, Bennett signed a minor league contract with the Milwaukee Brewers.

On April 30, 2011 in his first outing after returning from a torn labrum, he struck out two batters in a scoreless inning for the Lancaster Barnstormers. On June 15, he was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks and assigned to the Triple-A Reno Aces.[3]

He was released from Reno Aces on 08/30/2011 & later pitched for the Lancaster Barnstormers of The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball.

Los Angeles Dodgers[edit]

Bennett signed a minor league deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers on May 16, 2014. He made 21 starts for the Isotopes in 2014 and was 8-6 with a 3.82 ERA.


  1. ^ Braves grant release to pitcher Bennett
  2. ^ Rays sign RHP Jeff Bennett
  3. ^ Dierkes, Tim. "Minor Moves: Diamond, Bennett". Retrieved 15 June 2011. 

External links[edit]

Media related to Jeff Bennett (baseball) at Wikimedia Commons