Jeff Bennett (baseball)
June 10, 1980 |
|April 6, 2004 for the Milwaukee Brewers|
(through 2009 season)
|Earned run average||4.30|
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.
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 11⁄3 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.
On September 20, 2007, Bennett made his first career start and his first appearance with the Atlanta Braves. Against the Milwaukee Brewers, Bennett went 52⁄3 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.
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.
Tampa Bay Rays
Return to Milwaukee Brewers
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.
Los Angeles Dodgers
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.
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