Jim Bennett (minors02)
James A. Bennett
- Bats Left, Throws Left
- Height 6' 2", Weight 190 lb.
Jim Bennett was a minor league pitcher for 13 years and coached for 15 years.
Bennett was signed as an undrafted free agent by the Seattle Mariners in 1988. He was 2-1 with a 4.33 ERA for the AZL Red Sox/Mariners that summer. He had a 6-12, 4.02 record for the 1989 Wausau Timbers, leading Mariners farmhands in losses and tying for 4th in the Midwest League. In 1990, he lost his first 8 games for the Charleston Rainbows en route to a 5-15, 3.06 finish, despite only 27 walks and two homers in 150 IP. He was also briefly with the San Bernardino Spirit (2 R, 1 ER in 5 1/3 IP). Part of his problem was that Charleston was a last-place 46-96 squad; his 3.06 ERA clearly marked him as the ace of the rotation; the staff ERA was 4.34. He still tied for second in the South Atlantic League in losses. He finished his minor league career 13-28 but with a 3.54 ERA and just 73 walks in 310 IP.
In 1991, Bennett pitched for Fiorentina in Italy's Serie A2, going 5-3 with a 1.23 ERA. He then became a pitching coach, working with the Lethbridge Mounties (1992), AZL Angels (1993-1994), Boise Hawks (1995-1996), Lake Elsinore Storm (1997), Cedar Rapids Kernels (1998), Visalia Oaks (2000), Tri-City Dust Devils (2001), Asheville Tourists (2002), Visalia again (2003-2004), AZL Padres (2005) and San Jose Giants (2006-2007). He then took some time off from professional coaching before returning to the ranks with the Perth Heat in the 2014-2015 Australian Baseball League. He was then a coach for the Brisbane Bandits in 2015-2016.