Commitment Analysis 2016: Jaret Bennett



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By Jerry Shank
Maryland Scouting Director

Now that we are getting closer to the second Wednesday of November and the early signing period for the class of 2016, PBR Maryland will begin breaking down player commitments across the state. 

With this edition of the 2016 class we turn to Jaret Bennett, the No.12 player in the PBR Maryland State Rankings. The left-handed pitcher and first baseman played a major role for Colonel Richardson having one of the best seasons in school history, finishing the regular season a perfect 18-0. The storybook season came up just short last year after a back-and-forth affair with state runner up McDonough in the 1A State Semis. Bennett will play an even bigger role this year for Col. Richardson in their attempt to make a longer run in the state tournament in 2016. Bennett will spend his college career playing for coach Stuart Lake at Charleston Southern University, member of the Big South Conference.

Scouting Report

(2/21/2015) Athletic frame at 6-foot-1, 185-pounds. Pitching from a high ¾ arm slot, he shows good athleticism in his delivery and a fluid rhythm. His free and quick arm displayed a velocity of 84 mph maxing out at 86 with run and downhill action. Throws a 2/8 breaking ball with near fastball arm speed and late break. Over spring and summer pitch has turned to gradual break, but has shown ability to have a power slider. Throws a split with gradual break at 68 mph and showed feel for a nice changeup with late fade. The very projectable pitcher displays early flashes of being a power arm from the left side.

Outlook

There were many school that were in play for Bennett over the course of 2015. Many schools in the Mid-Atlantic and Carolinas at one point were in the mix for the lefty. Bennett has the potential to be a front line starter as he develops. He shows an athletic arm action and delivery and there is plenty to like in his raw ability. With slight adjustments on the mound with hand positioning, I like his chance to develop a put-away type slider from the left side. As he gets stronger his velocity should increase and be a nice arm in the Buccaneers rotation.

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