Right-handed pitcher Jeff Bennett joined the Class-AAA Albuquerque Isotopes on Friday afternoon.
The Lebanon resident was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers to a AAA contract as a free agent and joined the Pacific Coast League team from the Broncos de Reynosa of the Mexican League where he was 4-3 with a 2.44 earned-run average in seven games, all starts, including a complete-game shutout.
The 33-year-old Gordonsville High graduate has played in parts of four seasons in the major leagues with the Milwaukee Brewers, Atlanta Braves and Tampa Bay Rays. He's appeared in 179 career games in the Show with a 4.30 earned-run average. He is in his 15th season of minor-league ball with a 73-75 record and 3.88 ERA.
He joins Friendship Christian-alum Stephen Pryor [Tacoma] and former Cumberland catcher Luis Martinez [Salt Lake] as current PCL players with Wilson County ties.
Bennett has a couple of stints with the Nashville Sounds on his resume, but the Isotopes won’t visit Greer Stadium this season.