TJ BENNETT2018-07-06T13:34:33+00:00

T.J. BENNETT #23

TJ BENNETT
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Position: Outfielder
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 215 lbs
Bats/Throws: L/R
Birthday: July 22, 1992
Hometown: Mesa, Arizona

The left-handed hitter already comes to the Saltdogs as an independent league success story. Bennett went undrafted after his senior season at the University of Utah in 2014 and started his pro career with the Gateway Grizzlies of the independent Frontier League. He hit .269 with two home runs and 37 RBIs over 56 games. Bennett spent most of 2015 with the Schaumburg Boomers and batted .283 with nine doubles and two triples over 51 games.

Bennett played for the Brisbane Bandits of the Australian Baseball League in the winter of 2015 and caught the eyes of Giants scouts. He recorded a .319 batting average with eight home runs and 21 RBIs over just 25 games in the ABL. The Giants purchased his contract ahead of the 2016 season.

The Arizona native played for four different teams in the Giants farm system in ’16, reaching as high as Triple-A with the Sacramento River Cats. On the whole season, Bennett hit .282 with nine home runs and 33 RBIs over 71 games. He spent the bulk of the year with the San Jose Giants of the High-A California League. He batted .284 with a .357 on-base percentage and earned a league player of the week honor.

Bennett spent 2017 shuffling between different levels and compiled .222 average and three homers over 59 games. He played in nine games between Rookie and Single-A this year before he was released.

Bennett started his college career at Oral Roberts University. He played in 56 games as a freshman and hit .287 with three home runs and 24 RBIs. He helped the Golden Eagles to a 39-22 record and to the Summit League Regular Season Title.

The lefty hitter transferred to Mesa Community College next and resurfaced at Utah for his final two years. He played in 94 games over two seasons and hit .277 his senior year. He notched a career highs with 31 RBIs and a .385 slugging percentage.

Bennett is the son of longtime minor league coach Jim Bennett.