Danielsville, Ga.--A one-time commitment to the Georgia Bulldogs, 2017 LHP Dylan Gentry from Madison County High recently took a visit to check out Butch Thompson and the Auburn Tigers. Spending time with Thompson and assistant Brad Bohannon as well as watching the team practice, the 6-1, 175 Gentry said the Monday trip was all he needed to push the Tigers past Georgia Tech.
“First of all, I like the new coaches at Auburn and I’m really impressed by them,” Gentry tells Inside The Auburn Tigers. “I like Coach Bohannon a lot, but Coach Thompson really wowed me when I went down there mainly because of his past and because I’m a left-handed pitcher and he’s a lefty, too.”
Throwing from the left side is a huge deal for Gentry, especially when you look at the lack of lefties on Auburn’s roster for the 2016-17 season. Without many guys to count on from that side Thompson was looking for someone to come in and help right away, something Gentry said he was told.
“It’s really big for me,” he said. “Coach Bohannon and Coach Thompson let me know that there are innings available as a freshman if I come in there and work. I’m still going to have to earn it, but there’s a spot that is open for me.”
Throwing 90-91 MPH with good command, Gentry is rated as one of the top prep pitchers in Georgia for next year’s class. He said while his velocity is one of the things that helps him, it’s his off-speed stuff that makes the difference for him.
“I have a three-pitch mix,” Gentry said. “What most coaches really like about me is the depth on my 12-6 curveball. I have heard that it’s one of the best ones around.”
An all-region selection as a junior pitcher, Gentry was 6-2 with a miniscule 0.76 ERA in 65 innings with 93 strikeouts.
He joins a loaded 2017 commitment class for the Tigers as Thompson continues to work towards improving the talent level in the program. Excited about what’s ahead, the newest verbal said he can’t wait to get things going.
“I think in the next few years the program is going to take a major turn, mainly because of the leadership of the coaches they have now.”