- Name: Dakota Bennett
- Classification: 2017
- Position: Left-Handed Pitcher
- Ht: Wt: 6-foot-3, 165
- Bats-Throws: R/L
- High School: Brewer (Somerville, AL) High School
- Schools of Interest: Arkansas, Louisiana Monroe, Memphis, Mississippi State
Bennett, who recently turned 16-years-old, is a talented pitcher who already shows a solid curveball and a mid-80s fastball.
"I have a pretty good curveball and my fastball velocity is consistently 84 (miles per hour)," said Bennett. "I have topped out at 86, 87."
He has seen a lot of improvement in his velocity over the course of the last twelve months.
"Last year my fastball was averaging 79 to 80," said Bennett. "I have gained 4 to 5 miles on my average velocity."
He explained what he did to help him improve his velo.
"I got into the routine of long tossing a lot during the summer," said the talented lefty. "I was just throwing, throwing, throwing. That helped me a lot."
And he continues to work to improve his pitching.
"Things that I need to improve on is my velocity, gaining weight and throwing my changeup more," said Bennett.
Another thing that he is doing to improve his game is playing with one of the elite travel baseball program, East Coast Baseball.
"Where I go to high school not many people watch them play but when I play with East Coast Baseball (college coaches) come watch them," said Bennett. "It also helps me by giving me more reps during the offseason. It helps me keep my arm active. I have also learned by playing against more talented players that I need to control the run game better. In high school, you don't see as much of a running game as you do here."
He has already started receiving some recruiting attention.
"There are a few teams that I know are showing interest in me - Memphis, Arkansas texted me and Louisiana Monroe hasn't texted me but I have heard that they are interested in me," said Bennett.
Another team that he is interested in is Mississippi State.
"I like Mississippi State," said Bennett, who played in front of the Mississippi State coaches during his recent pitching performance at Dudy Noble Field. "I know they used to win a lot in baseball and still do."
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network.