1. While at Armstrong Atlantic State University, in what areas did Stacy Bennett improve the most?
Stacy really improved his work habits while at AASU and worked very hard on his fundamental defense. He also improved his overall body strength and learned to take a better approach to hitting at the plate.
2. In what areas does Stacy need to continue to improve if he is to succeed and become a MLB player?
Stacy needs to learn to turn on inside fastballs and lift them, as well as attach pitches up in the zone more. His future at catcher depends simply on being able to learn the position - he only began catching for us extensively as a junior
3. What are Bennett's best tools (power, speed, hitting, defense, arm, athleticism)?
Stacy is a good athlete with an outstanding arm. He has good defensive instincts at third base and his speed can be an asset, especially if his future is at catcher.
4. What are Stacy's best skills (baserunning, bunting, stealing, hit and run, working the count, driving the baseball, leadership, hitting behind runners)?
Stacy is very good at working the count (team-high 38 walks, .449 OBP in 2003) and is good at situational hitting, which he should improve on in the pros.
5. What was Stacy Bennett's most outstanding moment for the Pirates?
Stacy had some big hits in 2003 with the Pirates. His three-run home run in the eighth inning capped a seven-run outburst in an 11-4 win over Michigan on February 21, and another three-run home run against conference rival and perennial DII power North Florida helped AASU to an 8-1 win on March 16. As a freshman Stacy's first career start resulted in an 11-game hitting streak that season, and as a sophomore, he was the Peach Belt Conference's Player of the Week on February 18.
6. Any other moments you'd care to share regarding Stacy Bennett?
As a Watkinsville, Ga., native (just outside of Athens, Ga.), Stacy really enjoyed the opportunity to play - and beat - his hometown team, the Georgia Bulldogs, in the 2002 Memorial Health Diamond Classic in Savannah. The 7-6 win in 11 innings was the division II school's first win ever over the Bulldogs. Stacy was also instrumental in helping the Pirates win their first Peach Belt Conference title since 1993 as he was an All-Conference utility player as a junior.
7. What are Stacy Bennett's best tools?
His ability to play 3B, 1B and to catch. Stacy is very coachable and will work at whatever it takes to keep himself in the lineup. He has a very positive attitude.
8. What sort of power projection does Stacy Bennett possess, should he reach the major leagues?
Stacy could be a 15-20 home run guy if he works on his zone judgement. He has the ability to play at the next level at a variety of positions, including catcher, first, third or even second base. He has a great arm from behind the plate and being a left-handed hitter helps as well.
9. Are there any interesting human interest regarding volunteer work, family background or personal interest for Stacy Bennett?
As a member of the Pirates, Stacy helped in AASU's annual homeless food drive each year, and also every fall participated in the Savannah Walk for Diabetes downtown.
Thanks again Head Coach Roberts and Director of Sports Communications Jackson so very much on the behalf of NYMfansonly.com for participating in this e-mail question and answer session. And, again, congratulations on a very successful season.