Bentz signs with ChiSox

JDHS grad reports to spring training in mid-February

Posted: Wednesday, January 11, 2006

Chad Bentz, a 1999 Juneau-Douglas High School graduate, signed a minor league contract Saturday with the world champion Chicago White Sox.

The left-handed reliever will be invited to spring training, according to the club's Web site.

The White Sox will be Bentz' third major-league franchise since breaking into professional baseball.

Originally a seventh-round draft choice from the Montreal Expos, now the Washington Nationals, Bentz worked his way up to the big leagues before eventually being released.

While with the Expos, Bentz made 36 appearances and toted a 5.86 ERA in 2004.

The Florida Marlins then signed Bentz before the 2005 season. The lefty eventually worked his way through Double-A Carolina and Triple-A Albuquerque before making four appearances with the Marlins.

Bentz pitched two innings with Florida and allowed seven runs off eight hits. His 31.50 ERA was skewed due to giving up five runs in 13 of an inning against Atlanta in June.

While in Albuquerque, Bentz made 31 appearances and posted a 1.49 ERA. In 33.2 innings of work, Bentz fanned 32 batters and walked 14 men.

As a member of the Crimson Bears, Bentz earned the Gatorade Alaska Player of the Year award in 1999.

Chicago's pitchers and catchers report to spring training on Feb. 16.

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