Dequan Bennett is making his next step towards a professional baseball career.
Bennett, 16, is reportedly attending the IMG Baseball Academy in Bradenton, Florida this summer. The recent Cayman Prep high school graduate is hoping to use his time there to transition into a National Collegiate Athletics Association division one college in the US.
Samantha Bennett, Dequan’s mum, spoke about the importance of the move.
“Dequan graduated from Cayman Prep last month and has been accepted to attend the prestigious IMG academy in Bradenton, starting 26 August,” Samantha said. “He will attend a high school post graduate programme for a year, which will allow him to train mentally, physically and technically to be a professional player.
“It’s a world class facility where he will enter an intense programme. He is very excited to attend. Most recently, we visited the academy, which is on 400 acres, and they really rolled out the red carpet for his visit. We spent half a day there in which they are not only thrilled to get a left-handed pitcher on their hands but also a full-time student from this side of the world.”
Bennett, who was born in George Town and lives in Prospect, is regarded as one of Cayman’s best baseball prospects. He has been widely heralded by instructors within the BullSox Training Academy, the youth development side of Major League Baseball’s Chicago White Sox, along with multi-sport star Tyler Lee, 17.
BullSox hitting/fielding instructor Sam Zagorac, 37, summed up the feelings of most within the Chicago organization back in January after the Spring 2012 Cayman Islands Little League White Sox camp.
“Tyler and Dequan are going through the process now and they will play in the States next year,” Zagorac said. “They will set the pace for the other kids. The development seen by us and the Cayman Little League will only get better.”