New Britain Bees re-sign Connecticut native Bierfeldt, add two former big leaguers to roster

Published on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:49
Written by DAVID GLOVACH

@DavidGlovach

NEW BRITAIN - With only two weeks until players report to their respective clubs in the Atlantic League, the New Britain Bees are continuing to build what they hope is a championship roster.

The team announced the signings of pitcher Kevin Chapman and outfielders Darrell Ceciliani and Conor Bierfeldt Tuesday afternoon. Bierfeldt, a Connecticut native, played with New Britain last season.

“Our roster is certainly coming along,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “Kevin and Darrell both have big league experience and will be important additions to the back end of the bullpen and outfield respectively. Conor had a great year for us last season, leading the team in home runs and will give us a power bat once again.”

Chapman comes to New Britain for his Atlantic League debut during his ninth year of professional baseball.

Last season, the former big leaguer split time between the Atlanta Braves and Minnesota Twins triple-A teams, appearing in 18 combined games and collecting 25 strikeouts in 22.2 innings pitched.

The 30-year-old was originally selected by the Kansas City Royals in the fourth round of the 2010 MLB amateur draft. He spent two years with the Royals organization before being traded to the Houston Astros, where the left hander made his MLB debut in 2013.

Chapman spent parts of four seasons with the big league club, appearing in 58 games and posting a 3-1 record with a 4.09 ERA, 48 strikeouts and one save in 55 innings of work.

In 309 career minor league games, Chapman has collected 17 wins with a 3.99 ERA, 455 strikeouts and 32 saves in 369.2 innings pitched.

Ceciliani also joins the Bees for his Atlantic League debut and 10th season of professional baseball.

The former big leaguer spent last year with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, including three games with the Major League club. He also appeared in a combined 28 games with triple-A Buffalo and single-A Dunedin, where he hit a combined .200 with three RBI.

The 27-year-old appeared in a combined 55 MLB games over the course of three seasons with the New York Mets and Blue Jays. During his big league career, Ceciliani has two home runs, seven RBI, nine runs scored, and five stolen bases.

Ceciliani began his professional career with the New York Mets after being selected in the fourth round of the 2009 amateur draft.

Over the course of 641 career minor league games, Darrell Ceciliani is hitting .284 with 41 home runs, 126 doubles, 275 RBI, 384 runs scored and has 137 stolen bases.

Bierfeldt returns to New Britain for his second season in the Atlantic League and sixth of professional baseball.

Last year with the Bees, the 26-year-old slugged a career-best and team-leading 23 home runs, while posting a .238 batting average with 15 doubles, 61 runs scored and 64 RBI.

Bierfeldt was drafted by the Baltimore Orioles in the 29th round of the 2013 MLB amateur draft out of Western Connecticut State University. He spent four years in the Orioles organization, reaching as high at the double-A level with the Bowie Baysox in 2016.

In 505 career minor league games, Bierfeldt owns a .233 batting average with 79 home runs, 111 doubles, 309 RBI, and 239 runs scored.

David Glovach can be reached at (860) 801-5085 or dglovach@newbritainherald.com



Posted in The Bristol Press, New Britain Bees on Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:49. Updated: Tuesday, 3 April 2018 15:52.