NEW BRITAIN - Anthony Marzi is on his way back to affiliated baseball.
New Britain Bees team officials announced the Berlin native had his contract purchased by the Minnesota Twins organization Friday afternoon and will report to Single-A Cedar Rapids.
In doing so, he becomes the second Bees pitcher to get signed out this season.
“It’s exciting,” Marzi said. “This is why you’re playing independently. I’m glad I’m going to the Twins organization. I’m looking forward to getting back into a system, getting to see some different cities and meeting new people.”
Marzi had known for roughly two weeks the Twins were interested in him after talking to Bees manager Stan Cliburn. It was just a matter of waiting until something became available.
“I was having catch one day and Stan came over and told me the Twins had called him about me and were just waiting for a roster spot to open up,” Marzi said. “They called my agent and after talking with them, my agent called me the next day and it worked out.”
This will be the second stint in affiliated baseball for Marzi. The 24-year-old signed with the New York Yankees organization in 2015 after going undrafted out of UConn and appeared in six games for their rookie league affiliate.
Marzi made 12 starts for New Britain this season, going 5-5 with a 2.84 ERA in 69 2/3 innings pitched with one shutout. His ERA ranked sixth in the Atlantic League as of Friday afternoon.
“We are excited for Anthony,” Cliburn said. “He has worked very hard and certainly deserves this opportunity. We wish him the very best with the Twins organization.”
This was his first season as a full-time starter for the Bees after being primarily used as a long reliever and spot starter in 2016.
Despite the success Marzi had last season - he went 5-1 with a 3.03 ERA - the left-hander knew getting the chance to start on a regular basis, along with pitching well, would give him the best opportunity to showcase what he could do for organizations.
“It’s helped a lot,” Marzi said. “To be able to throw five, six innings every time you go out is important. People want to see a body of work. I’m happy they got to see what I can do and I’m excited that I’m in [the Twins’] plans for starting for now. It’s what I’m most comfortable doing, going back to my days at UConn.”
Joining Cedar Rapids will be the highest level of affiliated ball Marzi has pitched in. But after throwing in the Atlantic League, which often has talent at the Double-A or even Triple-A level, he knows he just has to go out there and continue to pitch well.
“It’s going to be a little bit of a different clubhouse, but baseball is baseball,” Marzi said. “Some of the guys will be from high school, others college. I’m just going to go there and work hard. It’s exciting.”
To fill Marzi’s spot on the active roster, right-handed reliever Eric Fornataro has been activated from the disabled list.
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