NEW BRITAIN - It was a rough first half of the season for the New Britain Bees, one in which they finished 26-44. But there were a few bright spots along the way.
One came on Monday afternoon when four Bees players were named to this year’s Atlantic League All-Star Game, which will be held on July 12 at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots. For three of them, it is their first since coming into the League.
New Britain infielder Jovan Rosa, outfielders Conor Bierfeldt and Michael Crouse and pitcher Nate Roe will represent the Bees on the Liberty Division roster. Starting pitcher Anthony Marzi also earned an All-Star selection prior to his contract being purchased by the Minnesota Twins organization on Friday.
Rosa will be making his second consecutive All-Star appearance in a Bees uniform. The third baseman is hitting .273 with eight home runs, 37 RBI and 18 doubles this season. The 29-year-old has also played in 210 consecutive games for New Britain - every game in the franchise’s history - and 224 consecutive overall, dating back to his time with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in 2015.
Bierfeldt, a Torrington native, earns his All-Star selection in his first year in the Atlantic League. The 26-year-old leads the Bees with 12 homes runs and 38 RBI entering Monday’s action and is hitting .275 this season.
Crouse will also be making his first Atlantic League All-Star appearance next week. Traded to the Bees last season, the 26-year-old has thrived since coming to New Britain. This season, the outfielder is batting .272 with 10 home runs, while driving in 35 runs. Crouse also leads the League in triples with six and has tallied 20 stolen bases.
Roe joins Bierfeldt and Crouse in making his first All-Star team with the Bees. The 27-year-old right-hander has had a breakout season in New Britain’s bullpen. In 30 appearances, Roe has compiled a 2-2 record with 28 strikeouts and a 2.31 ERA in 35 innings pitched as of Monday.
The Liberty Division roster will be managed by Somerset’s Brett Jodie, while Gary Gaetti will manage the Freedom Division.
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