NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees are continuing to build what they hope is a quality pitching staff for the upcoming season.
The team added three more to its staff Tuesday afternoon, announcing the signings of former Astro Sam Gervacio, Rainy Lara and Brandon Fry, who comes back for his third season with the club.
“The addition of the three pitchers will certainly help our pitching staff,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “Sam brings big league experience and has very impressive numbers over his career. Rainy was an All-Star last year and proved he is a capable starter in this league, while Brandon has been a reliable arm in our bullpen the last two seasons.”
Gervacio joins New Britain for his 13th season of professional baseball and third in the Atlantic League.
Last year, the former big leaguer made 36 relief appearances for the Vallejo Admirals of the independent Pacific Association, finishing the season 1-3 with a 3.46 ERA, 59 strikeouts and 18 saves in 39.0 innings pitched.
The right-hander began his professional career after signing with the Houston Astros as a free agent in 2005 and made his major league debut in 2009.
In two seasons with the Astros, Gervacio appeared in 35 games and went 1-2 with a 3.65 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 24.2 innings of work.
His previous experience in the Atlantic League came with the Bridgeport Bluefish from 2015-16, where Gervacio appeared in 82 games, going 7-7 with a 3.36 ERA and 94 strikeouts over 88.1 innings.
Lara joins the Bees for his ninth season of professional baseball and second in the Atlantic League.
Last year, the right-hander spent time with the Bluefish and was named to the Atlantic League All Star team. In 25 starts, Lara went 9-11 with a 4.31 ERA and 97 strikeouts in 142 innings pitched.
The 26-year-old began his career with the New York Mets organization in 2010 in the Foreign Rookie-level Dominican Summer League. Having spent the entirety of his career in the Mets system prior to joining Bridgeport, Lara reached has high as triple-A in both 2015 and 2016.
In 158 career minor league outings (136 starts), Lara owns a 53-45 record with a 3.78 ERA and 586 strikeouts in 784.0 innings pitched.
Fry returns to New Britain for his third season in the Atlantic League.
Last year with the Bees, the left-hander appeared in 67 games and posted a 1-3 record with a 4.31 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 64.2 innings pitched.
The 24-year-old was originally drafted by the San Diego Padres in the 18th round of the 2013 amateur draft and made his professional debut with single-A Eugene of the Northwest League the same year. He spent three seasons in the Padres organization before heading over to New Britain.
In 160 career minor league outings, Brandon owns a 4.84 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 206.1 innings pitched.
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