NEW BRITAIN - New Britain Bees infielder Brock Stassi is heading back to affiliated baseball.
The 29-year-old had his contract purchased by the San Francisco Giants and he will be reporting to Triple-A Sacramento the Bees announced Saturday.
He is the fifth Bees player to have get picked up by an affiliated club, joining pitcher Zach Stewart (Toronto Blue Jays), catcher Josh Thole (Detroit Tigers), pitcher Tyler Higgins (Seattle Mariners) and pitcher Kevin Chapman (Tigers).
Stassi appeared in 40 games for New Britain this season after being released from Triple-A by the Minnesota Twins organization and was dominant at the plate with a .361 batting average. He added five home runs, four triples, 11 doubles, 36 RBI and 32 runs scored.
“Brock has been an impact player in the Atlantic League since joining our team in June,” Bees General Manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “It’s great for him to receive this opportunity and wish him the best of luck in his journey going forward.”
It won’t be Stassi’s first stint with a major league organization. Last season Stassi had 51 at bats as a member of the Philadelphia Phillies. He hit .167 with a pair of home runs and 22 strikeouts.