NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees have suffered a setback after their incredible 10-game winning streak, dropping four of their last five games against the High Point Rockers and the Long Island Ducks.
Despite the inopportune hiccup, the Bees’ recent surge has helped a number of players climb near the top of the Atlantic League leaderboards, thanks to consistent play that hasn’t wavered since the early weeks of spring.
Following are a few names that have been steadily producing for Mauro Gozzo’s club this year, with some names that have heated up even more of late.
After a selection to the Liberty Division All-Star team last season, Galvez is putting together an encore performance that will almost certainly be worthy of another trip to the Atlantic League’s version of the Midsummer Classic. The infielder currently holds an OPS of .958, good for the second highest mark in the league. His .322 batting average is a substantial improvement from his mark of .277 last year, in what was a solid overall season.
Galvez’s six home runs don’t jump off the stat sheet, but he has already laced 12 doubles, which comes in as the fourth-most in the league this year. Galvez’s balls might not be clearing the wall, but they’re finding gaps and boosting his OPS in the process, which the Bees are likely more than happy with.
Alejandro De Aza
The Bees’ most experienced major league player has been everything they could have hoped for in his first year with the team.
Not only has De Aza been a steady defender in center field, but his bat has been among the best on the team. His .939 OPS is the fourth-best mark in the Atlantic League, and his 14 doubles are just one behind the league leader. Between De Aza and Galvez, the Bees have ‘doubled’ opposing pitchers to death, especially during the extended winning streak that helped them climb over the .500 mark.
De Aza has been a mark of consistency for the Bees this year, currently sitting in the top five in the league in a number of other offensive categories, including batting average (.345), on base percentage (.406), RBI (28) and runs scored (26). He has arguably been the most valuable bat in Gozzo’s lineup thus far.
Last season, Rogers showed his innate ability to get on base by posting a .397 OBP, but he’s improving on that already impressive mark this year, ranking third in the league and just behind De Aza with a .401 OBP.
The rest of Rogers’ numbers aren’t overwhelming (his .803 OPS is slightly above league average), but getting on base holds plenty of value, especially with bats like De Aza and Galvez waiting to drive in runs, so Rogers has been doing the job so far and keeping the line moving for the Bees offense.
In his first season with the Bees, Amarista has officially settled in, using a single in Wednesday night’s loss to extend his hitting streak to 15 games, matching De Aza for the longest team mark of the season so far.
Amarista’s streak has helped jolt his numbers up to very respectable marks, as he is now slashing .305/.345/.506 on the season. His seven home runs have shown that Amarista can hit for far more than just average, and his 50 hits on the year are the second-most in the league, trailing only Dante Bichette Jr. of High Point.
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