NEW BRITAIN - The Atlantic League All-Star Game is just days away, and when it begins in York, Pennsylvania, a group of New Britain Bees will be in uniform to represent the best in the league.
Four members of the Bees roster were selected to represent the Liberty Division in the All-Star Game, with two pitchers - Jim Fuller and Devin Burke - and two position players - Jonathan Galvez and Logan Moore - earning the honor.
“We’re very happy for these four players and honored to have them represent the Bees and the Liberty Division during the 2019 Atlantic League All-Star Game,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “They have all contributed greatly to our team during the first half and are very deserving of this honor.”
This season saw a change in the voting process, as fan ballots were collected rather than coach’s inputs, and the fans chose a large contingent of Bees players, who have ranked near the top of the league in a number of offensive categories this season.
Galvez highlights the Bees bats that will be heading to York, as the second baseman is currently fourth in the Atlantic League with a .313 batting average while holding a team-high .888 OPS. This will be Galvez’s third All-Star selection, having earned the honor last season with the Bees and in 2016 with the Bridgeport Bluefish.
Moore will be behind the plate for the Liberty Division as one of the stronger defensive backstops in the league, while recording five multi-hit games for the Bees this season. Moore currently boasts a .992 fielding percentage and has thrown out 31 percent of runners from behind the plate.
Burke joined the Bees for his second season with the team back in May, and has been solid on the mound since his arrival, tallying a 3.09 ERA with 30 strikeouts in 35 innings. Burke has helped the Bees both in the bullpen and in the rotation this season, having appeared in 14 games and started five of them.
Jim Fuller ‘closes’ out the Bees representatives after rocketing up the team’s bullpen ranks and handling closing duties for manager Mauro Gozzo. Fuller recorded eight holds before taking over ninth-inning duties and compiling nine saves so far this season. He boasts impressive numbers that include a 1.27 ERA and a 0.74 WHIP, the second-best mark in the league among pitchers who have thrown at least 20 innings.
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