NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees have added a significant name to their roster.
The Futures League team announced the signing of former North Carolina and current UConn baseball player Ben Caspairus on Monday.
“Ben is a very talented ballplayer who is from our area and will help bring versatility to our group,” Bees General Manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “He’s played at a big-time program in UNC and now again at UConn after transferring. We can’t wait to be able to showcase him to our fans in New Britain.”
A Westport native, the right-handed pitcher and infielder was the 2017 Connecticut Gatorade High School Player of the Year at Staples and became the all-time high school hits leader in the state of Connecticut before signing with the Tar Heels. In his first season at Chapel Hill, Casparius compiled a .316 batting average with 18 hits and 15 RBI. As a pitcher, he made 10 appearances and compiled a 1.69 ERA.
But as a sophomore, Casparius struggled. His ERA jumped to 4.76 over 12 relief appearances and he hit .179 with nine RBI. He then made the decision to transfer to UConn in the spring of 2019, but had to sit out the season due to NCAA transfer rules.
The Bees are currently in last place in the Futures League standings at 3-10 and have lost five straight. They play on Tuesday night at the Westfield Starfires.