NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Beesâ€™ roster looks a lot different to the one it fielded back in April to start the regular season. Trades, injuries and purchased contracts have caused for a large amount of turnover, which isnâ€™t surprising for an Atlantic League team.
With the drastic turnover comes a pack of new faces. How have those newer names been adjusting to their new surroundings? From the lineup to the pitching staff, letâ€™s check in on how the teamâ€™s midseason acquisitions are doing in a Bees uniform:
BRIAN MAYER, CATCHER
The New Jersey native is one of the Beesâ€™ more recent acquisitions, having been brought over from the Canadian American Association of Professional Baseball (commonly referred to as the Can-Am League). Mayer replaced Tyler Clark to share backstop duties with Logan Moore, and so far through 12 games, Mayer has just four hits in 24 at-bats, though two of those hits have been for extra bases.
Clark batted just .211 before leaving the team, so there isnâ€™t too much offensive production that needs to be replaced, but the Bees hope that as Mayer settles into his new role, he can pick things up at the plate.
RYAN JACKSON, INF
The former major leaguer was brought to the Bees in a deal with the Sugar Land Skeeters, where he played in 53 games and batted .251 overall. The 31-year-old played in 42 big league games in his career, splitting time with the St. Louis Cardinals and the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.
Since joining New Britain, Jackson has appeared in 14 games and lifted his season batting average to .270 with a .668 OPS. The Bees were especially happy to have him on Tuesday night, when he ripped a walk-off single to right field to beat the High Point Rockers in the bottom of the ninth.
MIKE CARP, INF
The former World Series champion with the Red Sox was signed just after the All-Star break, ending a span of three seasons in which Carp didnâ€™t play professional baseball. Carp battled a nagging hamstring injury when he first arrived in New Britain and still isnâ€™t used in an everyday role, but through 21 games, Carp is batting .294 with a .764 OPS and two home runs.
ZACH COLLIER, OF
Collier was part of the influx of signings the Bees executed when Carp was brought in, and while the 28-year-old has cooled off after a hot start to his New Britain tenure, he has still posted respectable numbers overall.
A former member of the Lancaster Barnstormers, Collier has played in 19 games for the Bees and holds an .814 OPS and six stolen bases.
AKEEL MORRIS, P
Morris arrived in New Britain in July and stormed out to a fast start, becoming one of manager Mauro Gozzoâ€™s most reliable arms in the pitching staff. He has run into trouble of late, watching his season ERA climb to 5.27 with a WHIP of 1.37 in 56 1/3 innings. Morris could benefit from improved control, having walked 24 batters so far this season.
DAVID ROSEBOOM, P
The former Mets draft pick has been one of the Beesâ€™ best in-season signings so far this season. The southpaw starter continued to show his worth on Tuesday night, tossing seven innings and allowing just one earned run on three hits, while striking out five and walking just one.
In 24 2/3 innings over five starts so far, Roseboom holds a 4.01 ERA.
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