NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees have added another former big leaguer and a former New York Yankees draft pick to their roster.
The team announced the signings of left-handed reliever Adam Loewen and infielder Vicente Conde Tuesday afternoon.
“These two players are important additions as we are making our stretch run for the first half,” Bees general manager Brad Smith said in a statement. “Adam is another big-league arm that will give us valuable innings out of our bullpen, while Vicente adds solid defense up the middle and a good approach at the plate.”
This will be Loewen’s first time in the Atlantic League in what is his 16th season in professional baseball. Prior to joining the Bees, the former MLB pitcher began the season with Triple-A Round Rock of the Texas Rangers organization. In five appearances, the posted a 1.80 ERA with four strikeouts in five innings pitched.
The 34-year-old has had an interesting career. Originally selected fourth overall by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2002 MLB amateur draft, Loewen made his Major League debut with them in 2006 at the age of 22.
He spent three years with the Orioles before signing with the Toronto Blues Jays to be a position player.
From 2009-13 he spent time with the Blue Jays and the New York Mets organizations as a hitter, reaching the Majors in 2010 with Toronto. Loewen then returned to the mound in 2014 with the Philadelphia Phillies organization, making the big leagues the following season. He spent 2016 with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
In 63 career Major League appearances (29 starts) as a pitcher, he owns a 10-8 record with a 5.85 ERA and 159 strikeouts in 189.1 innings pitched.
Conde joins the Bees for his first season in the Atlantic League during his fifth of professional baseball. Before coming to New Britain, he spent time with the Trenton Thunder, the Yankees Double-A affiliate, appearing in 24 games this year.
The 24-year-old was drafted by New York in the ninth round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft out of Vanderbilt University.
In 321 career minor league games, Conde owns a .206 batting average with 12 home runs, 56 doubles, 105 RBI and 133 runs scored.
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