Bees Sign OF Jones, East Hartford Native Rosa

Bees roster now at seven signed players for inaugural 2016 season

(New Britain, Conn., March 22, 2016) - New Britain team officials today announced that the club has signed outfielder Jon Jones and corner infielder/outfielder Jovan Rosa for the 2016 season.

The 5’11”, 185 lbs. Jones spent last season with the Gary SouthShoreRailCats, batting .314 with 22 doubles and 19 stolen bases. The 26-year old outfielder was originally drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 29th round of the 2010 MLB Amateur Draft, spending 5 season in Toronto’s system. A native of Vacaville, California, the right-handed hitting and fielding Jones has seen action at all three outfield positions, primarily playing center field.

Born in Santurce, Puerto Rico, the 28-year old Rosa graduated from East Hartford High School in 2005, and was drafted out of Florida Gateway College by the Chicago Cubs in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. After spending 4 seasons with the Cubs organization, the 6’ 3”, 225 lbs. Rosa split time between the Bridgeport Bluefish and the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs last season, combining for a batting average of .261 with nine home runs, 21 doubles, and 55 RBIs in 102 games played.

“We’re excited to welcome Jon and Jovan to the Bees’ roster,” said Bees’ Manager Stan. Cliburn. “Jones brings a quality bat and versatility to the outfield, and we’re looking forward to having a local player in Jovan on the roster this season.”

About the New Britain Bees

The New Britain Bees are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball and will begin their inaugural season of play at New Britain Stadium on April 21 against the York Revolution. For further information or to become a season ticket holder, email [email protected] or call 860-826-BEES (2337).

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League is the most innovative league in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball. In the league’s 18-year history, over 34 million fans have attended ALPB games and more than 800 players have joined MLB organizations.The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcases the talent of top-caliber players and offers affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population. ALPB clubs serve the communities of Bridgeport and New Britain, Conn., Lancaster and York, Pa., Central Islip, N.Y., Bridgewater, N.J., Waldorf, Md., and Sugar Land, Texas.

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