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Bees Bolster Bullpen

(New Britain, Conn., September 4, 2019) – The New Britain Bees today announced the acquisitions of pitchers Grant Black and Dakota Smith.

“These are both big additions to our pitching staff as we close out the season and continue to make a postseason push,” says Bees General Manager Brad Smith. “Grant and Dakota have had very impressive seasons so far and we look forward to their continued success with our club.”

Grant Black heads to New Britain for his second season of professional baseball and first in the Atlantic League after being acquired in a trade with Gateway of the Frontier League. Prior to joining the Bees in 2019, he appeared in 51 games for the Grizzlies, posting a 2.41 ERA with 65 strikeouts and nine saves over the course of 52.1 innings of work.

The 25-year-old made his professional debut with Gateway last year after finishing up his collegiate career with Arkansas-Monticello. In 86 career minor league outings, Grant owns a 3.36 ERA with 128 strikeouts and 16 saves in 101.2 innings pitched.

Dakota Smith joins the Bees for his fifth season of professional baseball and first in the Atlantic League after being acquired in a trade with Gateway of the Frontier League. Prior to heading to New Britain, he appeared in 45 games for the Grizzlies in 2019, collecting a 3.47 ERA with 53 strikeouts over the course of 49.1 innings of work.

The 26-year-old made his professional debut with Gateway in 2015 after completing a successful collegiate career at the University of Kansas. After two years with the Grizzlies, he was signed by the Boston Red Sox and spent a couple campaigns with the Red Sox affiliates, reaching as high at Single-A.

In 108 career minor league outings, Dakota owns a 16-15 record with a 3.74 ERA and 251 strikeouts in 284.0 innings pitched.

About the New Britain Bees
The New Britain Bees are members of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, and play their home games at New Britain Stadium. For information on tickets packages, group outings and sponsorships call 860-826-BEES (2337) or visit NBBees.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com

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