2013 Year in Review. June. (1) Bierfeldt taken by O's in 29th round....
TORRINGTON: After a while, Torrington native Conor Bierfeldt just didn’t want to listen anymore.
Waiting to find out if he was going to be picked by a major league team in the 2013 player draft was getting rough.
Think about it. You’ve waited your whole life for this moment and time was not friend.
With every passing round, the anxiety grew until he just had to take his mind off things and go out.
Late Saturday though, he got a text message from former Torrington Twister general manager and current Baltimore Orioles scout, Kurt Fredricksson saying he was about to be taken in the 29th round.
“Kurt had called me on Friday and said I might be going in the 10th round.” It was between me and another player.” Bierfeldt said. “He called me back later to say they had gone with the other kid but that I was still on their board.”
So Friday came and went and bled into Saturday. Probable felt like blood because the pain of the wait was relentless.
“I stayed at school (Western CT) overnight and my friends kept telling what rounds they were in.” Bierfeldt said. “I just had to stop paying attention to it for a while.”
All good things come to those who wait and finally late this afternoon, Fredricksson send a text that made it all worth the wait.
“I was at home with my brother (Shane) and my parents (Jim and Mary Kehoe) when I heard it on the computer. My parents were in the other room but I told my brother to pay attention and I turned it up. It was an incredible moment.” Bierfeldt said.
He was picked in the 29th round by the same team that brought him down on Monday for a tryout and the team that picked a teammate of his from last year, Michael Joseph at the end of the 2012 season.
Alex Moore, a pitcher a year ago here in Torrington was also picked up by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 28th round.
All Bierfeldt (who was an absolute beast at the plate for Western the past two season as well as his time as a Titan) wants to do is get a chance to play.
“That’s all I want, just an opportunity.” Bierfeldt said. “I know I can hit and I will work as hard as anybody to prove I can make it.”