Bierfeldt piles up the honors, awaits draft on Tuesday....
TORRINGTON: The excitement is building in one local baseball house as former Torrington High School star, Connor Bierfeldt gets ready for the Major League Baseball Draft which starts on Tuesday.
On Monday, Bierfeldt worked out at Camden Yards in Baltimore for the Orioles who asked him to make the trip with his catching gear.
Upwards of six teams have been looking at the former Raider over the past year as he tore the cover off the baseball at Western Connecticut State.
“The Red Sox and Cubs came to see me at school this year.” Bierfeldt said. “The Orioles called and wanted me to attend a workout. It was an okay day, I thought it could have gone better but we’ll see what happens.”
Bierfeldt and several other players ran through some basic workouts including infield and outfield drills, session in the bullpen with different pitchers and throwing to second from behind the plate.
Batting practice was included, with about 25 pitches per player.
Word is, the big guy took a few deep.
“I took a couple over the leftfield wall.” Bierfeldt said. “It felt good.”
On hand were O’s General Manager Dan Duquette and manager Buck Showalter, who Bierfeldt did not meet but heard he was in the dugout.
According to the O’s draft information board on the team’s web-site, catchers are listed as a need which could help Bierfeldt immensely.
The bat has always been there, finding a position that makes him more valuable to a club is a great move.
He doesn’t have an agent, he’s got the best help available. His family.
It seems to come down to three teams at the moment. The O’s, the Royals and the Marlins.
Bierfeldt just wants to hear that phone ring over the next three days.
As do we…..Best of luck young man. We’ll be watching.
From the Western Connecticut State University web-site.
Honors and Awards: Scholar Athlete of the Year, All-Conference Baseball, All-New England Baseball, All-American Baseball
Conor Bierfeldt was a baseball standout at Torrington High School, playing outfield and even throwing the occasional pitch. When it came time to select a college, he wanted to stay close to home, attend a good business school and play baseball. "I was recruited by Springfield, Endicott and Suffolk," he says. "I came here because of proximity, as well as the vibe I got when I came to meet Coach Susi, watched a practice and also got to stay a night on a recruiting visit with some players on the team. Western met all those criteria."
Bierfeldt chose marketing as his major because, he says, "I found it interesting enough to want to learn more about it."
Baseball coaches John Susi and Bill Walton served as mentors for Bierfeldt. "It was nice to have them to help through the first semester of freshman year," he says. "Over the years, they've been there whenever a problem or question comes up that I wasn't sure how to handle. Because they've been through it before with others, it was nice to have them for support whenever I needed help, on campus, off campus, academically, anything."
Asked what he will remember most about his Western experience, Bierfeldt says, "My best memories are sports-related — playing baseball or going to other sports events."
Bierfeldt’s advice to new students entering WCSU is: "Be curious and willing to try everything. Immerse yourself in anything you are interested in. The more you do, the more fun you'll have."