Ex-Brooklyn Cyclone Mike Hepple rejoins New Britain Bees for second season in Connecticut


By Jerry Del Priore

Mike Hepple
Mike Hepple with the Brooklyn Cyclones in 2014.

The New Britain Bees of the independent Athletic League re-signed former Brooklyn Cyclone right-hander Mike Hepple to a contract for the 2018 campaign, the team announced today.

Hepple rejoins the Bees for his sixth season of professional baseball and second in New Britain. Last year, the Harford, Connecticut-born hurler appeared in 43 games and posted a 2-2 record with a 3.23 ERA and 61 strikeouts across of 55.2 innings pitched.

Prior to that, the 6-foot-5-inch 27-year-old spent three seasons in the New York Mets’ organization, reaching as high as Double-A Binghamton, where he posted a 2-3 record with a 6.30 ERA in 20 innings in 16 tilts.

A non-drafted free agent, Hepple played with Brooklyn of the short-season A New-Penn League (NYPL) during the 2014 season, going 2-0 with a 1.93 ERA in 23.1 innings of work in 13 games.

Hepple began his pro career with the Washington Wild Things of the independent Frontier League in 2013.

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