June 12, 2009

Former Trinity Baseball Players Bayer, Killeen Join Boston Red Sox Organization

Courtesy Trinity Sports Information

HARTFORD, Conn. - The Boston Red Sox selected Trinity College senior RHP Jeremiah Bayer (Greenfield, Mass.) in the 30th round of Major League Baseball's Amateur Draft, and Bantam senior catcher Sean Killeen (Greenfield, Mass.) signed a free agent contract with the Red Sox shortly after the conclusion of the draft.

Bayer was selected as the 2009 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Division III Pitcher of the Year and the D3Baseball.com National Pitcher of the Year, he was selected to the D3Baseball.com All-American First Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III All-American First Team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III All-New England Team, and for the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Senior All-Star Game on June 4 in Brockton, Mass. Bayer was also chosen as the NCBWA and the NEIBA Division III Pitcher of the Year, and was selected to the All-NEIBA First Team. He was also the NESCAC Pitcher of the Year and a NESCAC First-Team selection for a Trinity team that has made two straight Div. III World Series appearances, while compiling an astounding 78-8 record.

Killeen was selected to the D3Baseball.com All-American First Team, the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Division III All-American First Team, the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III All-New England Team, and for the New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association (NEIBA) Senior All-Star Game. Killeen also made the All-NEIBA First Team and was named both the NCBWA and the NESCAC Player of the Year.

Killeen reached base in every game this season, the second consecutive season he has achieved such a feat. In his career, he has reached base in all but nine of the 159 games he played in. Eight of those games were losses. Killeen, who has a career record of 125-34 at Trinity, ends his season having reached base in every single game since March 21, 2007. He had an astounding 21 multi-hit games this season, 21 in 2008, 15 in 2007, and 11 as a rookie in 2006. Killen racked up three hits or more in 30 games in his career, including 13 four-hit performances.

Seven Trinity players - Bayer, Killeen, Jonah Bayliss (Royals, Pirates, Bluejays), Jeff Natale (Red Sox), Kurt Piantek (Tigers), Thomas DiBenedetto (Red Sox), and Tim Kiely (Angels) - have now continued their baseball careers at the professional level in the past seven years, and Bayliss became the first NESCAC player in 10 years to appear in a major league game in 2006.

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