Lake Erie Crushers

Wednesday, September 19, 2012
Ben Klafczynski signs with Boston

AVON, Ohio -- Lake Erie Crushers reliever Ben Klafczynski is getting another shot in affiliated ball, as his contract has been sold to the Boston Red Sox. 

Klafczynski played a pivotal role in John Massarelli’s bullpen during the 2012 season, going 4-1 over 31 relief appearances with a save, and a 2.22 ERA.  In addition, Klafczynski tossed 6.1 scoreless innings of relief over his final five appearances of the season and tossed 10 consecutive scoreless innings between July 27 and Aug. 7.  The Granger Township, Ohio, native, allowed just two earned runs over his final 16 appearances of the season.

It will not be Klafczynksi’s first go around in affiliated ball, but it will be his first as a pitcher.  The former Kent State University standout was drafted by the Chicago Cubs in the 20th round of the 2011 draft, and was drafted as an outfielder.  The accomplishment marks the second season in a row that a Crushers’ reliever has been signed by the Red Sox.  After the 2011 season, the Red Sox signed Lake Erie’s closer, Ruben Flores to a minor league deal.    

“We are very pleased and happy for Ben that he was able to catch the eye of an affiliated club,” said Steven Edelson, Principle member and Chairman of the Crushers.  “He had an outstanding season for us, and we wish him nothing but the best with Boston.”

by Andy Barch

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