Somerset Patriots RHP Tyler Cloyd’s Contract Purchased By Mariners

Cloyd To MLB WebBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd’s contract has been purchased by the Seattle Mariners. He will report to the Triple-A Tacoma Rainiers.

Cloyd previously enjoyed a brief stint with the Patriots in 2017, when he owned a 1.50 ERA over three starts. He also struck out 16 batters over just 12 innings of work before his contract was purchased by the Mariners that season. He was later promoted from Tacoma to Seattle just 27 days after his last performance as a Patriot, becoming the 18th player in franchise history to record service at the Major League level after donning a Somerset uniform.

The Papillon, Nebraska native first broke into the majors in 2012 with the Philadelphia Phillies. A former 18th round pick of the team in the 2008 Amateur Draft, Cloyd earned four wins with 71 strikeouts over 19 games (17 starts) over two seasons in the big leagues with Philadelphia. After getting back to “The Show” with the Mariners in 2017, he signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agent for the 2018 season, eventually getting back to the majors to strike out 13 batters over 17.2 innings in seven relief appearances.

Cloyd signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in 2016, a year prior to joining the Patriots. There, he posted a 1.37 ERA over four games before his season was cut short due to injury.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha alumnus spent the first six seasons of his professional career in the Phillies system before pitching with Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2014. Cloyd’s best season as a pro came in 2012 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. That year, he went 12-1 and led the International League in ERA (2.35). He was named an International League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star that year, along with MiLB.com Organizational All-Star and the league’s Most Valuable Pitcher honors. Topps also named Cloyd a 2012 Triple-A All-Star and the International League Player of the Year.

Cloyd most recently spent Spring Training this year in the Tampa Bay Rays camp.
He has commanded an 88-70 record with a 4.13 ERA, seven complete games and three total shutouts over 288 games (226 starts) in his 11-year professional career.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Sign MLB Infielder And Pitcher From New Brunswick

Navarro and Ziemba BlogsBridgewater, NJ– The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of Major League infielder Rey Navarro and local left-handed pitcher James Ziemba.

Navarro enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and second season in the Atlantic League.  He briefly played for the Sugar Land Skeeters in 2018 and hit .545 with two home runs before having his contract purchased by the New York Yankees.

Navarro has Major League service with the Baltimore Orioles, where he appeared in ten games during the 2015 season. For his MLB career, Navarro has a .276 batting average with five runs scored, eight hits, two doubles, a home run and three RBI.

The Caguas, Puerto Rico native’s baseball career began back in 2007 as a third-round pick of the Arizona Diamondbacks. He would complete three years of service with the organization before getting traded to the Kansas City Royals in 2010.

He spent the 2018 season at the Double-A level for the Seattle Mariners and Yankees organizations. In 2017, Navarro had a strong year at Triple-A Salt Lake, posting a .278 average with 137 hits, seven home runs and 82 RBI.

Navarro also has minor league service with the Cincinnati Reds and Los Angeles Angels. Over 1,224 minor league games, Navarro owns a .263 average with 72 home runs, 516 RBI and 88 stolen bases.

In addition to Navarro, the Patriots boosted their pitching staff by signing Ziemba, a New Brunswick native entering his first season with the Somerset Patriots and the Atlantic League.

The 24-year old lefty is a Duke University alumni that spent the past two seasons in the Angels farm system.

After a successful high school career with St. Joseph’s in Edison, Ziemba was a 22nd round selection in the 2017 MLB Amateur draft by the Angels.

In his two professional seasons with Orem (Pioneer League) and Burlington (Midwest League), he owns an 8-2 record with a 3.76 ERA and 94 strikeouts in over 110 innings of work.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.    For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Fan Fest Signals Start Of 2019 Season Coming

Fan Fest BlogsBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots officially kicked off the 2019 pre-season with the team’s annual Fan Fest on Saturday, April 13th.

Thousands converged at TD Bank Ballpark to enjoy the various festivities throughout the free event designed to get fans excited for the start of the upcoming season, beginning on Friday, April 26th at home.

“Fan Fest is just one of those special days where you get to celebrate the new season and catch up with old friends,” said Somerset Patriots Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle. “It’s always an amazing thing to see how excited the fans are to come out and show their love and support for our team. We can’t wait to get this thing started.”

Lyle once again headlined the autograph session that featured the most players and coaches in Fan Fest history. Fans were able to take pictures and get signatures from manager Brett Jodie and his coaching staff comprised of Jon Hunton, Glen Barker, and Fox Beyer. 13 players then followed in two shifts that included returning players Alfredo Rodriguez, Mike Fransoso, Scott Kelly, Yovan Gonzalez, Vince Molesky, Mike Antonini, Nate Roe, Justin Pacchioli, Zech Zinicola, and David Kubiak. Fans had their first chance to meet new roster members James Pugliese, Steve Nyisztor, and Will Kengor.

The perfect weather provided a beautiful setting for a 19th Century style Base Ball game on the field between the Flemington Neshanock and the Elizabeth Resolutes.

Dozens of Somerset Patriots partners set up throughout the property to interact with fans, offer opportunities to win prizes, take home giveaways, benefit from special offers, sample products, and learn about the different participating businesses and organizations.

Young fans and kids at heart were entertained by Patriots Mascot Sparkee and his pal Slider. Melzo The Clown worked her magic and provided face painting for children all event long.

At the conclusion of the vintage baseball game, all the kids in attendance were able to run the bases.

“We couldn’t have asked for a nicer day at the ballpark,” said Somerset Patriots President/ General Manager Patrick McVerry. “This event signals that it’s time to gear up for the season and let our fans know we are almost there. Thank you to the best fans and partners in all of baseball for making today so special.”

The 2019 Season presented by Ford begins with Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark on Friday, April 26th versus the New Britain Bees. The game features a Post Game Fireworks Show and Schedule Magnets presented by Somerset Health Care Foundation. For tickets, stop by the box office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Sign 2017 ALPB Batting Champ D’Arby Myers

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced that outfielder and former Atlantic League batting champ D’Arby Myers has been signed for the 2019 season.

“I’m real excited to join the Patriots and to get everything rolling,” said Myers. Myers IG

Myers enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and third in the Atlantic League. He previously played for the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2016) and the Bridgeport Bluefish (2017).

Myers enjoyed the best season of his professional career in Bridgeport. The speedy outfielder posted a career-best .337 average in 2017 to lead the league in hitting while adding four home runs, 43 RBI, 63 runs scored and a career-high 31 stolen bases over 96 games. He slashed .280 with seven home runs, 44 RBI and 29 stolen bases over 102 games with the Blue Crabs the year prior.

Overall, the 30-year-old brings a combined .308 average with 11 home runs, 87 RBI and 60 stolen bases to the Patriots over his previous 198 games in the Atlantic League.

“We are thrilled to add D’Arby to our 2019 roster,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “D’Arby adds extreme athleticism to our team. He is a great defender in the outfield who can play all three positions. Myers is also a proven hitter in our league, has some power, can drive in runs, and also hit for average. Plus, his speed creates a lot of problems for opposing teams. D’Arby is a valuable weapon and we are very happy to have him on our side.”

Myers split the majority of his 2018 season in the Baltimore Orioles organization between Double-A Bowie and Triple-A Norfolk. He posted a .274 average with 14 RBI and eight stolen bases over his 55 combined games between the two levels.

The 6’3” outfielder was a fourth round pick by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft. He began his minor league career as an 18-year-old out of high school, playing for Single-A Williamsport, later going on to spend seven seasons in the Phillies system.

Myers has also spent time in the Oakland Athletics and Los Angeles Angels organizations. He owns a .266 batting average with 23 home runs, 237 RBI and 131 stolen bases over his 11 seasons in the minors.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Bring Back Four-Year Big Leaguer Tyler Cloyd

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced that four-year Major Leaguer and former Patriot right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd has been signed for the 2019 season.

“I’m excited to be back in Somerset,” said Cloyd. “My experience there in 2017 was great! The whole organization and the fans are amazing. I cannot wait to get the season going.” Cloyd IG19

Cloyd enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League. The 6’3” righty enjoyed a brief stint with the club in 2017, when he owned a 1.50 ERA over three starts for Somerset. Cloyd also struck out 16 batters over just 12 innings of work before his contract was purchased by the Seattle Mariners. He was later promoted from Triple-A Tacoma to Seattle just 27 days after his last performance as a Patriot, becoming the 18th player in franchise history to record service at the Major League level after donning a Somerset uniform.

The Papillon, Nebraska native first broke into the majors in 2012 with the Philadelphia Phillies. A former 18th round pick of the team in the 2008 Amateur Draft, Cloyd earned four wins with 71 strikeouts over 19 games (17 starts) over two seasons in the big leagues with Philadelphia. After getting back to “The Show” with the Mariners in 2017, he signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agent for the 2018 season, eventually getting back to the majors to strike out 13 batters over 17.2 innings in seven relief appearances.

“We are extremely happy to be joined again by Tyler,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Tyler was with us for a brief time in 2017 before he was picked up by Seattle and eventually called up to the big leagues. He is a great teammate and a leader on the mound. The defense loves to play behind him as he works fast and fills up the zone. Tyler will be a nice fit to our rotation and we hope he has the same outcome as he had his first time here.”

Cloyd signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in 2016, a year prior to joining the Patriots. There, he posted a 1.37 ERA over four games before his season was cut short due to injury.

The University of Nebraska at Omaha alumnus spent the first six seasons of his professional career in the Phillies system before pitching with Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2014. Cloyd’s best season as a pro came in 2012 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. That year, he went 12-1 and led the International League in ERA (2.35). He was named an International League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star that year, along with MiLB.com Organizational All-Star and the league’s Most Valuable Pitcher honors. Topps also named Cloyd a 2012 Triple-A All-Star and the International League Player of the Year.

Cloyd most recently spent Spring Training this year in the Tampa Bay Rays camp.

He has commanded an 88-70 record with a 4.13 ERA, seven complete games and three total shutouts over 288 games (226 starts) in his 11-year professional career.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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