Somerset Patriots Pitcher Scott Copeland’s Contract Purchased By New York Mets

Copeland-BlogBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-hand pitcher Scott Copeland’s contract has been purchased by the New York Mets. He is expected to report to Double-A Binghamton.

 

The 6’3” righty broke into the big leagues in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays. That year, Copeland went 1-1 over five games (three starts) with six strikeouts. He had gone 11-6 with a 2.95 ERA over 21 games (20 starts) for Triple-A Buffalo earlier that season to earn his promotion to the majors.

 

The Longview, Texas native began the 2016 season in Korea before he posted a 3.04 ERA over nine starts with Buffalo to end the season. He returned to the Triple-A level last year in New Orleans (Miami Marlins) where he was ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in multiple categories. Copeland led the league in starts (26), was tied for third in wins (9), fourth in strikeouts (118), and fifth in innings pitched (137.2).

 

Copeland began his professional career in the Baltimore Orioles organization before joining the Blue Jays in 2013. He has pitched at the Triple-A level in each of the last four seasons with a 3.70 ERA. The University of Southern Mississippi alum owns 61 wins and a 4.15 ERA over his eight-year professional career.

 

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

 

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Somerset Patriots Sign RHP David Palladino

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed right-handed pitcher David Palladino for the 2018 season.

Palladino enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’8” righty spent the first five years of his professional career in the New York Yankees organization. He most recently split time between Low-A Staten Island and High-A Tampa in 2017. Palladino went 2-1 with a 0.98 ERA and 38 strikeouts over 27.2 innings pitched in his 15 combined appearances last year. Palladino-Blog

Conversations between the Emerson, New Jersey native and the Patriots began immediately once Palladino gained his release from the Yankees. He was invited to Somerset’s open tryouts so that the coaching staff could get a final look before his contract was finalized.

“Jon [Hunton] and I both talked to him after his release date and we were very excited about what he could bring here,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We were pretty high on him just based on our conversations, but we wanted to get our eyes on him too. We invited him to the tryout and he came out and impressed us again today. Palladino was what our reports said he was and we are excited to get him in camp.”

Palladino was originally drafted in the 13th round of the 2011 MLB draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers out of Emerson High School, but he instead opted to play college ball at Howard College (Big Spring, Texas). The Yankees took him in the 5th round of the 2013 MLB draft two years later.

The former Emerson Cavalier owns a 21-20 record with a 4.10 ERA, seven saves and an 8.9 K/BB ratio over his five-year professional career.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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RWJ Somerset Athletic Trainer Phil Lee Returns To Somerset Patriots

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and RWJ Somerset have announced that Phil Lee will return as the team’s official athletic trainer for the 2018 season.

“I had a great time in my first year with Somerset last season,” said Lee. “I cannot wait for the team to return and for us to get started.” Phil-Blog

Lee enters his second season as the athletic trainer of the Somerset Patriots. As the athletic trainer, Lee oversaw the daily health and fitness of the entire team and coaching staff. His responsibilities ranged from on-site injury treatment, to injury-prevention warm-ups, performance-enhancing workouts and stretching routines, along with nutritional advice.

The Ontario, Canada native is a certified athletic trainer and Performance Fitness coach with RWJ Somerset Sports Physical Therapy & Performance Center. He is now also in his second season with RWJBarnabas Health, the official healthcare provider of the Somerset Patriots. Lee graduated in 2014 from East Stroudsburg University with his B.S. in Athletic Training, and is a certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist.

Lee has previous work experience in the Philadelphia Phillies and Milwaukee Brewers organizations. He also spent time with the New Jersey Devils. Lee has worked professionally in sports in a variety of capacities since 2006 and brings a lot of experience to the Patriots.

RWJBarnabas Health is an official athletic training partner with the Patriots as well as 10 regional school districts and Rutgers University Athletics. For more information on RWJBH’s athletic services, visit www.rwjbh.org/athletictraining.

The Sports Physical Therapy & Performance Center, located within TD Bank Ballpark, provides Physical Therapy and Performance Fitness solutions for the local community. Helping you get back in the game with rehab for sport, work and life, Sports Physical Therapy provides sports-injury and orthopedic rehabilitation for all ages. If fitness is your goal as an adult or an athlete, experience the attention and results of small group fitness and performance coaching! Move better, feel stronger, accomplish more – together, with Performance Fitness!

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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Somerset Patriots Re-Sign MLB Southpaw Aaron Laffey

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed eight-year Major League veteran left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey for the 2018 season.

“I am very excited to come back to Somerset,” said Laffey. “If I am going to play anywhere, it would be here. The professionalism with the Patriots is second to none. The Atlantic League is the best league to be in, and Somerset is the best place to play in here.” Laffey-Blog

Laffey enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League. The southpaw carried a 1-1 record with a 2.82 ERA over four starts with the Patriots last year, including five shutout innings with seven strikeouts in his first start of the year. He struck out 19 batters over 22 innings before his contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization on May 15. He went 5-3 over 21 appearances (13 starts) with Triple-A Reno to finish his 2017 season.

The Ridgeley, West Virginia resident has eight years of service in the big leagues, including four seasons with the Cleveland Indians (2007-10), half of a season split between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees (2011) and time with the Toronto Blue Jays (2012-13), New York Mets (2013) and Colorado Rockies (2015). Over 156 games in the majors (68 starts), Laffey recorded 26 wins with a 4.44 ERA in 494.1 innings of work.

“We are extremely excited to be joined again by Aaron,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Laffey is a tremendous person first and a great leader in our clubhouse. Aaron also brings a lot of experience to our staff with eight years in the big leagues. Anytime you can add a guy with the combination of high character and ability, you do it. Laffey is that person and we are fortunate to have him with us.”

Laffey has pitched exclusively in the majors, Triple-A level or with the Patriots over the last seven seasons. In 2016, Laffey went 6-6 with a 3.82 ERA over 29 games (14 starts) with Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington Nationals organization. The year prior, he went 5-4 over 27 games (12 starts) with Triple-A Albuquerque before earning a promotion to the majors with the Rockies. Laffey carries a 47-38 record over 157 games (114 starts) at the Triple-A level.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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Somerset Patriots Sign All-Star LHP Chase Huchingson

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed 2017 Atlantic League All-Star left-handed pitcher Chase Huchingson for the 2018 season. His rights were acquired in a trade with the York Revolution in exchange for the rights to right-handed pitcher Mitch Atkins.

“I am very excited to be a part of the Patriots family,” said Huchingson. “The Patriots do it the right way. When the opportunity came up that I would be in Somerset, I knew it would be a good fit.” Huchingson-Blog

Huchingson enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and second season in the Atlantic League. “Huch” posted a 4-3 record with a 1.35 ERA and five saves over 57 relief appearances with the York Revolution in 2017 season. He only allowed eight earned runs total over his 53 innings of work, including a 14-game stretch to begin the season over which he did not yield an earned run.

The Fayetteville, Arkansas native finished his 2017 season extremely strong. After he was selected as an All-Star, Huchingson did not allow a single run over his final 29 appearances of the regular season: a streak that stretched from July 6 to September 16. His success then continued into the postseason, where he tossed seven scoreless innings with three saves over five appearances en route to an Atlantic League Championship.

“It’s my pleasure to announce the Huchingson signing,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Chase had a phenomenal season in our league last year and is highly motivated to improve upon that success this year. He is very effective against both righties and lefties and we will use him in a way that can highlight his abilities. We expect Chase to have the opportunity to get many tough outs for us this year and he is ready for the challenge.”

Huchingson spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the New York Mets organization. He made 51 relief appearances for Triple-A Las Vegas between 2015 and 2016, and carried a 2.71 ERA over three years of service with Double-A Binghamton. The 6’5” southpaw went 25-16 record with a 3.31 ERA over his seven seasons in the Mets organization.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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