Somerset Patriots Relief Pitcher Dustin Antolin Signs With Chicago White Sox

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that 2017 right-handed relief pitcher Dustin Antolin has signed with the Chicago White Sox organization. He recently completed his first season with the Patriots.

Antolin originally joined the Patriots on July 19th and provided an instant impact at the back-end of the bullpen. The former major leaguer appeared in 21 games as a reliever during the regular season, registering one win and four saves with a 2.07 ERA over 21.2 innings of work. Additionally, he struck out 29 batters against just three walks over that span and did not allow an earned run over his first 14 appearances (15 innings). Antolin-Blog

The Hawaii native was a member of a Patriots bullpen that at one time boasted six pitchers with service at the major league level (A.J. Achter, Duane Below, Keith Hessler, Dustin Molleken and Kyler Newby). He made one appearance in the postseason for Somerset.

Antolin shined a year before joining the Patriots with Triple-A Buffalo, where he posted a 2.04 ERA with 10 saves and 61 strikeouts over 53 innings pitched. That earned him a promotion to the big leagues with the Toronto Blue Jays in May of 2016. He made one appearance with Toronto, spinning two innings of work.

The 11th-round draft pick spent the first nine seasons of his professional career in the Blue Jays organization before he joined the Washington Nationals to begin 2017. He appeared in 24 games (four starts) with Triple-A Syracuse prior to signing with the Patriots in July.

Antolin becomes the 14th player from Somerset’s 2017 roster to be added to a Major League organization. He joins left-handed pitchers Jeremy Bleich, Logan Darnell (twice) and Aaron Laffey, along with right-handed pitchers Tyler Cloyd, Ryan Kelly, Vin Mazzaro and Mitch Atkins as pitchers to either have their contracts purchased or sign with an MLB club. Infielders Tyler Bortnick and Joe Maloney – alongside outfielders Jerry Sands, Christian Marrero and Justin Pacchioli – also joined Major League organizations this year.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots And Infielder Scott Kelly Launch School Program

Scott Kelly- Home Run Program BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and infielder Scott Kelly have launched the “Hit A Home Run” school program this off-season to bring a special message to students.

 

“Hit A Home Run” was designed as a straightforward plan to help kids visualize ways to eat right, exercise, make smart choices, and be a good teammate. Kelly leads the program using a baseball diagram and the infield bases to show how each topic discussed can help a person live a healthy and happy life to achieve their goals.

 

“Everything in life can be looked at with this plan,” said Kelly. “It starts with what you can do for yourself to help you on your way to success. Eating healthy and exercising are the first steps. Making the right choices and being around the right people, as well as being good to others, can help you be the best version of yourself.”

 

Kelly discusses examples of each of the topics in his own life and then allows the students to interact throughout the program with their own examples or questions.

 

“Hit A Home Run” debuted at Benjamin Franklin Elementary School in Edison on Wednesday, November 15th. The Somerset Patriots and Kelly will bring the program to dozens of schools throughout the Central New Jersey area.

 

“I’m really excited to launch this program and deliver the message to as many students as possible,” Kelly added. “These are all important topics that translate well in the program. Everything from health and wellness, respect and compassion for each other, and setting goals is covered. All of these are discussed daily at schools and at home. It sometimes helps to hear it from somebody new.”

 

For more information about the “Hit A Home Run” school program, please call (908) 252-0700 or e-mail [email protected].

 

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Announce Four New Front Office Hires

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the addition of four new hires to their front office staff for the upcoming 2018 season. Hal Hansen, Ken Smith, Chris Dillon and Ian Gatehouse have all joined the Patriots team and are currently working to ensure the 20th season of baseball at TD Bank Ballpark will be the best one yet. new-guys-blog

Hal Hansen joins the Patriots as the team’s new Director of Marketing. The Manasquan, New Jersey resident enters his first season in Somerset with 14 years of service working in minor league baseball – all with the Lakewood Blue Claws. Hansen began his time there as the Assistant Director of Ticket Sales and an original member of the front office before transitioning into the Director of Marketing and Promotions: a role he held for his final 10 seasons down the shore.

“After 14 years with one organization, I am very excited to join a new culture and a new community,” said Hansen. “There is a new energy around this team and I am ready to help out any way that I can.”

Ken Smith begins his time in Somerset after spending the last three years with the New Jersey Devils in sales and service. The current Garwood resident takes over as the Patriots’ new Corporate Sales Manager and will oversee the team’s digital displays.

“The Patriots have been super welcoming so far,” said Smith with a smile. “It has been an easy transition for me and my family to come into baseball – a sport that I played as a kid. I love how versatile the organization is and how I now have an opportunity to try my hand in many different departments.”

The Patriots are also welcoming in two new Group Sales Managers to their team this year. Chris Dillon and Ian Gatehouse join the bullpen for their first years with the team. Dillon, a Duquesne University alum, carries two years of service as an Account Executive with Bethlehem Steel FC into his first campaign with the six-time Atlantic League champions.

“It’s great to be here with a great organization,” said Dillon. “I’m very excited to begin a new chapter in Somerset.”

Gatehouse, a recent graduate of Johnson and Wales University, was brought on by the team after holding sales internships with the New York Islanders, New York Yankees, New England Patriots, Boston Red Sox and Tampa Bay Rays.

“I feel like it is a family already,” added Gatehouse. “Everyone has been very welcoming here so far. I am now ready to take the next step in my career.”

All four new employees have already begun their tenure in Somerset and are open for business.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Acquire Rights To Three Players Through Dispersal Draft

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have acquired the Atlantic League rights to right-handed pitchers David Carpenter and Cory Riordan, along with the rights to 10-year Major League infielder Alberto Callaspo, through the 2017 Bridgeport Bluefish Dispersal Draft Wednesday morning. Dispersal-Blog

RHP David Carpenter recently concluded his second year with the Bluefish. After posting a 3.28 ERA over 36 relief appearances in 2016, the five-year big leaguer recorded 30 saves with a 1.91 ERA and 45 strikeouts over 37.2 innings last year en route to an All-Star Game selection. His 30 saves led the Atlantic League at the time his contract was purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization in late July. Carpenter made 10 appearances between Double-A and Triple-A to end his 2017 campaign. He owns a 3.66 ERA with four saves over 218 appearances at the Major League level with Houston, Toronto, Atlanta, New York (AL) and Washington.

RHP Cory Riordan was also selected to represent the Bluefish in the 2017 midsummer classic at TD Bank Ballpark. The former sixth-round draft pick of the Colorado Rockies went 7-3 with a 3.29 ERA and 88 strikeouts against just 11 walks over 93 innings last year. He made 14 starts for Bridgeport before his contract was purchased by the Fubon Guardians (CPBL) after the All-Star Game. Riordan spent the first seven years of his professional career in the Rockies organization, including stints at the Triple-A level in 2011-13. The Fordham University alumnus also made five starts for Triple-A Toledo in the Detriot Tigers organization in 2016.

Both Carpenter and Riordan pitched an inning at TD Bank Ballpark in the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Despite only playing in 34 games with the Bluefish last year, infielder Alberto Callaspo hit .344 with four home runs, 15 RBI and 22 runs scored. His contract was purchased by Laguna (Mexican League) on May 25th, where he then finished his 2017 season by hitting .301 with with three home runs and 33 RBI over 58 games. Callaspo has 10 years of service in the Majors with six different teams (Arizona, Kansas City, Los Angeles (AL), Oakland, Atlanta and Los Angeles (NL)). Over that time, the Venezuela native his .265 with 52 home runs and 369 RBI while splitting time in the field primarily between second base and third base.

The Patriots acquired the rights to Carpenter, Riordan and Callaspo through the Bridgeport Bluefish Dispersal Draft. Each team had the opportunity to select players whose rights’ were previously controlled by Bridgeport. Somerset owned the sixth pick in each round and passed on opportunities to further draft players after the third round. While not officially on the roster, Somerset now has the exclusive opportunity amongst the other Atlantic League franchises to negotiate and sign these players.

The Somerset Patriots recently completed their 20th Season Anniversary in which they led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018. The schedule for 2018 has officially been released. For more information about the 2018 season, 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 37 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

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

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Somerset Patriots Release 2018 Schedule

Schedule BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced their schedule for the 2018 season, beginning at home on Friday, April 27th against the Road Warriors at 7:05 pm.

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The Somerset Patriots’ 2018 season will be highlighted by the 20th Anniversary of TD Bank Ballpark and the 7,000,000th fan in franchise history.

The 126-game Atlantic League schedule will run from Friday, April 27th through Sunday, September 16th with 72 home games and 54 road games.

The Patriots will host 35 weekend games at TD Bank Ballpark. Game times for Monday through Saturday games are set for 7:05 pm, except for weekday games in May and September, which will begin at 6:35 pm. Sunday games are set for 1:05 pm in April, May, June and September, while changing to 5:05 pm in July and August.

The team will host 18 firework nights and will be home for Father’s Day on Sunday, June 17th.

Three day-night double headers are scheduled for the season. On Wednesday, May 9th, the Patriots will take on the Road Warriors at 11:05 am and 6:35 pm. On Wednesday, June 6th, Somerset will host the Sugar Land Skeeters for an 11:05 am and 7:05 pm game. The Patriots will then take on the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at 11:05 am and 7:05 on Wednesday, July 25th.

The Patriots will also host a single-admission double header against the Lancaster Barnstormers at 6:05 pm on Saturday, May 12th.

Somerset will host six 11:05 am day games on Wednesday, May 9th, Thursday, May 24th, Wednesday, June 6th, Wednesday, July 25th, Thursday, August 2nd and Wednesday, August 8th.

The ALPB schedule is divided into two 63-game halves, with the first half ending on Thursday, July 5 and the regular season ending on Sunday, September 16. The first half and second half champions in each division will qualify for 2018 Atlantic League playoffs. Should one or both teams win each half in their respective division, a wild card scenario comes into play where the team(s) with the next best overall record, regardless of division, qualifies for the postseason. Both Division Championship Series matchups will take place the week of September 17, 2017 with the Atlantic League Championship Series occurring during the week of September 24.

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 to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information regarding the Atlantic League, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

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