Somerset Patriots Bring Back All-Star RHP David Kubiak

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed two-time Atlantic League All-Star right-handed pitcher David Kubiak for the 2020 season.

“I’m excited to be coming back and to get going with everyone,” said Kubiak. “The Patriots have become more than an organization me to: they’ve become family. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to come back for another year.” Kubiak Blogs2020

Kubiak enters his fourth season with the Somerset Patriots and fifth in the Atlantic League. The 6’7” righty enjoyed his best season with the Patriots last year, posting a 7-1 record with a 1.76 ERA (16 earned runs over 82.0 innings pitched) with 82 strikeouts over 12 starts. At the time immediately after his last start before Union Laguna (Mexico) purchased his contract in early July, Kubiak led the league in wins, ERA, strikeouts, WHIP (0.90), winning percentage (.875), batting average against (.173) and ranked second in innings pitched.

The Riverhead, New York native’s impressive season was highlighted by a number of standout performances and a historic stretch. Kubiak was named the April/May Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month for a 4-0, 0.95 ERA start to his season. He struck out 10 or more batters on three separate occasions, including an 11-strikeout performance against the Lancaster Barnstormers on May 10th in which he allowed just one hit over 7.0 innings and 13 punchouts over seven shutout innings against the York Revolution on June 23rd. He also worked a complete game two-hitter against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs at home on June 16th and was the starting pitcher for the Liberty Division in the 2019 Atlantic League All-Star Game.

Most notably, Kubiak was etched in the Somerset record books with 33.2 consecutive innings in which he did not allow a run from May 10th to June 4th. Overall, Kubiak allowed more than two earned runs in only one of his 12 starts last season, which happened to be his final start (July 4th at New Britain).

”We are very happy to be joined again by Kubiak,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “David came out last year as a man on a mission and was extremely dominant in his time with us. He has been a huge part of our organization for a long time and he is constantly pushing himself and adapting his game to stay ahead of his competitors. David is a horse on the mound who takes pride in taking the ball on his start day and finding a way to get a win for his team. I am looking forward to working with Kubiak again and cannot wait to get started in 2020.”

Kubiak has consistently posted strong numbers in his previous three seasons in Somerset. The SUNY Albany alumnus went 8-3 with a 3.40 ERA and 95 strikeouts over 82 innings pitched in 14 starts with the Patriots in 2018. He was 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA and a 36/4 K/BB rate over his first five starts of the year, and later enjoyed a dominant stretch of five starts from July 3 to July 25 over which he went 4-0 with a 1.34 (five earned runs over 33.2 IP) and 42 strikeouts. At the time that his contract was purchased by Generales de Durango (Mexico) in early August, Kubiak led the league in ERA (2.55), was tied for the league lead in wins (8) and ranked second in strikeouts (93).

The former Great Dane made 21 appearances (18 starts) with the Patriots in 2017. He earned five wins and carried a 3.83 ERA with 117 strikeouts against 34 walks over 112.2 innings pitched. After starting the year as a reliever, Kubiak transitioned into the starting rotation and was later selected to the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game. The Fubon Guardians (CPBL) purchased his contract in late August, at which time Kubiak ranked second in the league in strikeouts (117) and tenth in ERA (3.83).

Kubiak now enters the 2020 season ranking among franchise leaders in a number of pitching categories. The right-hander currently lists third in franchise history in ERA (3.09, min. 225 innings pitched), fifth in strikeouts (294), 11th in games started (44), 12th in wins (20), and 14th in innings pitched (276.2). Overall, he is 20-13 with a 3.09 ERA and 294 strikeouts over 276.2 innings pitched in his three seasons in Somerset.

Prior to the Patriots, Kubiak carried a 1.42 ERA over three appearances in the New York Yankees organization at the Double-A level in 2016 sandwiched around 20 games (15 starts) with the Bridgeport Bluefish – his first stint in the Atlantic League. In Bridgeport, Kubiak went 7-4 with a 3.75 ERA and 106 strikeouts over 100.2 innings of work.

The former Tampa Bays draft pick previously spent three seasons in the Frontier League, including a 2014 campaign in which he went 7-2 with a 1.50 ERA and seven saves over 48 innings in 38 combined appearances between Southern Illinois and Joliet.

Kubiak is 56-42 with a 3.42 ERA, 13 saves and 806 strikeouts over 799.2 innings pitched across all of the stops he’s made in his eight-year professional baseball career.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots 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 more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots To Use TD Bank Ballpark As PPE Donation Site For RWJBH

PPE Donation SocialBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that TD Bank Ballpark will be a donation site for Personal Protective Equipment that will be donated to doctors, nurses and health care professionals at RWJBarnabas Health.
Donations will be accepted from Monday, April 6th through Friday, April 10th from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm. Individuals will be able to safely put their items in bins located within the main gate of the ballpark near the ticket office. Those items will then be transported and screened properly by RWJBarnabas Health officials and delivered to the hospitals for use.
RWJBarnabas Health is requesting the following items be donated:
  • N95 Masks (highest need)
  • Surgical masks/ similar masks are in great demand
  • Gloves
  • Gowns
  • Goggles/ eye protection
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Liquid soap
“We are asking fans and businesses to donate any of these items that they have available,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “We all want to do our part to help wherever we can. One of the most pressing needs is protecting and supporting those health care workers on the front lines helping patients during this crisis.”
If you do not have these items, but still want to support our health care workers during these unprecedented times, please consider making a donation to the RWJBarnabas Health Emergency Response Fund by CLICKING HERE!
Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots 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 RWJBARNABAS HEALTH
RWJBarnabas Health, the state’s most comprehensive academic health care system, is dedicated to creating healthier communities across New Jersey. Its service area covers 9 New Jersey counties serving over 5 million diverse residents, or more than half of the state’s population.  RWJBarnabas Health believes that with its system’s large New Jersey footprint they have the ability to make a positive and lasting impact on the health and well-being of their communities. Members of our communities, including our youth, need to be better educated on the importance of maintaining healthy lifestyles to prevent injuries and long-term illness. RWJBarnabas Health is committed to providing the necessary resources to ensure that the people they serve within the community recognize the benefits that come with taking care of their body.
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 more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
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Somerset Patriots Land Eight-Year Major Leaguer Vance Worley

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of eight-year Major League veteran right-handed pitcher Vance Worley for the 2020 season.

“I’m very excited to get back into baseball and back on the field,” said Worley. “I’ve heard very good things about Somerset. I’ve heard it is a good place to be with good fans and a sense that everyone is family.” Worley Blogs

Worley enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The right-handed pitcher has eight years of service in the Major Leagues, including time with the Philadelphia Phillies, Minnesota Twins, Pittsburgh Pirates, Baltimore Orioles and Miami Marlins. Worley broke into the “Bigs” in 2010 with the Phillies and later finished third in National League Rookie of the Year voting in 2011 after he went 11-3 with a 3.01 ERA and 119 strikeouts over 25 games (21 starts). He received 25% of the vote, trailing only Craig Kimbrel and Freddie Freeman.

The Sacramento, California native spent time in the Majors from 2010 to 2017, including a strong 2014 campaign with the Pittsburgh Pirates. That year, Worley went 8-4 and posted a career-best 2.85 ERA over 18 games (17 starts). He went on to post a 4.02 ERA over 23 games (eight starts) with the Pirates the next season, followed by a 3.53 ERA across 35 games (four starts) with the Orioles in 2016. Of Worley’s eight seasons in “The Show,” Worley posted an ERA of 4.02 or lower in five of them.

Worley totaled 35 wins with a 4.09 ERA, two saves and 497 strikeouts across 667.0 innings of work through his eight seasons in Major League Baseball.

Nicknamed the “Vanimal,” Worley was a third-round draft pick of the Phillies in the 2008 MLB draft. He spent the first five years of his professional career in the Phillies organization. There, he was twice named an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star (2009, 2010) with Double-A Reading. Worley was later traded in 2012 to the Minnesota Twins for outfielder Ben Revere.

The Long Beach State University alumnus most recently pitched for Triple-A Las Vegas in the New York Mets organization in 2018 before he took the 2019 season off for personal reasons.

Stay up to date on all Somerset Patriots 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 more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Atlantic League Season Delayed Due To Coronavirus

ALPBCVSocial(March 16, 2020, Lancaster, Pa.) – Atlantic League President Rick White said today the CDC recommendation that organizers cancel or postpone in-person events consisting of 50 or more people for the next eight weeks has made clear the Atlantic League’s Opening Day of April 30 will be delayed.
He also announced that ALPB Professional Tryout Mini-Camps slated for late March and early April have also been postponed. Those interested should refer to Prospect Dugout’s website www.prospectdugout.tv for further tryout camp news.
“As the Coronavirus pandemic evolves, the ALPB remains focused on the health and well-being of our neighbors, fans, players, umpires, and employees,” White said. “When these challenging circumstances pass, we look forward to welcoming fans to our ballparks, putting smiles on their faces, and creating lifelong memories.”
White added that an announcement regarding the ALPB 2020 Championship Season schedule will be made at a future date on all team and Atlantic League websites and official social media platforms. Schedule decisions, he said, will be based on the Atlantic League’s monitoring of news and public information sources, including the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), World Health Organization, and state and local health departments for the communities to which ALPB clubs belong.
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 more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.
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Somerset Patriots Announce 2020 National Anthem Audition Winners

NationalAnthem2020BlogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the winners of their National Anthem Auditions held at Bridgewater Commons on Saturday, March 7th.

The event was originally designed to select ten performers, but due to the talented crop of performers, the Somerset Patriots selected 13 finalists this year.

The selected singers are Myrna Lloyd (Somerset), Justin Luckenbaugh (Piscataway), Kayla Fiore & Katie Echols (Scotch Plains, Fanwood), Tanisha Khabe (Florence), Gina Maria Jones (Hackettstown), Grace Amodeo (Dunellen), Brennan Scott (Denville), Susan Lanto (Somerville), Amanda Abbruzze (Hillsborough), Josh Zagare (Bridgewater), and Nicole Anderson (Hillsborough).

This year, two very talented musicians also made the cut with saxophonist Ian Richard G. Dalida (Somerville) and guitarist Taylor Daniels (Hillsborough) being selected.

Around 100 people auditioned with a minute-and-a-half of the song of their choice before the judges and mall crowd. Singers were judged on vocal talent, stage presence, and their ability to perform before a large crowd.

For the eighth year in a row, the event was a fundraiser and each contestant donated a minimum of $10 to Operation Shoebox New Jersey, an all-volunteer organization dedicated to collecting donated supplies to ship care packages to U.S. troops based overseas.

Magic 98.3 FM and WCTC 1450 AM’s Racquel Williams served as the emcee of the event. The judges were Somerset Patriots Director of Marketing Hal Hansen, long-time National Anthem singer for the team Tess Giardina, and past audition winner Paul Voorhees.

The National Anthem Auditions took place at Center Court on the lower level of the mall. This was the 17th year the Patriots hosted National Anthem auditions.

“We want to thank all of our participants that tried out this year. We had tremendous performers that made it very difficult for the judges to choose,” said Somerset Patriots Vice President of Public Relations Marc Russinoff. “The 13 finalists should be very proud they were selected among one of the most diverse and difficult groups yet. We can’t wait to give these great performers a chance to perform at the ballpark.”

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets are now on sale for all 72 home games. 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 more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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