Somerset Patriots Begin Search For New 3B/Hitting Coach

3BCoachBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will hire a new Third Base/Hitting Coach for the 2020 season.

The Somerset Patriots are looking for interested individuals to fill the position. The ideal candidate should have professional baseball experience and success at different levels of the game. Previous coaching experience is preferred, but not necessary.

All interested individuals should email their resumes and information to Somerset Patriots Director of Baseball Operations Jon Hunton at jhunton@somersetpatriots.com.

The team has decided that it will not be bringing back Third Base/Hitting Coach Glen Barker for the 2020 season.

“I want to thank Glen on behalf of myself, our team and the entire organization,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Glen is a true professional who represented us well, helped our team improve in many areas, and cared about who we are. There are always tough decisions to make when you look to the future and how we can get to where we want to be. These decisions are never taken lightly. We felt as an organization that it was time to move in a different direction in that position. We wish Glen and his family all the best and hope he realizes that he will always be a part of the Somerset Patriots family.”

Barker just wrapped up his fourth year with the team. In 2019, Barker’s offense struck out the least amount of times of any Atlantic League team (911), finished second in the league in stolen bases (186), and ranked fourth in both batting (.259) and on-base percentage (.332). Additionally, Barker helped three Patriots rank inside the top 10 in the league in stolen bases (Justin Pacchioli, Michael Crouse and Craig Massey).

Success with stolen bases, walks, on-base percentage and a limit of strikeouts highlighted the former Major Leaguer’s tenure as a coach for the Patriots. The team led the league in stolen bases once (2016), walks twice (2016, 2017), on-base percentage twice (2016, 2017), and had the least amount of strikeouts two separate times (2017 and 2019) under Barker’s tutelage.

Additionally, Somerset ranked among the top three teams with the fewest strikeouts and finished in the top half of the league in on-base percentage in each of Barker’s four seasons as a coach.

The Albany, New York native played in 235 games for the Houston Astros from 1999 through 2001. In 1999, Barker hit .288 with 23 runs scored, 21 hits, two doubles, a home run, 11 RBI and 17 stolen bases in 81 games played.

He was originally drafted in the 11th round of the 1993 MLB draft by the Detroit Tigers. He spent six seasons in the organization before joining the Astros in 1999. His minor league career also included time in the Boston Red Sox and Baltimore Orioles organizations.

Barker also played three games with the Somerset Patriots in 2003 and remains in the record books as one of only two players in franchise history to record two triples in the same game.

For his minor league career, Barker had 430 runs scored, 656 hits, 113 doubles, 31 triples, 37 home runs, 262 RBI and 236 stolen bases.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action at TD Bank Ballpark for the 2020 season. 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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Late Surge Leads Bees Past Patriots

Bridgewater, New Jersey – The New Britain Bees (36-33, 70-67) scored a run in each of the least three frames to power past the Somerset Patriots (26-40, 68-68) 5-4 on Friday night at TD Bank Ballpark.

The Bees began the scoring in the first when Jonathan Galvez singled in a run.

Then in the fourth, New Britain added an unearned via a Zach Collier RBI single which scored Ozzie Martinez who reached on an error to start the inning.

Will Kengor reached to begin the bottom of the fourth and Edwin Espinal drove him in on a sacrifice fly to put Somerset on the scoreboard and to make it a 2-1 game. 920 KENGOR WEB

The Patriots’ power bats came alive in the sixth inning. Kengor (15) led off the inning with a home run to tie the contest and later in the inning Jimmy Paredes launched his 13th home run of the season to set Somerset ahead 3-2.

But the Bees tied it in the seventh thanks to a Jared James RBI single. In the eighth, Rando Moreno drove in another run to extend the New Britain lead.

Michael Ohlman tied the contest with a two-out, RBI double down the left field line at three in the eighth inning.

Although, the Bees would push across the go-ahead run in the ninth. Galvez drove in Jared James on a fielder’s choice groundout to give New Britain a 5-4 lead.

With the loss, the Patriots are eliminated from playoff contention.

Grant Black (1-1) earned the win after he allowed a run in the eighth inning.

Duane Below (2-2) was handed the loss after allowing the game-winning to score in the ninth.

Jim Fuller (25) pitched a scoreless, hitless ninth inning on his way to the save.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford continues tomorrow September 21. The Patriots continue their homestand against the New Britain Bees and feature a post game fireworks show presented by Toyota World of Clinton following the game. 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 Add INF Ryan Long

Ryan Long WebBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that infielder Ryan Long has been signed for the 2019 season. He was acquired in a trade with the Evansville Otters for a player to be named later.

The 25-year-old third baseman spent his first three years of professional baseball in the Frontier League with the Evansville Otters.

Long broke out in a big way this season, being named the MVP of the Frontier League, slashing .285 with 14 home runs and 78 RBI across 95 games. His successful season helped push the Otters to a 57-39 record, tied for best in the West Division.

The 78 RBI were most among qualifiers, while the 14 home runs ranked eighth in the league. Long showed a model of consistency, playing in all but one game throughout the season, and ranking near the top of league leaders in slugging percentage and on-base percentage.

Prior to his time in the Frontier League, Long spent four seasons of collegiate ball with Texas Tech, ending his time with a triumphant senior year campaign. He finished his final season with a .322 with 11 doubles and 26 RBI.

Over three seasons with the Otters, Long has racked up 47 doubles, 28 home runs and 144 RBI. He batted .288 with a .465 slugging percentage and 148 runs scored.

Long has been activated for Somerset’s series against the Sugar Land Skeeters beginning Tuesday night.

The Somerset Patriots 2019 Season Presented by Ford is winding down with the final weekend home stand coming up from Friday, September 20th through Sunday, September 22nd. Stay up to date on all the team news 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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Patriots Offense Hangs Ten On Skeeters

912EspinalWebBridgewater, New Jersey – The Somerset Patriots (22-38, 64-66) defeated the Sugar Land Skeeters (31-28, 66-63) 10-7 at TD Bank Ballpark on Thursday night.

The Patriots jumped put to a 4-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. Olmo Rosario started the scoring with an RBI single, followed by an RBI fielder’s choice by Jimmy Paredes. Edwin Espinal then launched a two-run home run (7) to left field to stake an early lead.

The Skeeters answered with a run on a bases loaded walk to Jason Martinson in the top of the second inning.

Sugar Land made it a one-run game in the top of the third inning on an RBI double by Denis Phipps and an RBI ground out by Albert Cordero.

A sacrifice fly in the top of the fourth inning by Rico Noel tied up the game at 4-4, before a Blair Beck solo home run (5) put the Skeeters in front in the top of the sixth inning.

The Patriots regained the lead in the bottom of the sixth inning on an RBI fielder’s choice by Scott Kelly, a two-run single by Will Kengor, and a two-run double by Jimmy Paredes for a 9-5 advantage.

Sugar Land plated another run in the top of the seventh inning on a sacrifice fly by Denis Phipps.

Alfredo Rodriguez’s RBI double brought home Espinal in the bottom of the frame for a 10-6 lead.

Zach Borenstein’s RBI double in the top of the ninth inning provided the 10-7 final.

Rick Teasley (6-3) picked up the win after he allowed five runs on nine hits and four strikeouts in six innings of work. Carlos Pimentel (6-3) gave up seven runs on eight hits in 5.2 innings pitched. Mike Antonini earned his 26th save of the season after retiring the final batter of the game.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford will continue on the road until Friday, September 20th when the team returns home to TD Bank Ballpark to take on the New Britain Bees at 7:05 pm. The game features School Folders (1st 1,500 Kids) presented by the Somerset County Education Association. 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 Acquire RHP Taylor Wright

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have acquired right-handed Taylor Wright in a trade with the Evansville Otters (Frontier League) for future considerations. He is active for tonight’s game against the Sugar Land Skeeters.

Wright enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’5” righty spent his first professional season this year with the Otters. He impressed with a 3-0 record, a 0.92 ERA and 18 saves over 38 relief appearances. Wright yielded just five earned runs over 48.2 innings pitched while striking out 56 batters. Wright-Web

The Brown University alumnus won the Frontier League’s Jason Simontacchi Award this season, which recognizes the league’s Rookie of the Year.

Wright enjoyed a three-year stint on Brown’s baseball club. He made 38 appearances (5 starts) in Browns progam, totalling 69.2 innings of work.

The Ivy graduate is the son of Villanova men’s basketball coach Jay Wright and had participated in the Patriots’ open tryout earlier this year.

The 2019 Somerset Patriots season presented by Ford continues at home on Thursday, September 12th with a game against the Sugar Land Skeeters. For tickets, stop by the ticket office at TD Bank Ballpark, call us at (908) 252-0700 or visit us online at 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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