Jake Fox Signed By Toronto Blue Jays

foxBridgewater, N.J. – Somerset Patriots designated hitter Jake Fox has signed a minor league contract with the Toronto Blue Jays organization with a Major League Spring Training invite.

Last year, the Indiana native split the majority of his time between Mexico (Laguna) and Double-A Reading in the Philadelphia Phillies organization before finishing the season with the Patriots. Overall, Fox combined to hit .309 with 38 home runs and 118 RBI over 140 games.

Fox has spent parts of the last three seasons with the Patriots, highlighted by earning the 2013 Atlantic League Player of the Year Award. That year, Fox played in only 96 games before signing with the Arizona Diamondbacks organization at the end of the season. At the time of his signing, Fox was hitting .310 and led the league in home runs (25) and RBI (82).

The former big leaguer also recorded a .388 batting average with seven home runs and 20 RBI over 21 games with the Patriots in 2012. In 122 games over three seasons with Somerset, Fox has accumulated a .326 average with 32 home runs and 104 RBI.

Fox played in parts of four seasons in the Major Leagues between 2007 and 2011. He made his Major League debut in 2007 with the Chicago Cubs, appearing in seven games before appearing in 82 games with the Cubs again in 2009.

Fox also spent time with the Oakland Athletics and Baltimore Orioles in 2010 and again with the Orioles in 2011. During his Major League career, Fox hit 28 doubles and 20 home runs with 73 RBI over 193 games.

He has a Minor League career batting average of .293 with 1,128 hits, 267 doubles, 12 triples, 211 home runs, and 746 RBI in 1,047 games.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots online at www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Holiday Toy Drive Set For December 13th

Web Toy DriveBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots and Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle have announced that they will host their annual Holiday Toy Drive at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, December 13th from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

Fans will be able to bring unwrapped toys to the Somerset Patriots Team Store located at the ballpark throughout the day. The toys will be donated to The Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots of Central New Jersey.

Lyle will be at the event to meet fans, sign autographs, and take pictures from 10:00 am to 12:00 pm.

The Patriots will welcome Santa Claus, who will take pictures with children at the ballpark.

Fans will have the opportunity to take photos and get autographs from Sparkee and his pal Slider.

“This is a special holiday event that our entire staff looks forward to every year. We have a tremendous group of fans that help us collect hundreds of toys for those less fortunate and help bring a little holiday cheer to those who need it, ” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

On December 13th, the Patriots will also host a Holiday Kickoff with Somerset Sluggers Kids Club Members. Somerset Sluggers will be able to participate in special holiday activities and much more at the event. There will be holiday themed snacks available for all participants.

There will be special Holiday Gift Packages available for purchase and a Ticket Voucher And Diamond Dollar Package. The Team Store will be open from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

The 2015 Somerset Patriots schedule has been released with Opening Night set for Friday, May 1st at TD Bank Ballpark. For more information about the 2015 Season, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Jason Lowey Signed By Colorado Rockies

loweynewsBridgewater, N.J.- Somerset Patriots right-handed pitcher Jason Lowey, the reigning Atlantic League Reliever Of The Year, has been signed by the Colorado Rockies organization.

Lowey received the honor as the league’s top reliever after posting a 5-1 record with a 1.90 earned run average and 59 strikeouts against just 15 walks over 56.2 innings pitched. In addition, his 59 appearances were tied with closer Jon Hunton for the team lead.

The 29 year-old was just as strong in 2013 with the Patriots, earning Second-Team Atlantic League honors. That year, Lowey went 7-4 with a 1.76 ERA in 55 appearances. The Florida native also struck out 56 batters against 24 walks over 51 innings of work.

Lowey has previous experience with a Major League organization when he pitched in the Atlanta Braves system in 2010. After beginning the season with the River City Rascals of the Independent Frontier League, Lowey went 1-0 and tossed eight scoreless innings over eight appearances with High-A Myrtle Beach of the Carolina League. He returned to the Braves new High-A affiliate in 2011, Lynchburg, to record three saves with a 2.25 ERA in eight appearances.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 Season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at http://www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Seven Somerset Patriots Receive Atlantic League Postseason Awards

playersalnewsBridgewater, N.J. – The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball announced today the league’s Postseason Awards for the 2014 campaign, with seven Somerset Patriots players earning recognition.

Corey Smith (third base), Adam Donachie (catcher), Matt Zielinksi (left-handed starter), Jason Lowey (reliever) and Jon Hunton (closer) were all named to the 2014 Atlantic League First-Team. Luis Montanez (outfielder) and Matt Maloney (left-handed starter) were named to the Atlantic League Second-Team.

Smith led the team in hitting and ranked fourth in the league with a .305 average. In addition, the third-year Patriot who announced his retirement after the season, finished third in the league in doubles (37) and fifth in walks (65) and on-base percentage (.386). It marks the second consecutive year that Smith has taken home First-Team Atlantic League honors.

Donachie finished the season third on the Patriots in hitting (.277) and fourth in home runs (9) and RBI (45). That included a three-game stretch of games in mid-June (15-17) where the third-year Patriot recorded eight RBI. Donachie also recorded hits in all five playoff games, going 7-for-19 (.368) with a home run and two RBI.

pitchersalnewsThe Patriots strong pitching was also highlighted in the Postseason Awards, taking home three of a potential four spots on the First-Team. Zielinski earned the top left-handed starter honor after he posted a 10-8 record along with a 3.27 earned run average (sixth lowest in the league) in over 151.1 innings pitched.

Lowey and Hunton round up the Patriots First-Team representation. Lowey, who was named to the 2013 Atlantic League Second-Team as a reliever, went 5-1 with a 1.90 ERA over a team-high 59 appearances, striking out 59 batters against 15 walks over 56.2 innings pitched.

Hunton was named the top closer of the year after setting a new Atlantic League single-season record with 49 saves, shattering the previous mark of 40 set back in 2003. The third-year Patriot also set the new franchise record in saves, breaking his own previous record of 38 set last year. Hunton, who was named to the 2013 First-Team as a reliever, overall posted a 2.07 ERA over 56.1 innings of work.

Montanez and Maloney were both named to the Atlantic League Second-Team. Montanez led the Patriots in home runs (17), while finishing second on the team in RBI (74) and batting (.289). Maloney’s 3.40 ERA ranked ninth in the league, while his 10 wins were tied with Zielinksi for second-most on the team.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 Season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at www.somersetpatriots.com.

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Somerset Patriots Release 2015 Schedule

schedulenewsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced their schedule for the 2015 season.

The Patriots will begin the season on the road and will have their home opener on Friday, May 1st against the York Revolution at 7:05 pm.

The Patriots will host 70 home games at TD Bank Ballpark during the 140 game Atlantic League schedule running from Friday, April 24th through Sunday, September 20th.

The Patriots will host 32 home games on weekends and are currently putting together the promotional calendar that includes fireworks nights, giveaways, and theme nights. The Patriots will host Day-Night Double Headers on Wednesday, May 20th and Wednesday, July 15th with games at 11:05 am and 7:05 pm.

Start times for Monday through Saturday games will normally be 7:05 pm from May through September. Sunday games in May, June, and September will be 1:05 pm and Sundays in July and August will be 5:05 pm.

The Patriots are home on Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 10th at 1:05 pm and Father’s Day on Sunday, June 21st at 1:05 pm.

The Patriots will host five 11:05 am weekday games on Wednesday, May 20th, Thursday, June 4th, Wednesday, July 15th, Thursday, August 6th, and Tuesday, August 11th. Schools and camps are encouraged to book their events on those days early.

“After a very successful 2014 season on and off the field, we are excited to take that momentum and move into the 2015 season. There is some unfinished business for the team on the field, but through it all, our fans have consistently made our organization one of the very best in all of minor league baseball. We look forward to an even better 2015 season,” said Patrick McVerry, President/General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

To view the full 2015 schedule, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 Season, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at www.somersetpatriots.com.

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