Patriots Re-Sign Nate Spears And Aharon Eggleston

spearsandeggynewsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the re-signings of infielder Nate Spears and outfielder Aharon Eggleston.

Spears was among the team’s best hitters, leading the Patriots in RBI with 21 and had four home runs in 37 games played in 2014 before having his contract purchased by the Philadelphia Phillies organization.

Spears appeared in 52 games for the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs (AAA- Phillies) after his time in Somerset and hit .299 with 43 hits, seven doubles, three triples, and 15 RBI.

Spears has Major League experience with the Boston Red Sox in 2011 and 2012, where he played in seven games.

In addition to his Major League time, Spears has six seasons of Triple-A experience. He has also played for the Baltimore Orioles and Chicago Cubs organizations.

He has a minor league career .268 batting average, 1,133 hits, 215 doubles, 54 triples, 77 home runs, and 492 in and 1,256 games.

“We are very excited to have Nate back with the Patriots.  Nate is a hustle guy who is a strong player in all facets of the game.  He is also very versatile with the positions he can play.  He’s a very good defender, excellent base runner, and an extremely smart hitter.  Nate can do the small things necessary for a club to have success while also being a big run producer and big play maker,” said Brett Jodie, Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

Eggleston will be back for his third season with the Somerset Patriots. Last year, he appeared in 74 games and had a .251 batting average, 46 runs, 65 hits, nine doubles, four triples, and 25 RBI. He also played 26 games in Mexico for Ciudad del Carmen.

Eggleston had an All-Star season for the Patriots in 2013, finishing with a .294 average, 126 hits, 22 doubles, eight home runs, and 56 RBI.

Prior to joining the Patriots, Eggleston had experience in the Northern League, Atlantic League, and American Association.

He spent 2012 at Fargo-Moorhead and finished with a .277 batting average with 43 hits, seven doubles, and 14 RBI in 38 games played.

In 2011 at Kansas City, Eggleston hit .324 with 101 hits, 23 doubles, six home runs, and 49 RBI in 82 games played.

He appeared in 12 games for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League during the 2009 season.

He has a minor league career .303 batting average, 995 hits, 173 doubles, 29 triples, 37 home runs, 427 RBI, and 157 stolen bases in 870 games played.

”Aharon has been a huge part of our team’s success the last couple years.  Eggy plays the game the right way.  He hustles all over the field, plays a great outfield, and he is an extremely tough out.  He can bat anywhere in the lineup and knows how to make a positive contribution in the many different situations he encounters at the plate,” said Jodie.

For information about the Somerset Patriots 2015 Season presented by Ford, 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 Sign Pitchers Randy Boone And Lucas Irvine

Boone-Irvine2Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced the signings of right-handed pitchers Randy Boone and Lucas Irvine.

Boone arrives in Somerset after spending his entire professional baseball career in the Toronto Blue Jays organization. He has three seasons of Triple-A experience and has played at the Double-A level in five seasons.

The Austin, Texas native split time between Double-A New Hampshire and Triple-A Buffalo in 2014. Boone posted career-bests in ERA (2.79) and saves (10) over 45 appearances last year.

In addition, his 55 strikeouts over 58 innings pitched provided the former seventh-round draft pick with a career-best 8.5 strikeout-per-nine inning ratio.

Boone owns a career 3.76 ERA with 432 strikeouts over 587.2 innings pitched in 179 appearances.

“We are thrilled to have Randy join our pitching staff,” Somerset Patriots Manager Brett Jodie said. “Randy brings a lot experience as well as much versatility to our group. He has had success as a starter and reliever at all the minor league levels.  He has the pitching repertoire to start for us, but brings some back-end bullpen experience as well. I am anxious to get Randy in here and see what role is best for him and our club.”

Irvine enters his first season with the Patriots and third in independent minor league baseball. He spent one season in the Tampa Bay Rays organization in 2011 after he was drafted in the 27th round.

The Liberty, Missouri native split time between the Kansas City T-Bones (American Association), New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am Association) and Camden Riversharks in 2013. That year, Irvine combined to post an 8-6 record with a 2.84 ERA in 22 games (21 starts), including four complete games and two shutouts.

Irvine posted a 4-2 record with a 2.59 ERA and 107 strikeouts over 104.1 innings pitched in 2012 with Kansas City. He did not pitch during the 2014 season.

Irvine has a career 12-11 record in 68 appearances (34 starts) with a 2.99 ERA and 251 strikeouts over 277 innings of work.

“Lucas is a guy we have been keeping an eye on for a couple years,” Jodie said. “He has really pitched well in some other leagues and I feel he is capable of bringing that success here. Lucas will compete for a spot in our rotation. We have heard great things about Lucas and we are excited for him to join the Patriots family.”

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 To Dedicate 2015 Season In Honor Of Albert DiFiore

difiore torreBridgewater, NJ- It is with a deep sense of loss that the Somerset Patriots mourn the passing of Albert DiFiore , a long-time advisor and friend of the team. The Somerset Patriots have announced that the team will dedicate the 2015 season in his honor.

Albert DiFiore, 69, passed away Friday morning, February 6, 2015 in Bridgewater surrounded by his loving family. He was a wonderful husband of 41 years to Angela and an example to their three children- Philip, Thomas, Albert and two grandchildren- Priya and Nola.

Albert DiFiore and the Fullerton Auto Group was one of the Somerset Patriots first marketing partners and he served on the team’s National Advisory Board since its inception.

“On top of the many things that he accomplished, Albert was very special to my wife Suzanne and I and our children Jonathan and Josh. He worked hard his whole life to become the exceptional man that we all knew. Albert had a wonderful and inviting personality that just made you love being around him. He was an important part of our lives and we will miss him dearly. We send Angela and the DiFiore family our love and support during this difficult time,” said Steve Kalafer, Chairman of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

“Albert was a genuine and caring person that earned the attention of any room he entered. He used his charm, his sense of humor, and compassion to make life-long friends and business associates. I always enjoyed my relationship with Albert and being able to work with him for over 15 years,” added Patrick McVerry, President/General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

“Albert was with us since day one. He understood what the Somerset Patriots are all about and what we mean to the community. Albert always made it a point to be involved with our team to help provide the very best for the residents of Central New Jersey. He was a great friend to us and we’ll miss him. Albert made me laugh, and everybody knows I love to laugh! Our thoughts and prayers go out to the entire DiFiore family at this time,” said Sparky Lyle, Manager Emeritus of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

Memorial Contributions can be made in his memory to The Food Bank Network of Somerset County, 9 Easy Street, Bound Brook, NJ 08805, (732-560-1813), webmaster@somersetfoodbank.org.

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Somerset Patriots Sign Pitcher Daniel Sattler And T.J. Chism

chism sattler newsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the signings of right-handed pitcher Daniel Sattler and left-handed pitcher T.J. Chism.

Sattler was acquired in a trade with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association. He has experience in the Texas Rangers, Oakland Athletics, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim, and Minnesota Twins organizations.

Sattler has a season of Triple-A experience and played at the Double-A level for four seasons.

He split the 2014 season in the American Association with St. Paul and Wichita and finished with a combined record of 3-4, a 1.84 ERA, and 60 strikeouts in 44.0 innings pitched in 40 games.

Sattler has a career 3.28 ERA and 357 strikeouts in 342.2 innings pitched in 246 games.

“Daniel will be a big part of the bullpen this season. He finished very strong last season as the closer with the Wichita Wingnuts, who went on to win their league’s championship. He has a live arm and lots of experience that will add nicely to our bullpen,” said Jon Hunton, the Director of Player Personnel of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

Chism has spent his entire career with the New York Mets before signing with the Somerset Patriots for this season, reaching the Double-A level in 2014.

Chism has been used as a reliever throughout his career, mostly at the Single-A level. He recorded 19 saves in 2012 and 20 in 2013 for Savannah and St. Lucie.

He has a minor league career 14-11 record, a 2.78 ERA, 49 saves, and 225 strikeouts in 236.0 innings pitched in 201 games.

“We are really looking forward to getting TJ into our camp.  He is a young lefty that has put up very good numbers in the minor leagues.  TJ has not had the opportunity to pitch at the higher levels, but I feel like his pitching IQ will allow him to have success in our league.  He seems to have a great feel for what he is trying to do to the hitters,” said Brett Jodie, Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.

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 Looking For Host Families

SPB-3021 Web HOSTBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots are looking for host families for their players for the upcoming 2015 season.

The Somerset Patriots Host Family program allows a family, couple, or individual within the surrounding communities of TD Bank Ballpark in Bridgewater to host a Somerset Patriots player during the 2015 season. The goal is to provide the player with a home away from home while playing for the team.

Host families must be local and be able to provide the players with their own bed and bedroom, access to a bathroom, access to a kitchen, and the flexibility and understanding of a professional baseball player’s hectic schedule.

The players will arrive in mid to late April and could be in town until early October depending on the playoffs.

Many benefits come with hosting a player, such as tickets, invitations to special events, complimentary parking, goody bag and much more.

Interested individuals can apply to the Somerset Patriots Host Family program by contacting Jon Hunton, Director of Player Personnel, by e-mail at jhunton@somersetpatriots.com.

 

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