Somerset Patriots Re-Sign LHP Rich Mascheri

mascheriblogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that left-handed pitcher Rich Mascheri has been re-signed for the 2017 season.

 

“I am just really excited to get back to the field for the Patriots,” said Mascheri. “Now that I am finally healthy – and have spent the entire off-season working out and training – I am ready to come in and compete.”

Mascheri enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League. The southpaw appeared in three games with the Patriots last year after he was acquired in a trade with the Southern Illinois Miners (Frontier League) in September. Mascheri earned one win and yielded just one run over his three innings of work in Somerset.

 

The Wauconda, Illinois native held a 1.88 ERA over 14.1 innings pitched (three earned runs) in his 13 relief appearances with Southern Illinois to begin the 2016 season. Additionally, he struck out 17 batters against just three walks in his time with the Miners.

 

“Rich joined our club late last season after putting up really good numbers in the Frontier League,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We were able to see him in a few outings and are anxious to get him back for our camp to evaluate him further. Rich has good fastball velocity and good speed differential between his pitches. We love the way he competes on the hill and think he will be a good left-handed option out of our bullpen.”

 

Mascheri began his professional career with the Normal CornBelters in 2012, where he recorded 10 saves with a 2.29 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched. He later signed with the New York Yankees organization that season and recorded a win and a save spread across six appearances with both the GCL Yankees and High-A Tampa. Mascheri’s success with the Yankees carried over to 2013, where he combined to post a 3-1 record with a 1.16 ERA and one save over 12 appearances between GCL Yankees 2 and High-A Tampa.

 

The Western Illinois University alumnus owns a 5-2 record with a 2.45 ERA over his four-year professional career, including 12 saves and an 11.9 strikeout/nine innings ratio (116 strikeouts over 88 innings pitched).

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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.

 

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Somerset Patriots Re-Sign Pitcher Scott McGregor

mcgregorblogsBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed pitcher Scott McGregor has been re-signed for the 2017 season.

 

“I’m excited to get the season going and ready to meet the new team,” said McGregor. “I enjoyed the time I spent in Somerset last season so I’m looking forward to the opportunity to come back.”

 

McGregor enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League. The righty began the 2016 season in Somerset before the Nexen Heroes of the Korean Baseball Championship purchased his contract in early June. McGregor went 4-4 with a 3.35 ERA and 31 strikeouts to just six walks over 59 innings pitched in his nine starts with the Patriots. That included a complete-game effort on May 12th against the Long Island Ducks in which he yielded just one run on three hits.

 

The Cincinnati, Ohio native spent the first five years of his career in the St. Louis Cardinals organization and reached Triple-A Memphis in 2013 and 2014. McGregor later signed with the Washington Nationals organization in the middle of the 2014 season, and continued to split time between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse that year before spending all of 2015 with Syracuse.

 

He recorded 14 wins at the Triple-A level in 62 appearances (49 starts) spanning from 2013 to 2015, including a 6-6 record with Syracuse in 2015.

 

“It is great to have Scott join our pitching staff again in 2017,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He has a dominant fastball at times when he is able to locate it, and has experience both as a starter and as a reliever. Scott also possesses a true cutter, works quick and the defense loves to work behind him. He did a nice job for us last year and our hope is he will continue that success this season.”

 

The 2008 15th-round draft pick is 50-51 with a 4.35 ERA, two saves and 478 strikeouts over his eight-year professional career.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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 Sign RHP Alex Gouin

gouinblogBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have signed right-handed pitcher Alex Gouin for the 2017 season.

 

“I am most certainly excited about being around an environment with a record of success,” said Gouin. “I have heard great things about the fans, and it is close to home for me. It makes a great deal of sense to play here.”

 

Gouin enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. He has spent the majority of his two seasons in professional baseball with the Rockland Boulders of the Can-Am League. In 2015, Gouin went 8-4 with a 3.84 ERA and 53 strikeouts over 18 appearances (14 starts).

 

The West Orange, New Jersey native began the 2016 season with the Boulders and went 3-1 with a 3.16 ERA before his contract was purchased in early July by the Arizona Diamondbacks organization. In his lone start with Low-A Hillsboro, Gouin earned a win after allowing two runs over seven innings with 11 strikeouts. He later made 10 starts with Rookie-level Missoula and earned two wins with 46 strikeouts over 58.2 innings pitched.

 

“We are always looking for local talent to come in and compete for our team, and Alex will do just that,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Alex has done well with the limited amount of experience he owns. He can start and relieve for us, and we are anxious to get him in here and get a first-hand look at how he will fit in.”

 

The University of Hartford single-season saves record-holder (9; 2014) is 14-11 over his two professional seasons with a 3.90 ERA and 135 strikeouts over 36 appearances (29 starts).
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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 Land MLB Pitcher Logan Darnell

darnellblogsBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have signed Major League left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell for the 2017 season.

 

“After all the great things I have heard, I am really looking forward to coming to Somerset,” said Darnell. I have spoken to a lot of players like [Eric] Farris and Buddy [Boshers] and everyone I have talked to loved it there. It was an easy decision when the opportunity presented itself.”

 

Darnell enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The southpaw made his Major League debut with the Minnesota Twins on May 6, 2014, where he limited the Cleveland Indians to three scoreless innings without and hit and one strikeout. Overall, Darnell made seven appearances (four starts) with the Twins in 2014 and struck out 22 batters over 24 innings of work.

 

The Greenbrier, Tennessee resident has spent each of the past two seasons (and a majority of 2014) in the Twins organization with Triple-A Rochester. Last year, Darnell went 8-8 with a 3.53 ERA over 18 starts as a teammate of 2015 Somerset Patriots reliever Buddy Boshers. The previous season, he went 5-1 with a 2.78 ERA over 35 appearances (seven starts).

 

In 2014, prior to being called up by the Twins, Darnell impressed with a 3.60 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 115 innings of work at Rochester.

 

“We are proud to be joined by Logan this year,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Logan has put up some fairly dominant numbers in the minor leagues while on his path to the majors. We feel he is a very polished pitcher who has a chance to be a solid starter for our club. Logan is a strike-thrower that the defense will love playing behind. We hope he can come in, compete and get another chance at the big leagues.”

 

The 2010 sixth-round pick from the University of Kentucky owns a 54-46 record with a 3.81 ERA over his seven-year minor league career.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or 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 36 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 National Anthem Audition Winners Announced

anthemblogsBridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the winners of their National Anthem Auditions held at Bridgewater Commons on Saturday, March 11th.

 

The selected singers are: Travis Morgan (Carteret), Paul Voorhees (Iselin), Robert Vernon (Martinsville), Jay Winston (Franklin Park), Juliet Hommes (Branchburg), Jeff Allen (Morristown), Christy Giamella (South Bound Brook), Dana Kluczyk (Rockaway), Lexie Nerger (Manville), and Amanda Nagy (Edison).

 

Morgan and Voorhees wowed the judges and mall patrons with their performances of Josh Groban’s “You Raise Me Up” approximately two hours apart from each other.

 

“It was a great experience. I enjoyed the electricity of all the people around me and watching from the three tiers above us,” said Voorhees. “I thought the song was a very inspirational one that I’ve sung before. It’s a great honor to be selected from this great group of singers, especially since my family has been going to Patriots games since the ballpark opened.”

 

Vernon hit a patriotic note with his rendition of “You’re A Grand Old Flag.”

 

“I did a search on-line knowing the team would be looking for singers and there it was,” said Vernon. “I decided to pick the song because it was patriotic and uplifting. I’m not a pop singer. I’m much more old school and I thought it would be a nice song to showcase a great level of patriotism.”

 

Singers 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 sixth year in a row, the event was designed as 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.

 

WCTC 1450 AM’s Hall of Fame broadcaster Bert Baron served as the emcee of the event. The judges were John Lisk of Magic 98.3 FM, Somerset Patriots Vice President of Public Relations Marc Russinoff, and long-time Patriots PA announcer Paul Spychala.

The National Anthem Auditions took place at Center Court on the lower level of the mall. This was the 14th year the Patriots hosted National Anthem auditions.

 

“We want to thank all of our participants that tried out this year. We once again had some very talented singers that made the decision very difficult to narrow it done to just a handful. We found some very strong talent from the New Jersey market. We can’t wait to give these great performers a chance to perform at the ballpark,” said Russinoff.

 

Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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