Top 15 Patriots: #13 Jason Belcher

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Bridgewater, NJ – Catcher Jason Belcher has been named #13 on the Patriots Top 15 list, a part of the team’s 15th Season Anniversary, designed to celebrate the best players in team history as voted on by fans, Patriots players and coaches, and team officials.

Belcher was one of the top hitting catchers in Patriots history, finishing his Somerset career with a .295 average, 323 hits, 61 doubles, 26 home runs, and 179 RBI.

He was part of a tight knit group that returned to the Patriots during a stretch that saw the team make the playoffs each season from 2007-2010.

“Somerset became a home to me. Throughout my career, I was bounced around and traded to different Major League organizations. I felt the four years with the Patriots were my most memorable,” Belcher said.

Before becoming a fan-favorite in Somerset, Belcher had experience in the Milwaukee Brewers, Montreal Expos, and Washington Nationals organizations, reaching the Double-A level.

He joined the Patriots in the second half of the 2007 season and quickly made a name for himself, finishing with a .304 batting average, five home runs, and 19 RBI in 38 games played.

Belcher followed up with an All-Star 2008 season, finishing with a .334 batting average, 100 hits, 21 doubles, nine home runs, and 53 RBI in 85 games played. He hit .462 with a home run and three RBI in six playoff games that season on his way to the first of two championships with the team.

Belcher hit .283 with 47 runs scored, 97 hits, 18 doubles, five home runs, and 53 RBI in 98 games played during the 2009 season for Somerset. During the playoffs, he hit .294 with four runs scored, ten hits, and seven RBI in eight games played.

“It was great winning the championships there. What made it so special were the relationships that we built on and off the field that will be part of me forever. Those guys will always be like a part of my family. It’s awesome that we can say that we were a part of the winning tradition of the Patriots and do great things for the team,” said Belcher.

Throughout the 2012 season, the Patriots will be counting down the Top 15 players in team history and then highlight the chosen players on baseball card giveaways and a special lithograph during the year.

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