Arnesen finished the 2013 season with a 13-4 record, a 3.18 ERA, and 103 strikeouts in 149.2 innings pitched in 22 games started.
“Erik was our Opening Day starter last year and is a true workhorse. He’s going to take the ball and give your team a chance to win every time he takes the mound. He is a proven winner, a competitor, and a great clubhouse guy on top of all of it,” said Brett Jodie, Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
Arnesen, a resident of Belle Mead, New Jersey, started the season with the Patriots before signing with the Oakland A’s and reporting to Double-A. He appeared in three games for Midland, two as a starter, and recorded seven strikeouts in 11.2 innings pitched.
He spent his entire career before joining Somerset in the Washington Nationals organization, including three seasons at the Triple-A level.
Arnesen spent the 2012 season in Triple-A Syracuse and finished with a 3-4 record, a 3.53 ERA, and 46 strikeouts in 63.2 innings pitched in 33 games.
In 2011, he finished with an 8-4 record, a 2.43 ERA, and 122 strikeouts in 126 innings pitched in 26 games at Double-A Harrisburg.
Arnesen has a minor league career 61-49 record, a 3.67 ERA, and 708 strikeouts in 940 innings pitched.
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