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.
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