Somerset Patriots Add Four Including Major League Pitcher

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Four-signee-releaseBridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced the signings of pitchers Andrew Carignan and Edwin Quirarte, catcher/infielder James Skelton and the re-signing of pitcher David Harden.

Carignan enters his first year with the Patriots, having made two stops at the Major League level with the Oakland Athletics in 2011 and 2012. In the Majors, the right-handed reliever made 17 appearances, recording one win and scattering eight hits with 13 strikeouts over 16 innings of work.

The New London, Connecticut native spent the first six years of his professional baseball career in the Athletics organization. Carignan played in the San Francisco Giants organization last year, splitting time between Double-A Richmond and Triple-A Fresno. He made 30 appearances, striking out 39 in 40.1 innings pitched.

The University of North Carolina alum has a career minor league record of 12-10 with a 3.27 earned run average, 41 saves and 255 strikeouts over 171 appearances.

“Carignan will be a solid addition to our bullpen,” Somerset Patriots Manager Brett Jodie said. “He has been very dominant at times in both the minors and major leagues.”

Quirarte has spent all seven years of his professional baseball career in the Giants organization, reaching as high as Double-A Richmond from 2011-14. He was a teammate of Carignan last year with the Richmond Squirrels.

In four years at the Double-A level, the Ventura, California native has posted an 18-15 record with a 3.45 ERA and 13 saves in 181 appearances (one start). That includes a 2.61 ERA over 56 appearances with 10 saves in 2013.

The former fifth-round pick from Cal-State Northridge owns a 3.51 ERA and 46 saves over 306 minor league appearances.

“Quirarte has been a model of consistency throughout his career,” said Jodie. “He takes the ball in any situation and gets the job done. You want guys like him to succeed. I look for Edwin to pound the strike zone, induce weak contact from the hitters and let his defense make plays.”

Harden returns for his third season with the Patriots. In his two years with Somerset, Harden owns a 13-8 record with a 3.82 ERA over 33 appearances (21 starts).

The Marietta, Georgia native has four seasons of experience in independent baseball, including two seasons with the Southern Illinois Miners. In 71 minor league appearances (58 starts), Harden is 30-18 with a 3.28 ERA.

“We are thrilled to have Harden back with the Patriots,” said Jodie. “He is a huge contributor both on the field and in the locker room. He was one of our best starters in 2013 and we have full confidence he will regain that form this season.”

Skelton was acquired in a trade with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs for shortstop Edwin Maysonet on March 3rd. Last year, he split time in the Atlantic League between the Blue Crabs and the Lancaster Barnstormers, posting eight home runs with 40 RBI and 15 stolen bases.

This will be Skelton’s second stint with the Patriots; he last played in Somerset in 2013. That year, he hit .268 while playing catcher, first base and second base.

“Skelton is a very unique and special player as a catcher,” said Jodie. “He is able to help pitchers work down in the zone, has a cannon for an arm and is one of the best athletes on the field.”

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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