“My time in Somerset always brought me back to playing and enjoying the game of baseball,” said Merritt. “Everyone does an amazing job of letting players be themselves. I played with a lot of great players and I thank God for the opportunity to be a Somerset Patriot.”
Merritt was first introduced to the team in an open tryout before the 2012 season, in which he was signed to the roster. He would go on to spend four seasons with the Patriots through 2015, before returning for a brief appearance during the 2019 season.
He capped his first four seasons on the team with a championship win in 2015. Merritt was crucial for the Patriots in their title run, throwing a complete game shutout against the Long Island Ducks in Game Five of the Liberty Division Championship Series to help push them to the Atlantic League Championship Series.
Merritt continued his dominance for the Patriots en route to their sixth Atlantic League title, owning a 3-0 record, 0.40 ERA and 12 strikeouts in 22 postseason innings pitched. He pitched two deciding playoff games, including the clinching Game Four against the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs to be named the Championship Series MVP.
“Roy Merritt was a one of a kind talent for the Patriots. He was probably the most athletic pitcher I have ever seen,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Roy had the ability and was extremely effective pitching from multiple arm angles. Roy could also be used as a starter and reliever and he was dominant at both. Merritt was a true horse on the mound. He took pride in picking his team up when they most needed him. Roy flourished in big games and big game situations. Roy is such an amazing person and player and I truly cherish the relationship that Roy and I have built over the years. He will forever be one of my favorites.”
For his Somerset career, Merritt was 15-12 with a 2.99 ERA and 169 strikeouts in 245.2 innings pitched over 71 games.
Before joining the Patriots, Merritt also had six years of service in the New York Mets organization, including two seasons at the Triple-A level. After pitching for Somerset, Merritt added Sugar Land to his Atlantic League resume.