Somerset Patriots Acquire Major League LHP Pat Dean

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed former Major League left-handed pitcher Pat Dean for the 2020 season. His rights were originally acquired in a trade with the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs in exchange for the rights to right-handed pitcher Devin Burke.

“I’m really excited to join the team,” said Dean. “I live in New Jersey, so this will give me a chance to play in front of a lot of friends and family for the first time in a while. I’ve heard great things about the team, but being so close to home was also a big focus.” Dean Blogs

Dean enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and second season in the Atlantic League. The southpaw made just two starts for Southern Maryland last year, but impressed in both. He went 1-0 and allowed just one earned run over 11 innings pitched (0.82 ERA). Dean also struck out 17 batters over his two starts, which led the league in early May at the time his contract was purchased the Colorado Rockies organization. He was then immediately assigned to Triple-A Albuquerque, where he struck out 59 batters over 18 appearances (17 starts) in a very hitter-friendly league.

The Waterbury, Connecticut native enjoyed one season of service at the Major League level with the Minnesota Twins in 2016. There, Dean recorded 50 strikeouts over 67.1 innings of work across 19 appearances (nine starts). He earned his spot in the majors after a 2015 season in which the lefty recorded 12 wins with a 2.82 ERA, five complete games, three shutouts and 98 strikeouts over a career-high 179.0 innings with Triple-A Rochester (Twins).

“We are very excited to announce the signing of veteran left-handed pitcher Pat Dean,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Pat wanted to play in Somerset and we are glad we could make that happen. He brings a lot of experience to our staff with time spent both in the Majors and overseas. He can start or relieve and has been effective at both. Dean is a strike thrower and knows how to use his repertoire of pitches to keep hitters off balance. We are looking forward to spring training where we can get our eyes on Pat and see where he best fits our staff. Either way, he will be a big part of our 2020 campaign.”

Dean spent two seasons (2017-18) with the Kia Tigers in the Korean Baseball Organization. He went 15-14 over those two campaigns with 244 strikeouts over 305.1 innings of work.

The Boston College product was originally a third-round draft pick of the Minnesota Twins in the 2010 MLB draft.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets are now on sale for all 72 home games. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent more than 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 23-year history. For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Bring Back INF Scott Kelly

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced that “fan favorite” infielder Scott Kelly has been re-signed for the 2020 season.

“It’s an honor to put the Patriots uniform on again,” said Kelly. “The team is ready to compete and we are looking forward to seeing all of the fans on May 1st.” Scott Kelly Blogs 2020

Kelly enters his seventh season with the Somerset Patriots and seventh in the Atlantic League. He is the longest tenured player on the team, after originally earning a spot on the roster from the 2014 spring training open tryouts. Once the season begins, Kelly will be one of only two players in franchise history to play for the Patriots in seven different seasons.

The versatile infielder enters the 2020 season ranking among franchise leaders in a number of categories. Kelly currently ranks third all-time in stolen bases (114), eighth in games (472), 11th in at-bats (1,391), 12th in runs (208) and 14th in both hits (336) and walks (130). He is also just two stolen bases shy of tying Michael Warner (116) for second on the team’s all-time list.

The West Windsor, New Jersey native stole 14 bases with 25 runs and 18 RBI over 77 games with the Patriots last year. He not only split time between second base, third base and shortstop along the infield, but he saw extensive time in the outfield for the first time in his career. Kelly spent 39 games in the outfield last season, evenly distributing his time between left, right and center field. Ultimately, Kelly played every position for the Patriots in 2019 aside from catcher, first base and pitcher.

“It is always a great day in Somerset when we get to announce that Scott Kelly will be back,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Scott is a joy to be around and a favorite by everyone in Somerset, as he should be. He is such a team guy who loves the game, loves his teammates and loves the community. Scott has become a true utility player for our club over the years and we have complete faith in him playing all over the field. He brings such a positive outlook each and every day when he shows up to work and makes the guys around him better. We are proud to have him back in 2020.”

Kelly’s best two seasons in a Patriots uniform came in 2016 and 2017. He appeared in a career-high 116 games in 2016 and set career marks in hits (102), runs (66), doubles (17), and stolen bases (38) along with a .265 average in 2016. The 38 steals led the team and ranked fourth overall in the Atlantic League that year. The following season, Kelly stole 25 bases and set career highs in RBI (31), walks (38) and triples (four). His 25 steals ranked second on the team, while he also finished third on the team in at-bats (340) and fourth in runs (52).

The Patriots’ fan favorite enjoyed a standout collegiate career at The College of New Jersey. There, Kelly hit .345 and .346 in his last two collegiate seasons at respectively. Additionally, he is the program’s all-time leader in at-bats (663) and stolen bases (98), while ranking second in runs scored (165) and fourth in games played (161).

The TCNJ alumnus owns a .242 average with two home runs, 106 RBI and 114 stolen bases over his six seasons in Somerset.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets are now on sale for all 72 home games. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Announce Launch of New Mobile App

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced the launch of a brand new mobile app, available now for download in the Apple App Store and for Android phones on Google Play.

“We value our fans passion for the Somerset Patriots, so we wanted to provide them an all-in-one app to follow their team and earn rewards by coming to games,” said Senior Vice President of Marketing Dave Marek. instagram

The Patriots’ new mobile app will offer fans a sleek, updated interface and user experience. Unlike the team’s previous app, this new must-have destination will work as a one-stop shop for all-things Somerset Patriots. This spans from embedded game audio and video to deep-linked team news and easily-accessed ticket links.

App users will once again be able to follow the Patriots with unique content in one centralized location. A sharply-designed schedule will allow fans to know which promotions are on tap at TD Bank Ballpark, while the new interactive game day landing page will provide the opportunity for everyone to follow along for every pitch.

This landing page will include both the radio audio and a link to the video broadcast for every game. The radio feed will be accessible through the app and will be available for play while both surfing through the rest of the app and even while using other programs. Fans can also now easily scroll through the Patriots’ Twitter account while on the game day page and see live updates on the game while a live score populates at the top of the page, even if they do not have a Twitter account.

The popular MyRewards program will also be returning in the new app, though users will need to create a new account (points from previous apps will not carry over). New for 2020, MyRewards will be focused solely as an attendance-based incentive programs. Users will be able to “check-in” at all listed events on the app at the appropriate time to earn MyRewards points.

These listed events will not only include every home game, but every road game (added points based on travel distance), Fan Club meetings and local sponsored events. Additionally, different home games will be assigned point values based on a variety of factors to be announced.

Fans can view a live MyRewards leaderboard directly in the app and will have the ability to redeem their points for unique prizes and experiences throughout the season.

The new app also offers an interactive Fan Guide with ticket links, a re-designed roster page, staff directory, and more information on the team. There will be an interactive menu for all ballpark concession items, an easy-to-navigate online team store, and an embedded Google Map with the ballpark included inside the app for easy directions, seating charts and concession locations. Additional app-specific ticket discounts, special offers, and breaking news will populate on the main page of the app as announced.

This new app, created through a groundbreaking partnership with developers From Now On and extensive research into fan feedback, represents the latest effort by the Patriots organization to engage with their fan base on a more personal level than any other minor league baseball franchise.

Fans can download the new Somerset Patriots mobile app today by searching “Somerset Patriots Baseball” in either the App Store, on Google Play or by clicking the link below.

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The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 2nd, but fans can purchase Ticket Packages and Flex Tickets now to get their seats early. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Announce Chuck Stewart As Team’s New Hitting Coach

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that former New Britain Bees hitting coach Chuck Stewart has been named as the team’s new Hitting Coach for the 2020 season. Chuck Stewart Blogs

“It’s been an exciting day for the Stewart family. We are so thrilled to be joining the Somerset Patriots organization,” said Stewart. “I mean no offense to any of the other teams that I have worked with, but Somerset is by far the best organization I have joined. Everyone who I have spoken with has told me Somerset is the place to be. The Patriots are a class act top to bottom and everywhere in between. I know how much winning means to the history of this franchise, and I hope to add to that winning culture this year. I couldn’t be happier to be with such a solid organization.”

Stewart enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and his second in the Atlantic League after working as the Bees’ hitting coach in 2019. There, Stewart guided a New Britain lineup that led the league in walks (549), ranked second in batting (.261), on-base percentage (.343) and OPS (.740), and third in runs (660). Additionally, the Bees struck out the second-least amount of time of any time in the league (943), trailing only the Patriots (911).

Prior to joining New Britain, the New Jersey native spent time as a coach for the Newark Bears (2012), New Jersey Jackals (2013-14) and Lincoln Salt Dogs (2015). He originally joined Newark as a hitting coach, but was promoted to manager just three days into his tenure. Stewart was also the head coach of Lincoln Park Academy in Fort Pierce, Florida before turning to professional baseball, where he totaled over 100 wins and four district titles.

“We are thrilled to announce Chuck as our new hitting coach,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Chuck has coached at many spots including in our league last year. He is a tireless worker who just wants to help the guys get better. We are getting a guy that will bring a positive attitude every day and look forward to making the hitters better players on the field and more importantly better people off. I really enjoyed the conversations we had together throughout this process. He understands what our organization is about and expressed how much he believes in and wants to be a part of our culture.”

Stewart played his college ball at William Paterson University in Wayne, New Jersey and was selected by the Chicago Cubs in the 25th round of the 1982 MLB draft. The former catcher spent four seasons in the Cubs organization before later turning to coaching.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 2nd, but fans can purchase Ticket Packages and Flex Tickets now to get their seats early. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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Somerset Patriots Land ALPB Champion RHP Jay Gause

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed right-handed pitcher and 2017 Atlantic League champion Jay Gause for the 2020 season.

“I’m real excited to get going,” said Gause. “I’ve always loved pitching in Somerset, even if it was with a different team. I liked the crowd a lot. It was always a great environment.” Jay Gause Blogs 2020

Gause enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and third in the Atlantic League. He previously spent both the 2017 and 2018 seasons as a member of the York Revolution. Gause impressed in his 2017 debut season with the Revs, posting a 10-4 record with a 3.67 ERA over 19 games (16 starts). The righty finished second on the team in wins and strikeouts (74) in the regular season and later helped lead York to a league title. Gause worked a 3.48 ERA over two starts in the playoffs, including a four strong innings as the Championship Series Game One starting pitcher for the Revs.

The Shallotte, North Carolina native returned to the Atlantic League in 2018 and continued to impress. Despite spreading out only eight appearances (seven starts) in a season marred by injuries, Gause went 3-0 with a 1.56 ERA and 26 strikeouts in his eight appearances. He only allowed six earned runs over his 34.2 innings of work on the season, including zero earned runs in five of his final seven appearances.

Gause owns a 13-4 record with a 3.09 ERA and 100 strikeouts over 125.1 innings across 27 appearances (23 starts) in his two combined seasons in the Atlantic League.

“We’re very excited about the Gause signing,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Jay has pitched in our league before and was very dominant at times. He attacks the hitters with strikes and works fast which is a dream for the defense. Gause takes pride in giving his team a chance to win every time out. We are very anxious to get him in camp and see him compete.”

Gause was originally drafted in the 10th round of the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft by the Houston Astros. He spent one season (2014) in the Astros organization with the Tri-City ValleyCats (Short-Season A) before transitioning his career through the United Shores Professional Baseball League and up to the Atlantic League in 2017.
Gause missed the 2019 season while he was recovering from Tommy John surgery. The procedure was performed by Dr. James Andrews.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, May 1st for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. Single Game Tickets will go on sale on Monday, March 2nd, but fans can purchase Ticket Packages and Flex Tickets now to get their seats early. Stay up to date on all the team news throughout the offseason online; on all of our social media platforms, and on our mobile app. For more information, visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

With eight teams in the Mid-Atlantic and Texas, the ALPB is a leader in baseball innovation and a player gateway to Major League Baseball. Through its exclusive partnership with MLB, the Atlantic League tests Major League Baseball rules and equipment initiatives. The Atlantic League has sent over 950 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 42 million fans to its affordable, family-friendly ballparks throughout its 22-year history.

For more information, please visit www.AtlanticLeague.com.

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