Somerset Patriots Re-Sign Major League RHP Dustin Antolin

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed Major League right-handed pitcher Dustin Antolin for the 2018 season.

“My time with the Patriots last year made me fall in love with the game again,” said Antolin. “I can’t wait to get back on that field and start winning some games!” Antolin-Blog

Antolin enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League. The 6’2” righty carried a 2.07 ERA with four saves over 21 relief appearances with the Patriots last year after joining the team in mid-July. Additionally, he struck out 29 batters against just three walks over 21.2 innings of work. That included a 14-game stretch to begin his Somerset tenure over which Antolin to did not allow an earned run (15 IP).

The Hawaii native shined a year before joining the Patriots with Triple-A Buffalo (Toronto Blue Jays), where he posted a 2.04 ERA with 10 saves and 61 strikeouts over 53 innings pitched. That earned him a promotion to the big leagues with the Blue Jays in May of 2016. He made one appearance with Toronto, spinning two innings of work.

“Of course we are thrilled to have him. Dustin was a joy to have around last year, not only as a superb pitcher, but also as a great guy and teammate,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He can do any job in the bullpen and has a great time with his teammates. But when it is time to pitch, he has laser focus and goes about his job with extreme professionalism. Antolin will again be a vital part of our bullpen and we look forward to what this year brings.”

The 11th-round draft pick spent the first nine seasons of his professional career in the Blue Jays organization before he joined the Washington Nationals to begin 2017. He appeared in 24 games (four starts) with Triple-A Syracuse prior to signing with the Patriots in July. Antolin owns a 32-36 record with 22 saves and 462 strikeouts over 668.0 innings in 10 seasons of minor league baseball.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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Somerset Patriots Ink Major League LHP Brett Oberholtzer

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed four-year Major League left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer for the 2018 season.

“I’ve heard a lot of great things about Somerset,” said Oberholtzer. “This was the best chance for me to not only get better, but also continue my career.” Oberholtzer-Blog

Oberholtzer enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’1” southpaw has four years of service in the Majors, including three with the Houston Astros (2013-15) and one split between the Philadelphia Phillies and Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim (2016). In his first season with the Astros, Oberholtzer posted four wins and a 2.76 ERA over 13 games (10 starts) with two complete games and one shutout. Additionally, he only walked 13 batters over 71.2 innings of work.

The Christiana, Delaware native took over as a full-time starting pitcher for the Astros the next season, striking out 94 batters against just 28 walks over 24 starts. He later made eight starts for Houston in 2015 before making 37 combined appearances (two starts) for the Phillies and Angels in 2016. He has won 14 games with a 4.36 ERA and 220 strikeouts over 324 innings pitched in his four seasons in the big leagues.

“We are happy to add a polished veteran starting pitcher to our staff in Brett Oberholtzer,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Brett knows how to pitch and possesses a great understanding of what he is trying to do to his opponent. He is still very young, but brings so much valuable experience to our club. Oberholtzer is a strike-thrower with the attractive combination of high strikeout and low walk totals. The defense will love to play behind the guy and we look forward to working alongside him as well.”

Oberholtzer made 24 starts for Triple-A Buffalo (Toronto Blue Jays) last year. He has pitched exclusively at either the Major League or Triple-A level in each of the past five seasons. The Seminole Community College alum is 55-53 with a 3.90 ERA, 1.27 WHIP and 708 strikeouts over nine seasons of minor league baseball.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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Somerset Patriots Land MLB Outfielder Julio Borbon

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed five-year Major League outfielder Julio Borbon for the 2018 season.

“This is something that I am really excited about,” said Borbon. “A lot of my former teammates have said great things about Somerset and the league. I am very excited to continue my career because I remain really passionate about the game. I can’t wait to bring my passion and energy to the team and the city.” Borbon-Blog

Borbon enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The speedy outfielder has five years of service in the big leagues, including three with the Texas Rangers (2009-11), one with the Chicago Cubs (2013) and one with the Baltimore Orioles (2016). He broke onto the scene with a .312 average and 19 stolen bases over 46 games in 2009. Borbon played 137 games with the Rangers the next season and hit .276 with 15 steals and a career-high 42 RBI.

The Nolensville, Tennessee resident played in 32 games with the Rangers in 2011 before appearing in 72 games with the Cubs in 2013. Borbon has hit .273 with eight home runs, 76 RBI and 47 stolen bases over his five seasons in the Majors.

“We are thrilled to be joined by Julio this season,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Julio possesses many great baseball attributes. He is an extremely tough out at the plate, has the ability to drive in runs and can leave the yard at times. He is also a stolen base threat and a tremendous defensive outfielder. So we are getting a very complete player on the field and a great guy in our clubhouse. We can’t wait to get Julio into camp and get things started.”

Borbon split time between Acereros de Monclova and Pericos de Puebla in the Mexican league last year where he ranked among league leaders. He finished third in the league in hitting (.365) and sixth in steals (20) over 90 combined games. That includes 35 games with 2018 Patriot and former big league outfielder Endy Chavez for Puebla.

The former first round draft pick from the University of Tennessee spent the previous three seasons in the Orioles organization between the Double-A, Triple-A and Major League levels. That includes a 34-steal campaign for Triple-A Norfolk in 2014, 23 steals in 2015 and 27 steals in 2016. Borbon owns a .294 average with 31 home runs, 264 RBI, 209 stolen bases and a .345 on-base percentage over nine seasons in the minors.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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Somerset Patriots Ink Major League RHP Scott Copeland

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed Major League right-handed pitcher Scott Copeland for the 2018 season.

“I am excited to get started on this new opportunity,” said Copeland. “I can’t wait to come in and help this team compete for a championship. Somerset came really highly recommended, so I am excited to get to work.” Copeland-Blog

Copeland begins his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’3” righty broke into the big leagues in 2015 with the Toronto Blue Jays. That year, Copeland went 1-1 over five games (three starts) with six strikeouts. He had gone 11-6 with a 2.95 ERA over 21 games (20 starts) for Triple-A Buffalo earlier that season to earn his promotion to the majors.

The Longview, Texas native began the 2016 season in Korea before he posted a 3.04 ERA over nine starts with Buffalo to end the season. He returned to the Triple-A level last year in New Orleans (Miami Marlins) where he was ranked among the Pacific Coast League leaders in multiple categories. Copeland led the league in starts (26), was tied for third in wins (9), fourth in strikeouts (118), and fifth in innings pitched (137.2).

“We are happy to be joined by Scott in our 2018 championship quest,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Scott will fit in very nicely here. He understands what we are about and wants to be a part of it. He will fulfill a vital need in our starting rotation, has a great idea of how to pitch and how to adapt to different league. Copeland will be a veteran presence on our staff that you can count on every five days to give the team a chance to win. He possesses the right attitude and work ethic and we are excited to team up with him.”

Copeland began his professional career in the Baltimore Orioles organization before joining the Blue Jays in 2013. He has pitched at the Triple-A level in each of the last four seasons with a 3.70 ERA. The University of Southern Mississippi alum owns 61 wins and a 4.15 ERA over his eight-year professional career.

The Somerset Patriots led the Atlantic League in attendance and made their 14th appearance in the playoffs last season. The Somerset Patriots will welcome their 7,000,000th fan in their 20th season at TD Bank Ballpark in 2018.  Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 Season presented by Ford beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 38 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment.

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

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YMCA Invites Kids to Swing for the Fences at Healthy Kids Day at TD Bank Ballpark

HKD PR Image 4x6Basking Ridge, NJ, March 23, 2018—On Saturday, April 21 from 9:00am to 12 noon, Somerset County YMCA and Hunterdon County YMCA will hold a free community event at TD Bank Ballpark, home of the Somerset Patriots. Healthy Kids Day®, the Y’s national initiative to improve health and well-being for kids and families, is an opportunity to encourage kids to ‘swing for the fences’ so they can imagine all that they can be, do and experience.

The Y’s cause is to strengthen community through nurturing children and teens, inspiring healthy living and providing all children with opportunities to reach their full potential.

“We believe that kids can achieve amazing things when they are properly supported. The theme of our Healthy Kids Day is ‘Swing for the Fences’ because at the Y, that’s just what we encourage kids to do—to seek to achieve their full potential,” said David M. Carcieri, president and CEO of Somerset County YMCA. “We are thrilled to host this year’s Healthy Kids Day at TD Bank Ballpark. It’s a chance to inspire more children than ever with healthy habits and a love of discovery and learning.”

This fun-filled morning will feature activities such as baseball-themed games, recipe ideas, arts and crafts, obstacle course, track and field, giveaways, safety information, STEM experiments, performances and opportunities to meet Somerset Patriot players and mascots—all designed to motivate and teach families how to develop and maintain healthy routines that last a lifetime.

“Each day at the Y, we support parents by providing a nurturing environment and enriching experiences that encourage children and teens to make good decisions,” said Bruce Black, president and CEO of Hunterdon County YMCA. “Healthy Kids Day is great way to get kids excited about healthy activities they can take home and do together as a family. When kids are healthy and motivated, there is no limit to what they can do.”

To encourage families to stay healthy, active and connected all year long, Somerset County YMCA and Hunterdon County YMCA are each holding a drawing for a complimentary one-year Y membership. All Y members and community members who attend Healthy Kids Day are eligible to enter the drawing.

“We are very excited to partner with the Y for Healthy Kids Day,” said Somerset Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry. “Our ballpark will provide a great setting for kids and their families to enjoy a morning of activities and learning. We want to help our great partners at the Y deliver an important message of how children can grow to be healthy and happy individuals.”

The Y believes that healthy, connected families make the community stronger. As a leading charitable organization, the Y is offering Healthy Kids Day free to the community and all are invited to participate.

For more information, please visit www.somersetcountyymca.org/hkd or www.hcymca.org/hkd.

About Somerset County YMCA
The Y is the nation’s leading nonprofit committed to strengthening the community through youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. At Somerset County YMCA, we believe everyone, regardless of age, income or background, should have the opportunity to learn, grow and thrive. For YMCA and financial assistance, visit us at www.somersetcountyymca.org

 

About Hunterdon County YMCA

The Hunterdon County YMCA is committed to helping people grow in spirit, mind, and body and is guided by its core principles of caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility.  A confidential financial assistance program made possible by the generous support of members, individuals, foundations and businesses is available for community members in need so that no person is excluded from YMCA programs. For information about the Hunterdon County YMCA, visit www.hcymca.org.

 

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