Somerset Patriots Land First Baseman Edwin Espinal

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced that first baseman Edwin Espinal has been signed for the 2019 season. PlayerSigningTemplateIG

Espinal enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 25-year-old played 100 games with Triple-A Toledo (Detroit Tigers) last year, slashing .242 with six home runs and 24 RBI. He previously split his 2017 season between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization, where he combined to hit .294 with a career-high 15 home runs and 86 RBI over 130 games between the two levels.

The Dominican Replublic native spent the first seven seasons of his professional career in the Pirates organization after starting as a 17-year-old in the Dominican Summer League. Espinal has earned a number of accolades throughout his career, including: 2017 MiLB.com Organization All-Star (Pirates), 2017 MiLB Gold Glove (Indianapolis), 2017 Eastern League Post-Season All-Star and 2016 & ‘17 Eastern Leauge Mid-Season All-Star.

“We are proud that Edwin Espinal will be joining us this season,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We have researched Espinal very thoroughly and have received outstanding reviews on him: not only as a player but as a great clubhouse guy as well. He will be an extremely tough out in our lineup. He’ll drive in runs and has some power, but what I love about him most is his ability to create a positive result during his at bat no matter the situation. Espinal also takes a lot of pride defensively. We are excited to get him in camp and get started.”

Espinal has showed off a slick glove throughout his career, highlighted by an impressive 2017 campaign. The right-handed first baseman did not record a single error over 991 combined chances between Double-A Altoona and Triple-A Indianapolis that season, good for a perfect 1.000 fielding percentage. He owns a .995 career fielding percentage at first base, while also appearing in 37 games at third base.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. 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 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 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 Re-Sign RHP Zech Zinicola

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced that right-handed relief pitcher Zech Zinicola has been re-signed for the 2019 season.

“I’m happy to be back with the Patriots and am looking forward to meeting all my new teammates and staff members,” said Zinicola. “The ‘stache is back! It’s going to be another fun year.” ZinicolaIG19

Zinicola enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and fourth season in the Atlantic League. He previously spent two seasons with the Sugar Land Skeeters (2016-’17) and the early parts of 2018 with the Road Warriors before signing with Somerset on August 10th. The righty shined after that point, posting a 1-2 record with a 2.87 ERA over his final 12 games of the season. Additionally, he only allowed an earned run in two of his 12 relief appearances and carried a 0.61 ERA aside from one outlier performance in late August.

Zinicola appeared in 19 games with the Road Warriors to begin his 2018 season. He had combined to appear in 70 games with the Skeeters spread across his previous two seasons, including a 2.93 ERA over 61.1 innings of work in his 2016 campaign.

Zinicola was drafted in the sixth round of the 2006 MLB Amateur Draft by the Washington Nationals organization, where he spent seven seasons to start his professional career.

”Z” has eight seasons of minor league service, including four seasons at the Triple-A level.In addition to time with the Nationals organization, Zinicola spent one season with Double-A Bowie in the Baltimore Orioles.

For his career, Zinicola has a 3.78 ERA, 80 saves, and 523 strikeouts over 616.1 innings pitched in 502 games (seven starts).

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. 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 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 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 Fan Fest Is Set For Saturday, April 13th

SPB-5645 Fan Fest Elements1200x628Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that their annual Fan Fest will take place on Saturday, April 13th at TD Bank Ballpark from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.

Fan Fest is a FREE admission event to kick off spring and the upcoming baseball season. The first 500 kids in attendance will receive a complimentary t-shirt as they enter.

Fan Fest includes a chance for fans to meet and get autographs from over a dozen Somerset Patriots players and coaches. Manager Emeritus Sparky Lyle will be signing at the event from 12:00 pm to 1:00 pm.

Fans will be able to participate in carnival games and activities, as well as be entertained by clowns, face painters and team mascot Sparkee and his pal Slider.

There will be exclusive on-site ticket and merchandise specials that will only be available at Fan Fest!

A 19th Century style Base Ball Game will take place between the Flemington Neshanock and Elizabeth Resolutes down on the field at 12:15 pm. After the game is complete, all kids will get to run the bases.

HomePlate Catering will have the concession stands open for fans to enjoy their favorite ballpark fare and try some new items that will be sold this season.

Fans can stop by several vendor tables and activities throughout the concourse and ballpark grounds.

Tours of the Diamond Club and the Suites, which are available for group outings throughout the season will take place throughout the event. Fans will also be able to check out the Birthday Suite for their kids’ birthday celebrations.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. 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 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 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 Bring Back MLB Outfielder Ramon Flores

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced that former New York Yankees outfielder Ramon Flores has been re-signed for the 2019 season.

“I feel good coming back to play again for the Patriots,” said Flores. “I spent some time with the team last year and it was a very good experience. I had a lot of fun. I’m going to do my best to help the team win this year.” FloresIG19

Flores enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League.The former big leaguer began his 2018 season with Triple-A Pawtucket in the Boston Red Sox organization before he signed with the Patriots in early July. He hit .280 over 55 games in Somerset with four home runs, 31 RBI and a .337 on-base percentage to finish the season.

Additionally, Flores started in all five postseason games, going 6-for-18 (.333) from the plate with a home run, two RBI and three walks. Including the postseason, the left-handed outfielder reached base safely in each of his last 11 games of the year.

The Venezuelan countryman has three years of service at the Major League level. He broke into the big leagues with the Yankees in 2015 as a 23 year-old. There, the Flores recorded seven hits over 12 games before he was traded along with Jose Ramirez to the Seattle Mariners at the trade deadline for Dustin Ackley. He was traded again in the ensuing offseason from the Mariners to the Milwaukee Brewers.

Flores enjoyed his best season in the majors in 2016 with the Brewers. That year, Flores recorded 51 hits, eight doubles, two home runs and 19 stolen bases over 104 games. He made it back up to the majors again in 2017 and played three games with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

“We are proud to announce that Ramon will be joining us again this season,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Ramon is a true professional hitter. He is extremely smart at the plate, has great pitch recognition and a good understanding of the strike zone. Ramon is one of those guys that you feel will get a hit every time he steps up to the plate. He also plays a good outfield and possesses a strong arm. We are looking for big things out of ‘Flo’ this year.”

Flores originally signed with the Yankees as a 17 year-old in 2009 and rose through the ranks thanks to a couple of notable seasons. He hit .302 with six home runs, 39 RBI and 24 stolen bases as a 20 year-old with High-A Tampa in 2012. Flores also impressed in 2015 with Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre by hitting .286 with seven home runs and 34 RBI.

His most productive season in professional baseball came in 2017 with Triple-A Salt Lake in the Angels organization. There, Flores hit .312 with 10 home runs, 71 RBI and 12 stolen bases over 115 games before his promotion to the Angels.

Flores has played exclusively in the Atlantic League or at the Triple-A or Major League level stateside in each of his last four seasons.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. 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 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 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 Sign Major League Righty Mike Broadway

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots today announced the signing of Major League right-handed pitcher Mike Broadway for the 2019 season.

“I’m excited to get to work,” said Broadway. “I’ve heard good things about the Patriots and the Atlantic League. I’m looking forward to it. I’m ready to get started.” Broadway IG

Broadway enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’5” righty appeared in 25 games spread across two seasons (2015-’16) as a relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants. There, Broadway struck out 17 batters and finished seven ballgames over 22.2 innings of work.

The Paducah, Kentucky native was originally a fourth round draft pick by the Atlanta Braves in 2005. He spent the first seven years of his professional career in the Braves organization before making stops with the San Diego Padres, Washington Nationals and ultimately the Giants. His best professional season came with Triple-A Sacramento (Giants) in 2015, where he went 2-0 with a 0.93 ERA, 13 saves and 64 strikeouts over 48.1 innings of work, earning a mid-season promotion.

Nicknamed “Bone Crusher,” Broadway has since spent time back in the Nationals organization, along with the Tampa Bay Rays and Kansas City Royals systems. He most recently split his 2018 season between Double-A Montgomery (Rays) and Triple-A Omaha (Royals). He combined to go 6-3 with two saves and 61 strikeouts over 49.1 innings in his two 2018 stops.

“Mike will be a very nice addition to our bullpen in 2019,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Mike is a righty who can pitch in a variety of roles for our team. We look for Broadway to be a potential late-inning guy for us. He has a bunch of high-level experience, which makes him mature and capable to handle whatever he may encounter in our league. We have received great reports on Mike and feel he will not only be a great asset to our staff, but also a great person in our locker room.”

The Pope County High School (Golconda, Illinois) alumnus has won 37 games with 30 saves and 552 strikeouts over his 14-year minor league career, mainly as a relief pitcher.

The Somerset Patriots will be back in action on Friday, April 26th for Opening Day at TD Bank Ballpark. 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 900 players to MLB organizations while drawing more than 40 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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