All-Star LHP Rick Teasley Rejoins Somerset Patriots

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed Atlantic League All-Star left-handed pitcher Rick Teasley for the 2019 season.

“I’m excited to be coming back, especially with so many familiar faces also returning,” said Teasley. “We haven’t finished the way we started the last two years, so we are looking to change that this year and have fun while doing so.” TeasleyIG19

Teasley enters his third year with the Somerset Patriots and third season in the Atlantic League. The southpaw enjoyed another strong year with Somerset in 2018, posting four wins with a 3.60 ERA and 71 strikeouts over 16 games (15 starts). Despite missing over a month due to injury, Teasley returned strong to finish the season, including a six-strikeout performance over five innings of one-run ball in a Game Four of the Liberty Division Championship Series win over the Long Island Ducks.

The Port St. Lucie, Florida native had a breakout 2017 season in Somerset, posting a 7-2 record with a 2.85 ERA over 14 appearances (10 starts). Teasley went 2-0 and allowed just one run over his first four appearances (0.75 ERA) as a reliever before he transitioned into the starting rotation.

From there, Teasley shined. He went 5-2 over 10 games as a starting pitcher and was selected as the starting pitcher for the Liberty Division in the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game. He tossed a scoreless, perfect inning to begin the festivities at TD Bank Ballpark.

At the time of the All-Star Game, the lefty was tied for the league-lead in wins (7) and ranked sixth in the league in ERA (2.85). His contract was later purchased by ChinaTrust Brothers (Taiwan) on July 17th, where he finished his 2017 season.

Teasley owns an 11-7 record with a 3.18 ERA, 120 strikeouts and 28 walks in 161.2 innings pitched over his two seasons with the Patriots.

“We are proud to be joined again by Rick,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Rick is a true competitor on the mound for our club. He takes pride in finding a way to lead the team to win. Even when he does not have his best stuff, he has enough heart, drive, will and desire to give the team a great opportunity to win. Rick is a great guy in our clubhouse, as well as our community, and will be a huge part of our success again this year.”

Prior to 2017, Teasley had pitched for three seasons with the Southern Illinois Miners of the Frontier League, totaling a 28-14 record with a 3.67 ERA in 57 starts. He went 8-5 over 17 starts and finished third in the league in complete games (three) with the Miners in 2016.

The St. Leo College alumnus impressed in 2015 with Southern Illinois as well with a 9-4 record over 20 starts with a 2.78 ERA. Additionally, he finished third in the league in innings pitched (126.1) and fourth in strikeouts (105) that season.

Teasley also led the Frontier League in wins (11) in 2014. In his three seasons with the Miners, he became the franchise’s all-time leader in starts, innings pitched and shutouts. He also tossed the first no-hitter in team history on June 5th, 2014.

The 26 year-old began his career in the Tampa Bay Rays organization, where he tossed a 2.61 ERA over 41.1 innings of work split between Rookie-level Princeton and Short-Season Hudson Valley.

He owns a career 42-25 record and a 3.47 ERA over six seasons of professional baseball stateside.

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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MLB And Atlantic League Announce New Partnership To Test Experimental Playing Rules And Equipment Initiatives

ALPB-MLB-Partnership-Story-Patriots-BlogMajor League Baseball (MLB) announced today that it has reached a three-year agreement with the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) that will permit MLB to test experimental playing rules and equipment during the Atlantic League’s Championship Season. In addition to rules governing the transfer of players from the Atlantic League to Major League Baseball, the new agreement includes rights for MLB to implement changes to Atlantic League playing rules in order to observe the effects of potential future rule changes and equipment. MLB will work with ALPB to modify the experimental playing rules and equipment each season during the agreement.

MLB also will enhance its scouting coverage of the Atlantic League, installing radar tracking technology in the eight Atlantic League ballparks and providing statistical services to ALPB clubs.

The new agreement continues Major League Baseball’s longstanding practice of testing potential new approaches under game conditions. In recent years, MLB has utilized and evaluated experimental rules in its Arizona Fall League, the game’s top off-season developmental platform.

“We are excited to announce this new partnership with the Atlantic League,” said Morgan Sword, MLB’s Senior Vice President, League Economics & Operations. “We look forward to bringing some of the best ideas about the future of our game to life in a highly competitive environment.”

Atlantic League President Rick White added: “The Atlantic League prides itself on innovation. In that spirit, our Board of Directors, led by Chairman and Founder Frank Boulton, enthusiastically and unanimously approved this forward-looking agreement.”

Major League Baseball and the Atlantic League will announce the experimental playing rule and equipment changes for the 2019 ALPB Championship Season in the coming weeks.

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Major League LHP Logan Darnell Returns To Somerset

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed Major League left-handed pitcher Logan Darnell for the 2019 season.

“I’m pumped to be be back, working with the coaching staff again for another great year,” said Darnell. “I’ll do whatever is needed of me to help the team win!” Darnell Signing IG

Darnell enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and second in the Atlantic League. The southpaw appeared in 12 games (six starts) with the Patriots in 2017, posting a 4-2 record with a 3.86 ERA over 46.2 innings of work. He had his contract purchased twice that season: once with by the Los Angeles Dodgers and once by the Tampa Bay Rays. After not appearing in a game with the Dodgers, Darnell carried a 5-3 record with a 3.98 ERA over 12 starts for Double-A Montgomery in the Rays system.

The Greenbrier, Tennessee resident made his Major League debut with the Minnesota Twins on May 6, 2014, where he limited the Cleveland Indians to three scoreless innings without and hit and one strikeout. Overall, Darnell made seven appearances (four starts) with the Twins in 2014 and struck out 22 batters over 24 innings of work.

Darnell split his 2018 season in the Washington Nationals organization between Double-A Harrisburg and Triple-A Syracuse. He won eight games and struck out 86 batters over 26 games (21 starts) between the two stops.

“There are certain guys that just seem to be a perfect fit for Somerset, and Logan is definitely one of them,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “It brings a smile to my face to be joined again by Logan. He is a great, quality left-handed starting pitcher for us. He’s a true competitor, takes pride in winning for the team and is a great clubhouse guy. Logan brings the team closer together. People like to be around him and he is a huge positive for our locker room and community.”

The University of Kentucky alumnus spent the majority of his time between 2014-2016 in the Twins organization with Triple-A Rochester. Darnell went 8-8 with a 3.53 ERA over 18 starts as a teammate of former Patriot Buddy Boshers in 2016. The previous season, he went 5-1 with a 2.78 ERA over 35 appearances (seven starts). In 2014, prior to being called up by the Twins, Darnell impressed with a 3.60 ERA and 90 strikeouts in 115 innings of work at Rochester.

Additionally, the lefty was honored with the Harmon Killebrew Award for Community Service for three-straight seasons (2014-’16) in Rochester. The award is handed to one player in each level of the Minnesota Twins organization for the player most exemplified Killebrew’s passion for helping out his local community.

The 2010 sixth-round pick owns a 67-56 record with a 3.94 ERA over his nine-year minor league career.

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)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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 Brings Back Major League LHP Brett Oberholtzer

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have re-signed four-year Major League left-handed pitcher Brett Oberholtzer for the 2019 season.

“I’d like to thank Somerset for bringing me back on board again,” said Oberholtzer. “This gives me another great opportunity to move my career forward.” Oberholtzer Signing IG19

Oberholtzer technically enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League, though he did spend spring training with the Patriots last year. He was pegged as the Opening Day starting pitcher before his contract was purchased by the Colorado Rockies organization prior to the start of the season. There, he won seven games over 24 games (23 starts) with 91 strikeouts over 132.2 innings of work.

The Christiana, Delaware native 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.

Oberholtzer 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. The southpaw 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 extremely proud to announce the return of Brett Oberholtzer,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We only had him for one spring training outing last year, but it was enough to see how special he is on the mound. We hope Brett has the opportunity to move on quickly once again, but we look forward to having him on the mound while he is here. Oberholtzer is a dominating presence on the mound. He pounds the zone, works quick and lets the team play behind him. He will be a pillar in our rotation.”

Oberholtzer made 24 starts for Triple-A Buffalo (Toronto Blue Jays) in 2017. He has pitched exclusively at either the Major League or Triple-A level in each of the past six seasons. The Seminole Community College alum is 62-63 with a 4.15 ERA, 1.31 WHIP and 799 strikeouts over 10 seasons of minor league baseball.

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)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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 Re-Sign New Jersey Native Nate Roe

Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots announced today that right-handed relief pitcher, New Jersey native and Rutgers alumnus Nate Roe has been re-signed for the 2019 season.

“To say I am excited to return to Somerset would be an understatement,” said Roe. “It is an honor to play in front of the best fans in the Atlantic League while wearing a Patriots jersey. The owners, front office, coaching staff and everyone else behind the scenes are the reason Somerset is so successful. The end of last year left a bad taste in my mouth and I’m ready to help bring a championship back home to Somerset.” RoeIG19

Roe enters his second season with the Somerset Patriots and fourth in the Atlantic League. The reliever ranked fourth on the team with 48 appearances (two starts) last year, and led all relief pitchers on the team with 59.1 innings pitched. He finished the season with a 5-3 record and a 4.55 ERA in his first stint with the Patriots.

The Plainfield, New Jersey native’s best run of the season came over a 12-game stretch from May 30 to June 28 where the righty allowed just one earned run over 11.2 innings of work (0.77 ERA) with 12 strikeouts against four walks. He went 2-0 over those 12 appearances.

“It is vital to have a guy like Nate Roe on your ball club,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Nate is an unselfish player who puts the team first in all aspects. He has been around our league for a few years and is experienced in many roles as a pitcher. He did a good job for us in a variety of duties last year, but I know he is looking to be even more consistent this season. Nate is a joy to have around the clubhouse, keeping everyone loose and having fun. He comes to work every day to get better, help the team win and be a positive influence on others.”

Roe spent the majority of his two seasons prior to Somerset with the New Britain Bees, where he split time between work as a starting pitcher and as a reliever. He went 5-3 over 12 appearances (10 starts) in 2016 with New Britain before he established himself as an All-Star relief pitcher in 2017.

The former Scarlet Knight appeared in 58 games for the Bees in 2017 (tied for ninth in the league) with a 7-6 record, one save and a 3.63 ERA. Roe held his ERA under 2.00 and his WHIP (walks/hits per innings pitched) under 1.00 for the first two months of the season and finished the first half with a 2.31 ERA over 30 relief appearances. That included an impressive 14-game stretch from May 11 to June 11 over which he did not allow an unearned run (16.2 innings).

Roe spent the first three years of his professional career with the Rockland Boulders (Can-Am League): primarily as a relief pitcher. He finished up 2015 with the Garden State Greys before joining the Quebec Capitals to begin the 2016 season. He appeared in 11 games with Quebec before he signed with New Britain to end the 2016 season.

The Rutgers product owns a 28-24 record with four saves and 256 strikeouts over his six-year professional career.

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)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 40 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 900 players and 70 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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