Bridgewater, NJ – Pitcher Jim Magrane has been named #12 on the Patriots Top 15 list, a part of the team’s 15th Season Anniversary, designed to celebrate the best players in team history as voted on by fans, Patriots players and coaches, and team officials.
Magrane finished the 2009 season as the first ever Atlantic League pitcher to lead the league in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. He finished with a 15-4 record, a 2.70 ERA, and 134 strikeouts in 183 innings pitched in 27 games.
Magrane’s 15 wins tied a Patriots single-season record with Brian Adams (2007). He was the third Patriots pitcher to win the award, joining Justin Jensen (1999) and Adams (2007).
Magrane originally joined the Patriots after a short stint with the Long Island Ducks in the early part of the 2008 season. Despite early struggles in Long Island, Patriots Pitching Coach Brett Jodie saw something special in Magrane.
After signing Magrane, Jodie worked with him to adjust how he was throwing the baseball, focusing on his arm and wrist angles and finger location on the baseball. The improvements began to show in the second half of the 2008 season, but were evident by Magrane’s dominance in 2009.
“He really figured it out in 2009. Even when he wasn’t at his best, he found ways to win. I know he’d make pitches up on the spot and use whatever worked that day. He probably could have won 20 games that year with a little more run support on some days,” Jodie said.
In addition to being named Pitcher of the Year, Magrane was awarded the Pitcher of the Month in August where he was 3-1 with a 2.52 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 39.1 innings pitched in five games started.
Magrane has a Patriots career 27-16 record, a 3.58 ERA, and 270 strikeouts in 381.2 innings pitched in 59 games.
“I never saw anybody match what Jim did that season. What a pick up that is to a staff to have a guy that dominating that is going to give you the best chance to win every time he went out and pitched,” Jodie added.
Magrane had prior experience in the Tampa Bay Rays and Washington Nationals organizations, including six seasons at the Triple-A level before reaching the Atlantic League.
Throughout the 2012 season, the Patriots will be counting down the Top 15 players in team history and then highlight the chosen players on baseball card giveaways and a special lithograph during the year.