Holden returns for his fourth season in Somerset. He finished 2012 with a .268 average, 86 hits, 13 doubles, three triples, 25 RBI, and 22 stolen bases in 92 games played.
Holden was an Atlantic League All-Star in 2011 with a .272 average, 90 hits, 21 doubles, 32 RBI, and was among the league leaders with 31 stolen bases.
Before joining Somerset, Holden played in 2008 for the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League, finishing with a .259 batting average, 30 hits, three doubles, and 11 RBI in 42 games.
“Joe’s been a great part of our team and a fan favorite each of his seasons with us for his gritty play on the field and willingness to always be involved in our community. We look forward to Joe being back with us this year,” said Patrick McVerry, President/General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
Eggleston has eight seasons of independent minor league experience including time in the Northern League, Atlantic League, and American Association.
He spent last season at Fargo-Moorhead and finished with a .277 batting average with 43 hits, seven doubles, and 14 RBI in 38 games played.
In 2011 at Kansas City, Eggleston hit .324 with 101 hits, 23 doubles, six home runs, and 49 RBI in 82 games played.
He appeared in 12 games for the York Revolution of the Atlantic League during the 2009 season.
He has a minor league career .311 batting average, 757 hits, 136 doubles, 22 triples, 24 home runs, 327 RBI, and 132 stolen bases in 623 games played.
The 2013 season will begin at home on Thursday, April 18th at 7:05 pm. For more information about the upcoming season, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.