Fox was leading the Atlantic League with 25 home runs and 82 RBI and was among the league leaders in several offensive categories including a .310 batting average before signing to play for the Arizona Diamondbacks and reporting to Triple-A in early August.
“Jake is a guy that makes everybody around him better. His play on the field speaks for itself, but he is an even better person and teammate. People feed off his energy and leadership. I am truly happy for Jake as he deserves any and all accolades,” said Brett Jodie, manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
Despite playing in 96 games, Fox’s numbers still rank among the top in the league against players that played an entire season with their teams.
From August 2nd through 4th, Fox had a streak of three consecutive games with walk off hits.
Fox is the fourth Patriots player to receive the Player of the Year honors, joining Michael Warner (2001), Victor Rodriguez (2004), and Josh Pressley (2008).
“Jake had a tremendous year for us. During the time he played in the league this year, he was the clear cut favorite for top player. He meant a lot to our success and how he led our team on and off the field was an example of the right way to play the game and represent your team and yourself at all times,” said Patrick McVerry, President/General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
Fox, third baseman Corey Smith, and reliever Jon Hunton were named to the Atlantic League First Team. Smith finished with a .269 average, 138 hits, 29 doubles, 20 home runs, and 84 RBI in 133 games played.
Hunton led the league with 37 saves, which was a new Somerset franchise record. He finished with a 3.00 ERA, and 37 strikeouts in 54.0 innings pitched over 57 games.
Somerset was also well represented on the Atlantic League second team with outfielders Aharon Eggleston and Cory Aldridge, and pitchers Jason and Josh Lowey.
Eggleston finished an All-Star season with a .294 batting average, 93 runs scored, 126 hits, 22 doubles, eight home runs, and 56 RBI in 120 games played.
Aldridge hit .284 with 94 hits, 23 doubles, 12 home runs, and 53 RBI in 89 games played. He was even more impressive in the post season when he hit .419 with six home runs, and ten RBI.
Jason Lowey finished with a 7-4 record, a 1,76 ERA, and 56 strikeouts in 51.0 innings pitched.
Josh Lowey finished among the league leaders in several pitching categories. He had a team best 14 wins, a 2.89 ERA, and 124 strikeouts in 155.2 innings pitched in 26 games.
McVerry has been named the Atlantic League Executive of the Year. McVerry has been with the Patriots organization since the 1998 season and was one of the first employees to join the franchise. In his 16 years with the team, this is the second time he has been honored by the league.
“We are all very happy and proud of Patrick. Nobody works harder to put on the show that we do day after day. Patrick has been the backbone of our organization for a long-time and we are glad that he received this honor on behalf of his and our staff’s hard work all year long,” said Steve Kalafer, Chairman of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
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