Bleich enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. He has played in the New York Yankees, Pittsburgh Pirates and Philadelphia Phillies organizations, including three seasons of Triple-A service.
Bleich was originally drafted by the Yankees in the 1st round (44th overall) of the 2008 June Amateur MLB Draft out of Stanford University.
The Metairie, Louisiana native has played in three-straight seasons at the Triple-A level, including parts of 2016 with the Lehigh Valley Iron Pigs. Bleich also went 4-2 with a 4.14 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 41.1 innings pitched earlier this season at Double-A Reading.
The left-hander compiled a 2.60 ERA and 11 strikeouts in 17.1 innings for the Triple-A Indianapolis Indians in 2015.
Bleich has a minor league career 4.03 ERA with 385 strikeouts in 496 innings over 174 games.
Bleich will be activated for Friday night’s game against the Bridgeport Bluefish. To make room for him, the Somerset Patriots have released right-handed pitcher Rob Bryson.
The 2016 Somerset Patriots Season Presented By Ford is underway. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2016 season, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700 or visit somersetpatriots.com
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