Bleich appeared in two games this season and struck out two batters in 2.1 scoreless innings pitched. He re-signed with the team in April after time in spring training with the Arizona Diamondbacks.
This was Bleich’s second season with the Somerset Patriots and the Atlantic League. The 29-year old joined the Patriots last July and appeared in 17 games out of the bullpen, pitching to the tune of a 2.45 ERA and 28 strikeouts against just three walks over 22 innings of work. He began the 2016 season in the Philadelphia Phillies organization with Double-A Reading where he earned four wins over 29 games (one start).
The 6’2” lefty is a former first round draft pick (44th pick) of the New York Yankees in the 2008 draft. Bleich spent his first six professional seasons with the Yankees organization and reached Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2014.
The Stanford University alumnus also recently made three appearances with Team Israel in the 2017 World Baseball Classic, striking out a pair of batters over 2.1 innings of work.
Over 201 career games (76 starts) in his eight-year professional career, the New Orleans, Louisiana native owns a 3.83 ERA and 447 strikeouts in 556.1 career innings.
He is the first Somerset Patriots player to have his contract purchased this season and will report to Triple-A for the Dodgers organization.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary, are on sale now. TD Bank Ballpark will be the host of the 2017 Atlantic League All-Star Game presented by RWJBarnabas Health and Horizon Blue Cross Blue Shield of New Jersey on Wednesday, July 12th. For more information, stop by the ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
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