JOSE REYES Graduated from Ramapo College in NJ in May of 2014
NATE SPEARSHit .200 in May, .347 in June
JAMES SKELTON In 12 minor league seasons career OBP of .391
JONNY TUCKER Catalyst to the lineup. Leadoff hitter and great defensive center fielder.
DAVID VIDAL Is the third string emergency catcher on the squad
VINNY ZARRILLOGraduated from Rutgers University in May of 2015
SERIOUS SEPTEMBER BASEBALL: The Patriots won the First Half Liberty Division Title and are therefore going to the postseason. This is their third straight playoff appearance and 12th postseason appearance in the franchise’s 18 years of existence. The postseason begins Wednesday, September 23rd. The first two games will be on the road at the back three will be at home in the five game set.
HISTORY HAPPENED: The Patriots set an Atlantic League record for most wins in one half (50). The previous record was 48 done by the 2005 Atlantic City Surf and by the 2013 Sugar Land Skeeters.
BIG Z: The Patriots are 8-0 in Matt Zielinski’s last 8 starts
EGGS SUNNY SIDE UP: Aharon Eggleston snapped his 20 game hitting streak on Saturday. That was the longest streak by any Atlantic League player this year. He has reached base in 32 straight games
ANDINO THE BAMBINO: Robert Andino hit .186 in May, .276 in June, .333 in July. He has hit safely in 11 of his last 12 games.
CARDIAC PATS: Somerset has 18 wins in their final at bat and 9 walk-off wins
PUTTING UP ZEROS: The Patriots shutout the opposition 14 times this year
WALK THE WALK: The Patriots have drawn the most walks as an offense and issued the fewest walks as a pitching staff
ROAD WARRIORS: The Patriots are in the midst of playing 14 of 17 on the road. They boast the best road record in the Atlantic League at 32-12
TURNING IT AROUND: Adam Donachie had been 4-for-37 this month prior to last night but in the series finale against the Ducks the reigning Atlantic League Catcher of the Year went 3-for-4 with two RBI and two runs scored
MAT IS BACK: Since July 15th Mat Gamel has raised his batting average from .143 to .186. Over his last 11 games he has 11 RBI and is 15-for-42 good for a .357 batting average
CLOSING TIME: Jon Hunton is 14-for-14 in last 14 save chances. Since June 19th he has appeared in 15 games, logged 15.1 innings, allowed 1 run (0.60 ERA), surrendered 11 hits, struck out 10 and walked one batter.
FUN FRIDAY: The Patriots are 12-2 on games played on a Friday
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#31 MATT ZIELINSKI (6-1, 2.39)
LHP HT: 6-3 WT: 200 AGE: 27 RESIDES: Southhampton, Pennsylvania PITCHES: 4, 2, CURV, CHANGE * Went undrafted out of West Chester University in Pennsylvania. Attended Richmond University for undergrad years.
* 2014 Atlantic League All-Star. Started the All-Star game at Constellation Field.
* Played for Evansville Otters in Frontier League for three years. Second straight year with Patriots.
* Was a high school football player. His position was center.
* Big Philadelphia Flyers fan
* Opposed Tracy McGrady when McGrady made his professional debut last year. Zielinksi earned the win while T-Mac took the loss