02/22/2017 8:23 AM
Bridgewater, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have announced that open player tryouts for the team will be held at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, April 8th beginning at 8:30 am.
There will be an administration fee of $50 to tryout, with the proceeds benefitting the Somerset Patriots Children’s Educational And Sportsmanship Foundation, which donates to various charities supported by the Somerset Patriots.
Players are to report to TD Bank Ballpark by 8:00 am for registration. Participants must be high school graduates and at least eighteen years of age. All those present should provide their career statistics and must supply their own wooden bats and baseball gloves. All participants will be required to sign a release form before trying out for the team.
Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie, his coaching staff, and Director of Player Personnel Jon Hunton will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark.
The Somerset Patriots have invited 22 players from tryouts to Spring Training over the past 18 years. One recent tryout signee was infielder and fan favorite Scott Kelly, who has been with the team since the 2014 season.
In 2012, the Somerset Patriots signed left-handed pitcher Roy Merritt from the tryouts. Merritt helped the Somerset Patriots win the 2015 Atlantic League Championship, earning Playoff MVP honors.
“The tryouts give us the opportunity to discover a player who might not have fully been given a shot for some reason or another. We’ve been able to sign guys almost every year, and not just guys to fill our roster, but players that can be difference makers for us. The guys that joined us from the last few tryouts, are perfect examples of its success,” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
Tickets to the 2017 Somerset Patriots Season presented by Ford, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, will go on sale on Tuesday, January 17th. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.
About The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.