Bridgewater, NJ- The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that open tryouts for the team will be held at TD Bank Ballpark on Saturday, April 6th from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm.
There will be an administration fee of $40 to tryout, with proceeds being donated to the Somerset Patriots Children’s Educational And Sportsmanship Foundation, which has been established to give to various charities helped by the Somerset Patriots.
Players are to report to TD Bank Ballpark at 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.
Coaches and representatives from the Patriots will be on hand to evaluate the players at the ballpark, including manager Brett Jodie, hitting/third base coach Shane Spencer, pitching coach Cory Domel, President/General Manager Patrick McVerry, and Vice President/Assistant General Manager Rob Lukachyk.
The Patriots have invited 15 players from tryouts to Spring Training over the past 15 years. Last season, pitchers Roy Merritt and Travis Bowyer made the club from the tryouts. Merritt became one of the Patriots top starting pitchers last season, finishing 8-8 with a 3.22 ERA and 118 strikeouts in 153.2 innings pitched in 27 games. Bowyer appeared in 15 games for the team in the first half of the season. Other notables include Tony Gsell, who played for Somerset from 2003 through 2006, and Jim Burt Jr., who played for the team throughout the 2006 season.
“The opportunity is there for players to showcase for us their ability to play at a high level. Historically we’ve been successful at signing players each year from the tryouts and are looking to give guys the chance that they deserve to make our team,” said Patrick McVerry, President/ General Manager of the Somerset Patriots Baseball Club.
For information about the Somerset Patriots 2013 Season, beginning at home on Thursday, April 18th, stop by the Ticket Office located at TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit the Patriots on-line at http://www.somersetpatriots.com.