Bridgewater, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced the signings of right-handed pitchers Ben Hoffman and Connor Root.
Hoffman joins Somerset shortly after concluding his collegiate career at Monmouth University where he was a two-year letter winner.
In his senior season at Monmouth, Hoffman carried a 3.79 ERA over 20 appearances with 24 strikeouts and one save in 35.2 innings of work.
The Berlin, NJ native picked up three wins in 31 career appearances for Monmouth.
Prior to committing to Monmouth, Hoffman helped guide Gloucester County College to a Region 19 Championship and an appearance in the NJCAA World Series while leading the team in appearances. Hoffman was also a member of the 2013 Eastern High School New Jersey Group IV State Championship Team.
Root enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and his second in the Atlantic League. The righty made six starts for the Lancaster Barnstormers in 2016, earning one win with 12 strikeouts in 27.2 innings of work.
Before making his way to the Atlantic League, Root made his first professional appearances in a start with the Quebec Capitales of the Can-Am League last May. The right-hander struck out five in five innings on the mound in his only game with Quebec.
Root played collegiately at Bentley University through 2016. In his senior season, the Nashua, New Hampshire native made 10 starts for the Falcons and carried a 3.98 ERA with 47 strikeouts over 52 innings.
Both Hoffman and Root are active for Sunday’s game against the New Britain Bees.
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