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Barnstormers Ink One: The Lancaster Barnstormers have signed pitcher Coby Mavroulis. The lefty has Single-A experience in the Washington Nationals organization. – SS
Patriots Press Release: Bridgewater, NJ – (PR) Three former Somerset Patriots are currently playing at the Major League level, all in the current New York Mets and Milwaukee Brewers series.
Reliever Mark DiFelice has been called up once again by the Brewers. DiFelice played for the Patriots during the 2005 Championship Season and finished the regular season with a 7-4 record, a 3.09 ERA, and 53 strikeouts in 75.2 innings pitched in 14 games.
DiFelice was even more impressive in the 2005 Playoffs, where he was named the Championship MVP, earning two complete game victories and a save in just six days. He had a 0.90 ERA and ten strikeouts in 20 innings pitched in three games.
He signed with the Brewers in 2007 and reported to Double-A in Huntsville and posted a 6-1 record, a 1.62 ERA, and 60 strikeouts in 26 games. The same season, he pitched at the Triple-A level for Nashville and was 4-2 with a 3.10 ERA and 63 strikeouts in 10 games, all as a starter.
DiFelice began the 2008 season in Nashville and was 3-0 with a 3.91 ERA and 28 strikeouts in four games as a starter before getting promoted to the Majors. He has a minor league career 77-57 record, a 3.53 ERA, and 951 strikeouts in 1,183.1 innings pitched in 250 games.
Earlier this season, DiFelice was called up the Brewers and currently has a 3.95 ERA in ten games pitched, all in relief.
Starting pitcher Brandon Knight, straight from Team USA’s bronze medal performance in the Olympics, has been called up to rejoin the Mets.
Knight started the 2008 season with Somerset, leading the Atlantic League in strikeouts with 50, as well as being a league leader in ERA posting a 2.56 ERA in six starts for the Patriots before signing with the Mets.
Knight was 12-5 with a 4.03 ERA and 111 strikeouts in 91.2 innings pitched in 29 games for Somerset during the 2007 season. He was also named the Atlantic League Pitcher of the Month for September 2007 with his 3-0 record, 1.59 ERA, and 24 strikeouts in 17 innings pitched over three games started.
Knight has Major League experience with the New York Yankees, where he pitched in four games in 2001 and seven games during the 2002 season. Knight also has six seasons of Triple-A experience in the Texas Rangers, Yankees, and Mets organizations.
Knight has a minor league career ERA of 4.39 with 1,288 strikeouts in 1,379.2 innings over 311 games pitched.
Since he signed with the Mets, Knight has been playing for their Triple-A team in New Orleans and has a record of 5-1, a 1.60 ERA, 49 strikeouts, and one save. He was recently named the Pacific Coast League pitcher of the week.
Knight was called up to the Majors earlier this year and started for the Mets on July 26th and left the game in position to win, but received no decision in the contest.
He joins former Patriots catcher Robinson Cancel with the Mets. Cancel played for the Patriots during the team’s 2003 Championship Season. He finished with ten homeruns and 38 RBI in 69 games for Somerset. Cancel returned to the Patriots for six games at the end of the 2004 season.
Cancel started the 2008 season at Single-A in St. Lucie where he played in four games before being called up to Triple-A New Orleans. He played in two games and posted a .375 batting average, with three hits, a homerun, and three RBI before being called up to the Mets on Wednesday.
Cancel has prior Major League experience with the Milwaukee Brewers and has also played in the Oakland Athletics, Tampa Bay Devils Rays, St. Louis Cardinals, and New York Mets organizations, including five seasons at the Triple-A level.
Cancel has a .263 minor league career batting average with 896 hits, 71 homeruns, and 474 RBI in 1,038 games in the minor leagues.
Cancel has a home run and four RBI in 19 games this season with the Mets.