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The Somerset Patriots announced today that they have signed former major league pitcher Carlos Fisher for the 2014 season.

Fisher was originally drafted by the Cincinnati Reds in the 11th round (332rd overall) of the 2005 MLB Draft. He pitched five seasons in the Reds minor league system before making his major league debut on May 24, 2009. In his debut he pitched a scoreless eleventh inning, earning
a victory after an Alex Gonzalez walk-off double at the bottom of the inning.  

During his major league career he posted a 2-5 record with a 4.78 ERA in 98 innings pitched.

"I played with Carlos briefly in the Venezuela Winter League and he was a great player on the field and a great guy in the clubhouse. He brings years of MLB experience to our bullpen and we expect great things from him. He has a deadly 1-2 pitch punch versus a hitter which makes him very valuable to any bullpen" said Jon Hunton Director of Player Personnel for the Patriots.
The Long Island Ducks announced today that Lew Ford will be returning to the Ducks for the 2014 season. Ford will also take on a new role as hitting coach as well as player.
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This will be Ford's fifth season with the Ducks having played for them in parts of 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2013. He has a career .330 batting average with 24 home runs and 121 RBI with the Ducks. 

Ford was originally drafted by the Boston Red Sox in the 12th round (379th) of the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft out of Dallas Baptist University. He played two seasons in the Boston Red Sox organization before he was traded to the Minnesota Twins in 2000. On May 29, 2003 he made his major league debut going 1-for-1 with a base hit against the Seattle Mariners.  Ford played for the Twins from 2003-2007, with his best season coming in 2004 when he hit 15 Home Runs, drove in 72 RBI and stole 20 bases.

In 2012, Ford started the season with the Ducks, but was signed by the Baltimore Orioles organization midway through the season and eventually made it back the major leagues for the first time since 2007. He hit .183 with three home runs and four RBI in 25 games for the Orioles. Ford has a career .268 batting average with 35 home runs and 176 RBI in the major leagues. 
I got a chance to catch up with Somerset catcher Adam Donachie and ask him about re-signing with the Patriots yesterday.

"I'm just glad to be a part of the Somerset Patriots. The past two years have been fun and it's a great organization to be a part of. For Brett Jodie, the coaching staff and the front office to want me back is an honor and can't wait to get this 2014 season under way. I'm sure everyone is like me with the way last year ended. Coming that close to winning it all just left a sour taste in my mouth. So I know for a lot of us this 2014 season is going to be unfinished business to take care of from last year. At the end of this season we hope to be bringing that trophy back to Somerset where it belongs."

Here's what Jon Hunton, the Director of Player Personnel for the Somerset Patriots had to say about the signing of Adam Donachie

"He's one of the returning core guys that represents the Somerset Patriots on and off the field. He is an experienced catcher who controls the pitching staff well, can call a great game, and can hold runners. We are glad to have him back behind the dish," said Hunton
Though the team has yet to announce it yet, Bobby Blevins will return to the Long Island Ducks for the 2014 season.

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Blevins was an intricate part of helping the Ducks win back-to-back Atlantic League championships in 2012 and 2013, though he started both seasons in the Can-Am League with the Rockland Boulders before joining the Ducks late in each season. 

Bobby Blevins was originally drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 13th round (416th overall) in the 2007 MLB Draft out of Le Moyne College. He pitched four seasons in the Dodgers organization posting a 20-30 record with a 4.32 ERA in 365 innings pitched. 

In 2011, he joined the Rockland Boulders and he had  6-8 record with a 3.98 ERA. 

The following season he rejoined the Boulders and went 8-9 with a 3.65 ERA, but was eventually traded to the Ducks late in the season. He pitched 12 innings for the Ducks in the 2012 playoffs posting a 3.75 ERA. 

Blevins again started the 2013 season in Rockland where he posted a 9-10 record with a 4.24. For the second year in a row he was sent to the Ducks toward the end of the season. 

Blevins pitched a five hit gem, allowing only one run over eight innings in game four of the 2013 Atlantic League series but got a no decision after the Ducks lost in 16-innings. 
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The Somerset Patriots announced today that they have signed outfielder Ty Wright for the 2014 season.

"Ty (Wright) is a key addition to our already great outfield corps. He's a great teammate and a great player, the kind of guy we look for. He's had success at every level and we expect the same from him in Somerset. We're very excited to have him," said Jon Hunton Director of Player Personnel for the Patriots.

Wright was originally drafted in the 7th round (217th overall) by the Chicago Cubs in the 2007 MLB Draft out of Oklahoma State University. Wright played all seven seasons of his professional career in the Cubs organization including 238 games at the Triple-A level. He has a career .292 batting average with 60 home runs and 381 RBI in 724 games.

Last season hit split time between the Cubs Double-A affiliate Tennessee and their Triple-A affiliate Iowa. He compiled a .269 batting average with nine home runs and 55 RBI between the two levels.
The Somerset Patriots announced today that they have re-signed catcher Adam Donachie for the 2014 season. This will be the third season for Donachie with Somerset.

Last season, Donachie hit .235 with 6 home runs and 40 RBI, and was solid defensively in 82 games for the Patriots.

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Donachie was originally a 2nd round (47th overall) draft pick of the Kansas City Royals in 2002. He played in the Royals organization for eight seasons before joining the Baltimore Orioles organization in 2009. He played three seasons in the Orioles organization including 92 games at the Triple-A level. He had a .225 batting average with 50 home runs and 247 RBI in 685 games during his affiliated career. 
There was a recent transaction on the Frontier League website that may interest Long Island Duck fans. According to the site the Gateway Grizzles traded infielder Chris McClendon to the Ducks for a player to be named later. However, the Ducks or Atlantic League have yet to post anything on their sites about it.

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This is interesting because many leagues are in the process of protecting players from last years roster, as well as signing players who are unprotected. It's possible the Ducks had interest in him before he signed with the Grizzles and eventually decided to trade for him.

Hopefully the Ducks post something over the next few days to clear this up. Until then here's a little about McClendon...

Chris McClendon went undrafted after playing college baseball at the University of Kentucky. He signed with the Gateway Grizzles of the Frontier League after he finished his college career in 2009. McClendon played five seasons in the Frontier League for the Grizzles and the River City Rascals. He has a career .303 batting average with 23 home runs and 158 RBI to go along with a .404 on-base percentage in 319 independent league games.

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The Long Island Ducks announced today they have re-signed outfielder Adam Bailey and first baseman Ryan Strieby for the 2014 season. This will be the second season for both players with the Ducks.

Last season, Bailey played in 133 for the Ducks hitting .254 with 15 home runs and 57 RBI. He was instrumental in helping the Ducks win their second consecutive Atlantic League championship.

Prior to joining the Ducks in 2013, Bailey played three seasons in the Houston Astros organization after being drafted in the 23rd round (693rd overall) of the 2010 MLB Draft. During that time he had a .271 batting average with 38 home runs and 173 RBI in 296 games.

Ryan Strieby started off hot with the Ducks in 2013, hitting .359 through the first two weeks of the season. However, an injury sidelined him for a good portion of the season. He finished the 2013 season with a .251 batting average, 4 home runs,  and 27 RBI in 53 games.

Strieby was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 4th round (112th overall) of the 2006 MLB Draft out of the University of Kentucky. He played seven and half seasons in the Tigers organization, before joining the Arizona Diamondbacks organization toward the end of the 2012 season. The power hitting first baseman has 113 home runs with 443 RBI, and a .441 slugging percentage in his affiliated career.


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