BRIDGEWATER, NJ – While his former teammates on the Somerset Patriots load on to a bus Saturday morning for an exhibition game in York, Pa., pitcher Tyler Cloyd will be flying to the west coast to join his new AAA team in Tacoma, WA.
It's a journey similar to the one Cloyd followed in 2017, when the Seattle Mariners signed the right-hander to a minor league contract with the Tacoma Rainiers, their top farm club. Just 27 days after throwing his last pitch for the Patriots, Cloyd was called up to the Mariners to pitch out of their bullpen.
At that time, he was the 18th player in Patriots' franchise history to record service at the Major League level after donning a Somerset uniform.
The Papillon, Neb. native first broke into the majors in 2012 with the Philadelphia Phillies. A former 18th round pick of the team in the 2008 Amateur Draft, Cloyd earned four wins with 71 strikeouts over 19 games (17 starts) over two seasons in the big leagues with Philadelphia. After getting back to “The Show” with the Mariners in 2017, he signed with the Miami Marlins as a free agent for the 2018 season, eventually getting back to the majors to strike out 13 batters over 17.2 innings in seven relief appearances.
Cloyd signed a minor league contract with the New York Yankees in 2016, a year prior to joining the Patriots. There, he posted a 1.37 ERA over four games before his season was cut short due to injury.
The University of Nebraska at Omaha alumnus spent the first six seasons of his professional career in the Phillies system before pitching with Triple-A Columbus in the Cleveland Indians organization in 2014. Cloyd’s best season as a pro came in 2012 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley. That year, he went 12-1 and led the International League in ERA (2.35). He was named an International League Mid-Season and Post-Season All-Star that year, along with MiLB.com Organizational All-Star and the league’s Most Valuable Pitcher honors. Topps also named Cloyd a 2012 Triple-A All-Star and the International League Player of the Year.
Cloyd most recently spent Spring Training this year in the Tampa Bay Rays camp.
He has commanded an 88-70 record with a 4.13 ERA, seven complete games and three total shutouts over 288 games (226 starts) in his 11-year professional career.
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