Patriots Sign Veteran Left-Handed Pitcher

Newly-signed left-hander Mike Antonini made his debut for the Patriots Wednesday, pitching 3.1 innings with 4 strikeouts, allowing 1 hit. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots

BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have signed veteran left-handed pitcher Mike Antonini.

Antonini enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and fourth in the Atlantic League. The southpaw appeared in 13 games with the Camden Riversharks in 2013 before he pitched for the Bridgeport Bluefish in 2015 and 2016. His best Atlantic League season came in 2015 with the Bluefish when he posted four wins over 11 starts with a 2.79 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 67.2 innings of work.

Last year, the Drexel Hill, Pa. native earned four wins with a 3.92 ERA in 17 starts with Bridgeport.

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Antonini also enjoyed a solid season for the New Jersey Jackals (Can-Am) in 2014 with a 9-3 record, 2.84 ERA and 115 strikeouts in 117.1 innings pitched. That included a Can-Am record 15-strikeout performance on July 12th, 2014 against the Lincoln Saltdogs.

The Georgia College and State University alumnus spent the first four years of his professional career in the New York Mets organization, and reached the Triple-A level in both 2009 and 2010. He was then traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers and was named a 2011 Organizational All-Star with Double-A Chattanooga. He appeared in 30 games with Triple-A Albuquerque in 2012 and was twice called up to the Majors, but never appeared in a game.

The 2007 18th-round draft pick is 60-64 in his 10-year professional career with a 4.08 ERA. He made his debut for the Patriots in Wednesday's day game, the first of a day-night doubleheader, pitching 3.1 innings with 4 strikeouts, allowing one hit in a 1-0 win over the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs..

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