BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Greg Ross.

“I have done my research on the Patriots and the Atlantic League and it has opened up my eyes,” said Ross. “It is the real deal around here. I did not realize at first how beneficial it would be for my career. I am very excited to get started.”

Ross enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 26 year-old has spent his entire five-year career in the Atlanta Braves organization, with service with Double-A Mississippi in 2014 and 2015. Over his two seasons at the Double-A level, Ross posted a 14-12 record with a 3.30 ERA over 38 games (35 starts). More recently, the 6’3” hurler went 5-2 with a 1.99 ERA over his last 11 starts of the 2015 season.

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The Baltimore, Maryland native’s best season came in 2014 with Mississippi, where he recorded a 7-3 record with a 2.08 ERA over 13 games (12 starts). Earlier that year, he recorded five wins with High-A Lynchburg. Overall, Ross led all Braves farmhand pitchers in wins (12) and innings pitched (157.2) that year.

“We are very happy to have Greg join the Patriots family,” manager Brett Jodie said. “Greg has the potential to be a true workhorse for our pitching staff. He has had success both as a starter and out of the bullpen, so we will see where he fits best. Greg attacks hitters and takes pride in pounding the strike zone and letting his defense make plays.”

The 2011 Braves’ draft pick owns a career 43-34 record with a 3.60 ERA in 121 appearances (97 starts) over five-seasons.

The Somerset Patriots won their Atlantic League leading sixth championship during the 2015 season. Tickets are now on-sale for the upcoming 2016 season and the schedule can be viewed at www.somersetpatriots.com. For more information or to purchase tickets for the 2016 season, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call 908-252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.