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Patriots Sign All-Star Closer from Frontier League

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Righty reliever Randy McCurry, a Frontier League All-Star, has signed with the Somerset Patriots. Credits: Courtesy of Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ - The Somerset Patriots have signed right-handed relief pitcher Randy McCurry for the 2018 season.

“I’m excited to play in the Atlantic League this year,” said McCurry. “It’ll be a transition for me but I am ready to face some really good competition and help the team win.”

McCurry enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The Oklahoma State University alumnus has pitched the last two years as the primary closer for the Evansville Otters in the Frontier League. Two years ago, McCurry led the league in saves (23) with a 3-3 record, 2.11 ERA and 41 strikeouts over 34 innings pitched. He was named to the All-Star game that year and was listed as the lone relief pitcher selected as a Post-Season All-Star.

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The Ada, Oklahoma native continued his strong play in the 2016 playoffs, recording three saves including a championship-clinching save for the Otters in game five of the Frontier League Championship Series.

McCurry followed up his impressive 2016 campaign with an equally strong 2017 in Evansville. The 6’1” righty went 4-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 17 saves over 26 appearances. He finished his two-year tenure in the Frontier League with a 7-4 record, 2.39 ERA and 40 saves over 61 relief appearances. 

“We are pleased to add McCurry to our bullpen,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “McCurry is a very athletic guy that has played professional baseball as both a pitcher and position player. He had great success as a late-inning guy in the Frontier League and will be ready to compete in camp and show us what he’s got. Randy comes highly recommended and we are happy to have him as a part of our team.

McCurry was a two-way player in college at Oklahoma State, including single-season school record of 10 saves in his freshman season. He was later drafted as an infielder by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2013 and spent one season with Low-A Hillsboro. He split time between second base and third base over 55 games with Hillsboro in 2013 before resuming his career as a pitcher in 2016.

Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 season beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visitwww.somersetpatriots.com.

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