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Arizona Diamondbacks Sign Somerset Patriots' Pitcher

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Aaron Laffey is the fourth Patriots' pitcher to sign with a Major League team since the Atlantic League season began April 21. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ- Somerset Patriots' left-handed pitcher Aaron Laffey has been purchased by the Arizona Diamondbacks.

He becomes the fourth Patriots' pitcher to sign with a Major League team since the Atlantic League season began April 21.

Laffey was 1-1 with a 2.82 ERA and 19 strikeouts over 22.1 innings pitched in four games started for Somerset this season.

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The veteran southpaw has eight years of service in the big leagues, including four seasons with the Cleveland Indians (2007-10), half of a season split between the Seattle Mariners and New York Yankees (2011) and time with the Toronto Blue Jays (2012-13), New York Mets (2013) and Colorado Rockies (2015). Over 156 games in the majors (68 starts), Laffey recorded 26 wins with a 4.44 ERA in 494.1 innings of work.

The Ridgeley, WV resident has split time in each of the last six seasons between the majors and the Triple-A level. Last year, Laffey went 6-6 with a 3.82 ERA over 29 games (14 starts) with Triple-A Syracuse in the Washington Nationals organization. The year prior, he went 5-4 over 27 games (12 starts) with Triple-A Albuquerque before earning a promotion to the majors with the Rockies. Laffey carries a 47-38 record over 157 games (114 starts) at the Triple-A level.

The 16th round draft pick in 2003 owns an 80-59 record with a 4.10 ERA and three saves over 14 professional seasons in minor league baseball.

Previously, left-handed pitchers Jeremy Bleich and Logan Darnell both went to the Los Angeles Dodgers and right-handed pitcher Tyler Cloyd joined the Seattle Mariners. All four have been assigned to the Triple-A affiliates of the MLB clubs.

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