BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have re-signed outfielder Carlos Guzman for the 2017 season.
“I’m excited to come back and bring a championship back to the Patriots,” said Guzman. “I’m giving it all I have this season and leaving it all out there because I feel that I’m going to retire after this year. I truly do love this organization; from top to bottom they are first class. I am proud to go out a Somerset Patriot. I dedicate all my time to the love of my life, my daughter, Shiloh.”
Guzman enters his second season with the Patriots and fourth in the Atlantic League. Guzman hit .264 with the Patriots last year, and finished second on the team in doubles (21) and home runs (12). Additionally, he ranked fourth on the team in RBI (58), hits (108), at-bats (409) and games played (111) along with fifth in stolen bases (11).
He played briefly for the York Revolution and the Road Warriors in 2011 before spending all of 2015 with the Camden Riversharks.
The Brooklyn, NY native played in 135 games with the Riversharks in 2015 (second-most in the league). He ranked third in the league in RBI (76), seventh in stolen bases (23), eighth in hits (140) and ninth in batting average (.276). He also tallied 10 home runs, 27 doubles and led the league among right fielders in outfield assists (10).
Guzman spent the first five years of his professional career in the New York Mets organization, reaching as high as Double-A Binghamton from 2009-2011. He spent the next three seasons in the Can-Am league, including a year with the New Jersey Jackals (2012) and a year with the Newark Bears (2013).
“Carlos had a great season for us last year and I think he is prepared for an even better effort in 2017,” said Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He brings a lot of versatility and athletic ability to our defense. Guzman is also a presence in our lineup as he can be a very tough out when he gets comfortable. I think we will see a determined Carlos Guzman this year; one who is ready to help the Patriots in a quest for a championship.”
The switch-hitter owns a .268 batting average with 74 home runs, 440 RBI, 153 doubles, and 75 stolen bases over his 10-year career.
Tickets to the 2017 Patriots season, which includes the team’s 20th Anniversary and the Atlantic League All-Star Game at TD Bank Ballpark, are on sale now. For more information, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700, or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.