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Patriots Sign Right-Handed Pitcher Who is Stingy with Free Passes

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The Somerset Patriots have signed right hander Seth Webster.
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed right-handed pitcher Seth Webster for the 2017 season.

“I have done a lot of research and I am super excited about joining the Somerset Patriots,” said Webster. “Everyone knows that the Atlantic League is a top league out there, and now I believe I will be on the best team in the best league. I look forward to coming in and helping the team win a championship.”

Webster enters his first season with the Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The 6’5” side armer spent parts of his first four professional seasons with the Schaumburg Boomers in the Frontier League. Over his four seasons there, Webster went 22-15 in 51 starts with a combined 3.28 ERA.

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Webster’s rights were acquired by the Somerset Patriots in a trade with the Boomers earlier in the off-season for future considerations.

In 2015, Webster made one start for the Boomers before the Atlanta Braves purchased his contract. The Alexandria, Louisiana native went on to go 8-7 with a 2.82 ERA with High-A Carolina that season. Additionally, Webster yielded just eight total walks in 130.2 innings of work that season and was later named a 2015 Atlanta Braves organizational all-star.

“We are very happy to have Seth join the Somerset Patriots organization,” said manager Brett Jodie. “Seth is a big, tall righty that is a true competitor. He has thrived in the opportunities he has been given, and we look forward to giving him a new challenge.”

Webster’s calling card over his career has been his low walk ratios. The side-armer has never walked more than 24 batters in a full season, and owns a career 1.3 BB/9 (walk-per-nine innings) ratio. Last year in Schaumburg, Webster walked just 20 batters and finished third in the league in strikeouts (108) and innings pitched (126.2).

The Nicholls State University alumnus owns a career 30-23 record with a 3.23 ERA, 356 strikeouts and just 68 walks over 462.1 innings pitched.

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.

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