Patriots Trade for Lefty Reliever from Independent League

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The Patriots have acquired lefty reliever Rich Mascheri. Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have acquired left-handed relief pitcher Rich Mascheri in a trade with the Southern Illinois Miners for future considerations.

Mascheri enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. The 5’10” southpaw yielded just three earned runs over 13 relief appearances in the Frontier League this year with the Miners, good for a 1.88 ERA.

Additionally, Mascheri struck out 17 batters against just three walks in his 14.1 innings of work.

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The Wauconda, Illinois native began his professional career with the Normal CornBelters in 2012, where he recorded 10 saves with a 2.29 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 35.1 innings pitched.

He later signed with the New York Yankees organization that season and recorded a win and a save spread across six appearances with both the GCL Yankees and High-A Tampa.

Mascheri continued his success with the Yankees into 2013. That year, he combined to post a 3-1 record with a 1.16 ERA and one save over 12 appearances between GCL Yankees 2 and High-A Tampa.

The Western Illinois University alumnus owns a 4-2 record with a 2.44 ERA over his four-year professional career, including 12 saves and an 11.0 strikeout/nine innings ratio (112 strikeouts over 85 innings pitched).

The 2016 Somerset Patriots season winding down with the Patriots battling for a playoff spot. For more information about the potential playoff games, stop by TD Bank Ballpark, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.

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