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Somerset Patriots Open Spring Training, Sign Former Rider University Pitcher

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Former Rider University pitcher Mike Thomas will be on the field today at TD Bank Ballpark as the Somerset Patiots open their Spring Training Camp, Credits: Courtesy Somerset Patriots
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BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have signed left-handed pitcher Mike Thomas, who pitched for the Rider University Broncs before he was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Thomas will join his teammates today at TD Bank Ballpark as the Patriots open their spring training camp, which will feature several intra-squad games and two games against the York Revolution through April 20. Opening Day is Thursday, April 21.

The players will be on the field today at 11 a.m. All spring training workouts are open to the public. Admission is free. Check the website www.somersetpatriots.com for a complete schedule.

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Thomas owns a 12-10 career record with a 2.98 ERA, 19 saves and 297 strikeouts over 250.2 innings of work.

“I have heard that the Atlantic League is a cool, competitive league where I know I will be tested,” Thomas said. “I’m just excited about joining the team and helping out any way that I can.”

Thomas begins his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The southpaw spent the first five years of his professional career in the Los Angeles Dodgers organization. Last year, he split time between Double-A Tulsa and Triple-A Oklahoma City. Combined between the two stints, Thomas was 1-1 over 28 relief appearances with 32 strikeouts in 34 innings of work.

The Baltimore, Maryland native has spent the majority of his career as a reliever. His best season came in 2012, where he combined to go 4-2 with a 1.24 ERA and five saves between time with Single-A Great Lakes and High-A Rancho Cucamonga. Additionally, Thomas has registered a strikeout-per-nine-inning ratio of over 10.0 in four of his five seasons.

“We love to have guys on the team like Mike,” manager Brett Jodie said. “Mike is a guy that has done nothing but put up good numbers throughout his career. He has great strikeout numbers and keeps his walks to a minimum. He also can be a tough guy for hitters to square up. Mike will be a solid lefty option for us out of our pen, and is a welcomed addition to our clubhouse.”
 

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