BRIDGEWATER, NJ- The Somerset Patriots have signed Major League outfielder Danny Dorn for the 2018 season.
“I am extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to join the Patriots,” said Dorn. “In speaking with [manager] Brett [Jodie] and [director of baseball operations] Jon [Hunton], I felt they really cared about the players and about winning. I have had a lot of buddies play here so once the chance opened up, I never thought about playing anywhere else.”
Dorn enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and first in the Atlantic League. The left-handed outfielder made his Major League debut with the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2015. That year, he played in 23 games, recorded five hits and drove in three runs. He slashed a career-high .386 with 10 home runs and 53 RBI with Triple-A Reno earlier in 2015 to earn his promotion to the Show.
The San Dimas, California native has service in the Cincinnati Reds, Detroit Tigers, Diamondbacks and Toronto Blue Jays organizations over his 12-year professional career, the majority of which has been at the Triple-A level. Over seven seasons in Triple-A, Dorn hit .280 with 106 home runs and 399 RBI. That includes career-highs in home runs (25), RBI (82) and stolen bases (8) in 2013 with Triple-A Toledo (Detroit).
“We are extremely proud to have Danny join our squad,” said Jodie. “Danny is going to be great for our clubhouse and a huge contributor on the field. He will play corner outfield and also see some time at first base. Dorn is a power bat that has the ability to leave the yard at any given time and provide run production in the middle of the lineup. He is a true professional who has been very consistent throughout his career. Danny comes highly recommended and we are happy to have him as a part of the Patriots.”
Dorn spent the last two seasons playing for former Patriots third base/hitting coach Shane Spencer with the Nexen Heroes in the Korean Baseball Organization. There, he hit .278 with 17 home runs and 72 RBI over 149 games.
The Cal-State Fullerton alum owns a .285 batting average with 156 home runs, 592 RBI and exactly 1,000 hits over 10 seasons stateside in minor league baseball.
Tickets are now on sale for the 2018 season beginning at home on Friday, April 27th. For more information, please visit www.somersetpatriots.com.