BRIDGEWATER, NJ – The Somerset Patriots have officially signed outfielder Kyle Wenger for the 2019 season, the most recent hopeful who has defied the odds and been signed as the result of an open tryout at TD Bank Ballpark just weeks before the start of the season.
Wenger was invited to spring training, which began April 16, after impressing the team’s coaching staff at the open player tryouts held at TD Bank Ballpark on April 13th.
“The tryout itself was such a good turnout of talent. We had six or seven guys that I legitimately felt had a shot to make our club,” said Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “We decided to invite Kyle in to see what he could do in live situations. He’s been hustling, making some good defensive plays, and he hasn’t seen a pitch he didn’t like so far. I like his attitude. He not trying to press. He’s having fun and just enjoying the game.”
The former Delaware Valley University standout enters his first season with the Somerset Patriots and in the Atlantic League. In his four seasons with the Aggies, Wenger hit .448 and finished his collegiate career as the program’s all-time batting leader. He also set career marks in triples (16), finished third in stolen bases (63), fourth in doubles (37) and runs scored (127), tied for seventh in home runs (13), and eighth in RBI (101).
In 2015, Wenger was named the MAC Freedom Player of the Year for his .432 average (second on the team) and leading the Aggies in runs (36), triples (5), home runs (5), RBIs (29), and stolen bases (22) after starting in all the team’s 36 games.
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