Four Arms

The Somerset Patriots have added their first four newcomers of the off-season, all of them pitchers.

Carlos Hines, Justin Jones, Ryan Lobban and Jesse Darcy have all agreed to terms with the club and are expected to be with the club when Spring Training opens at the Jack Cust Baseball Academy on April 13th.

Hines, a 29-year-old righty reliever, didn’t pitch at all last season.  He last appeared in 2008 with Round Rock, the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros, where he posted a 2-1 mark  in 21 games.

A 25 year-old southpaw starter, Justin Jones will be making his first foray into independent baseball after splitting his first eight seasons between the Cubs, Twins and Nationals organization.  He has a 41-46 career minor league record in 157 games, 132 of them starts, and has topped out at Double-A.

Lobban is a Ramsey, New Jersey native who attended William Patterson University.  Undrafted, the 25-year-old lefty starter has never pitched in affiliated ball, instead spending the first three seasons of his pro career with Sussex and Worcester of the Can-Am League.  He put together a nice 2009 campaign for the Tornadoes, posting a 10-7 record and 3.56 ERA in a career high 121.1 innings of work. 

Darcy is a big righty (6′ 4″, 205 lbs.) who has three years of his experience in the Rays system.  Primarily a starter, the 24-year-old spent 2009 in High-A with Charlotte, going 3-9 with a 5.24 ERA in 22 appearances.  That sub-par season came on the heels of his best as a pro, where he was 8-3 with a 3.05 ERA in Low-A in 2008, complete with a 98:15 K/BB ratio.

Mike Ashmore, mashmore98 AT


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