Pats Add Five

(PR) SOMERSET PATRIOTS ADD FIVE BEFORE SPRING TRAINING, INCLUDING OUTFIELDER WAYNE LYDON

Bridgewater, NJ – The Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced the signing of outfielders Wayne Lydon and Joe Holden, and pitchers Josh Muecke, Jason Monti, and Matt Reilly.

Lydon played the 2009 season with the Camden Riversharks and finished with a .273 average, 148 hits, 12 doubles, 13 triples, five homeruns, 54 RBI, and 72 stolen bases in 139 games.

He has three seasons of Triple-A experience with the Toronto Blue Jays organization, including a season in 2008, where he had 129 hits, 42 RBI, 71 runs scored, and 43 stolen bases.

In 2007, Lydon had 125 hits, including 21 doubles, 39 RBI, 80 runs scored, and 26 stolen bases in 126 games at the Triple-A level for the Blue Jays.

In addition to his time with the Blue Jays, Lydon spent seven seasons with the New York Mets organization, reaching as high as the Double-A level.

He has played in 1,186 minor league games and has a career .260 batting average with 1,150 hits, 140 doubles, 66 triples, 36 homeruns, 399 RBI, and 499 stolen bases.

Holden last played in 2008 for the St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League, finishing with a .259 batting average, 30 hits, three doubles, and 11 RBI in 42 games.

Muecke has spent his entire career with the Houston Astros organization, including the past two seasons at the Triple-A level.

He finished the 2009 season with a 4.90 ERA with 85 strikeouts in 136 innings pitched. In 2008, Muecke had 107 strikeouts in 165.2 innings pitched.

Monti played the 2009 season with the Rockford RiverHawks of the Frontier League, finishing with a 4.25 ERA and 81 strikeouts in 101.2 innings pitched.

He spent the 2008 season at the Single-A level for the Blue Jays, going 4-1 with 32 strikeouts in 38.1 innings pitched.

Reilly split the 2009 season with the Sioux Falls Pheasants and the Lincoln Saltdogs of the American Association. During his time with both teams, he had eight strikeouts in 24.2 innings pitched.

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