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The 2024 season is finally upon us, and with it the return of the Somerset Patriots Player of the Week.

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  • Week 7: Tommy Kahnle and D.J. LeMahieu

    Somerset Patriots player Tommy KahnleThis week’s player of the Week is a duel threat very familiar to fans of the New York Yankees: They are pitcher Tommy Kahnle and infielder D.J. LeMahieu.

    Both players made rehab assignements with the Somerset Patriots this past week, and both look primed and ready to return to the big leagues.

    Kahanle who is returning from right shoulder inflamation that he suffered in spring training. In two rehab outings with Somerset, he struck out a total of five batters in two hitless innings.

    “I felt good going out there. I felt in the bullpen my command was all over the place, but not on the mound. Overall I felt good,” Kahnle said afterwards.

    Somerset Patriots player D.J. LeMahieu.Meanwhile, LeMahieu who is coming back from a foot injury, looked great on Sunday for Somerset. He reached base four times, with a RBI single, three walks and two runs scored. In two rehab games, LeMahieu had two hits in three at bats.

    He’s feeling good and is heading to Triple-A Scranton Wilkes Barre to complete the next steps in his return to the Bronx.

    Be ready to see both LeMahieu and Kahnle back in the Boogie down in short order.

  • Week 6: Zach Messinger

    This week’s player of the week is a pitcher who is enjoying the month of May so far for the Somerset Patriots: That is none other than Zach Messinger.

    Somerset Patriots player Zach Messinger.In two starts in the month of May, the Chandler, Indiana native has pitched to a 1.69 ERA, allowing only two runs on three hits in 10.2 innings of work. In fact, Messinger took a no hitter into the sixth inning on May fourth against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats.

    This past week against Altoona, Messinger earned his first victory of the year, allowing only two runs over five innings of work. He struck out eight batters that night.

    In fact, the swing and a miss has been working for the former Virginia Cavalier. Messinger has struck out 45 batters in 38.2 innings to lead the team.

    The Yankees drafted Messinger in the 13th round of the 2021 June Amateur draft out of the University of Virginia. In three years in college, Messinger was mostly used as a reliever, spotting a 4.42 ERA and five victories in 100 innings of work.

    Be sure to see Messinger deliver this week as the Patriots play host to the Portland SeaDogs at TD Bank Ballpark.

  • Week 5: Grant Richardson

    This week’s player of the week is a outfielder who has been sizzling at the plate all season thus far for the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees. That man is Grant Richardson.

    Somerset Patriots' Grant Richardson.

    In the last week, Richardson has collected eight hits in 17 at bats, and is hitting .471 for the month of May. In fact on May 2 against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Richardson enjoyed a four hit day that included a two-run double, and a two-run single in Somerset’s wild 10-9 loss.

    Then, on Tuesday in Altoona, Richardson was at it again, collecting a par of doubles in Somerset’s 6-1 victory. Right now he is riding a four game hitting streak.

    A product of Fishers, Indiana, Richardson was drafted by the Yankees in th 17th round of the 2021 Draft out of Indiana University.

    In four years in the Yankees farm system, Richardson is hitting .242 with 39 homers, 38 doubles, and 193 hits in 230 games. After a cup of tea with the Patriots down the streatch of the 2023 season, Richardson is making himself very comfortable in Somerset to start 2024. He is currently hitting .308 on the year with a pair of homers, 14 RBI and 40 total bases. He is also tied for second on the team in doubles (10), and is third in total bases on the squad.

    Watch out for Grant Richardson. He’s an impact player for the Yankees that all must keep an eye on.

  • Week 4: Brock Selvidge

    This week’s Somerset Patriots player of the Week goes to one of the more consistent arms in the starting rotation for the Yankees Double-A affiliate. His name is Brock Selvidge.

    Somerset Patriots' Brock Selvidge.Selvidge was dominant on April 27, blanking the Reading Fight’n Phils over seven innings of two-hit ball. He earned his first victory of the season, as Somerset won, going away 9-0. Moreover, Selvidge recorded a career best 11 strikeouts in the effort. The most strikeouts Selvidge recorded in a game prior to his record setting night was on June 22 of last year, when he struck out 10 in a game for Single-A Tampa.

    Selvidge’s prowess on the hill has caught they eyes of scouts, who rank the 21-year old as 10th among the Yankees Top 30 prospects for 2024.
    The left-hander was drafted by the Yankees in the third round of t he 2021 draft. He possess a fastball that dances between 92 and 97 miles per hour, and is proving to be adept at getting people to swing and people.

    Be preared to hear more of Brock Selvidge in the near future.

  • Week 3: Trystan Vrieling

    This week’s player of the week just so happens to be the Pitcher of the Week in Minor League Baseball.

    Somerset Patriots pitcher Trystan VrielingThat is none other than Somerset Patriots right hander Trystan Vrieling. Vrieling tossed 7.2 hitless innings in a 1-0 Somerset victory over the Hartford Yardgoats last Friday. Vrieling struck out six, walked two, and watched as his season ERA dipped to an astounding 0.48.

    In fact, Vrieling is 2-0 this season in three starts with Double-A Somerset. He has givine up only one earned run in 18.2 innings of work. Teams are hitting only .082 against him. The Lewistown, Indiana native is enjoying his first forway into affiliated ball.

    He pitched three years at Gonzaga, which included stops in the summer league each of the past three years. The Yankees later drafted Vrieling in the third round of the June Amateur Draft.

    It’s clear that Trystin Vrieling has arrived, and is poised to be a name to follow in the Yankees farm system.

  • Week 2: Benjamin Cowles

    This week’s Player of the Week is infielder Benjamin Cowles. The 24-year-old from Rochester, New York is off to a flying start for the Yankees Double-A squad this season. In five games against the New Hampshire Fischer Cats, Cowles hit safely in four of the games, including three-multi-hit games. On Sunday, Cowles legged out a RBI triple, and recorded three RBI on the day in the Patriots 13-9 loss.

    Somerset Patriots Benjamin CowlesOver the five games up north, Cowels hit .467, recorded seven hits, drew five walks and stole a pair of bases. His .619 on base percentage was the highest by any patriot who played at least three games in the series.
    In nine games with Somerset this season, Cowles has been impressive. He is hitting .419 on the year, and has drive in six runs, and scored six times.

    Cowles was drafted by the Yankees out of Maryland in the 10th round of the 2021 Draft. Currently he does not rank in the Top 30 of Yankees prospects, but with the way he is playing right now, someone is going to take notice.

  • Week 1: Agustin Ramirez

    Patriots catcher Agustin Ramirez is our first Player of the Week for the 2024 minor league baseball season.

    The 22-year old Dominican Republic native is on fire for the Double-A affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Somerset Patriots.

    Somerset Patriots' Agustin RamirezIn four games, Ramirez is hitting .278 with three homers and eight RBI, leading the Patriots in both categories. He homered in three consecutive games over the weekend against the Richmond Flying Squirrels, and provided the only RBI’s in the Patriots 8-2 loss to the New Hampshire Fischer Cats on Tuesday, April 9.

    “I had a great opportunity, and I am trying to build on it this year,” Ramirez said through the Somerset Patriots interpreter.

    Ramirez has grown up in the Yankees farm system, having signed with the club back in 2019. Last season he split time between Low A Tampa, High-A Hudson valley, and Double-A Somerset. Ramirez is splitting time behind the plate this season with the multi-talented Ben Rice.

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