Patriots ink three outfielders!

The Somerset Patriots announced the signings of outfielders Joe Holden, Jonathan Tucker, and John Drennen on Friday.

Joe Holden was originally drafted by the New York Mets in the 21st round (629th overall) of the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft. He played four seasons in the Mets organization where he compiled a .263 batting average with 18 home runs, 104 RBI, and 61 stolen bases. Since 2010, Holden has been a member of the Patriots. Last season, he hit .272 with 21 doubles, 32 RBI, and 31 stolen bases.

Jonathan Tucker was 20th round selection (589th overall) by the Baltimore Orioles in the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft out of the University of Florida. He played seven seasons in the Orioles organization, advancing to Triple-A twice in 2009 and 2010. Last season, he played for the Harrisburg Senators(AA) in the Washington Nationals organization, where he hit .224 with 2 home runs, 23 RBI, and 12 stolen bases.

John Drennen was a 1st round selection (33rd overall) by the Cleveland Indians in the 2005 MLB Amateur Draft out of Rancho Bernardo High School(CA). He played six seasons in the Indians organization with his best season coming in 2010 with Akron when had a .300 batting average with 6 triples, 7 home runs, and 58 RBI. Last season, he hit .240 with 6 home runs and 38 RBI for Akron.

Somerset is starting to rebuild the core of the organization that was lost with the trade of Josh Pressley, and retirement of Matt Hagen. The signing of Holden, Tucker and Drennen will help in the rebuilding. All three players will make contact and put the ball in play. Holden and Tucker can steal bases while Drennen is a gap hitter who can drive them in.

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