By Jerry Del Priore
After tossing 2.1 innings of scoreless baseball with two strikeouts in two games for the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League, the Los Angeles Dodgers bought the contract of Jeremy Bleich from the team on Saturday.
Bleich—a former Staten Yankee and first-round (44th overall) selection of New York in the 2008 MLB amateur draft—spent time with the Arizona Diamondbacks in spring training before signing with the Patriots in April.
In addition, Stanford University alumnus pitched in three contest for Team Israeli during the 2017 World Baseball Classic in March, recording two whiffs in 2.1 innings of work.
Bleich, 29, joined Somerset last July and appeared in 17 tilts out of the bullpen, firing a 25 Ks versus three walks with a 2.45 ERA in 28 games.
The left-hander spent his first six professional seasons with the Yankees organization and reached Triple-A Scranton/Wilkes-Barre in 2014.
Over 201 career minor league tilts (76 starts) during his eight-year professional career, the New Orleans, La., native has posted a 3.83 ERA with 447 strikeouts in 556.1 innings.
Bleich is the first Patriot to have his contract purchased by a major league organization this season and will report to Oklahoma City, the Triple-A affiliate for the Dodgers organization.