By Jerry Del Priore
After seven seasons with the New York Mets organization, the Somerset Patriots of the independent Atlantic League signed lefty hurler Chase Huchingson for the 2018 campaign, the team announced today.
The Patriots acquired Huchingson in a trade with the York Revolution in exchange for the rights to right-handed pitcher Mitch Atkins.
Huchingson said he is delighted to play in Somerset, with a first-class franchise such as the Patriots, and believes he’ll be right at home with the team.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Patriots family,” Huchingson said on SomersetPatriots.com. “The Patriots do it the right way. When the opportunity came up that I would be in Somerset, I knew it would be a good fit.”
Huchingson enjoyed a spectacular year with the Revolution in 2017, recording a 4-3 mark with a 1.35 ERA and five saves over 57 relief appearances. In fact, the Fayetteville, Arkansas, native was so effective that he only surrendered eight earned runs over his 53 innings of work, including a 14-game period to begin the season over which he did not give up an earned run.
Patriots manager Brett Jodie is looking forward to employing the services of Huchingson and looks forward to giving him the ball in tight spots during the season, a situation, he said, that the big guy is ready to face head-on.
“It’s my pleasure to announce the Huchingson signing,” Jodie said. “Chase had a phenomenal season in our league last year and is highly motivated to improve upon that success this year. He is very effective against both righties and lefties and we will use him in a way that can highlight his abilities. We expect Chase to have the opportunity to get many tough outs for us this year and he is ready for the challenge.”
As an amateur, two major league organizations drafted Huchingson: The Texas Rangers in the 34th round of the 2007 Draft but he did not sign, and the Texas Rangers in the 23rd round of the 2008 Draft and he did the same thing.
The six-foot-five, 215-pounder would up inking a contract, as a non-drafted free agent, with the Mets on July 6th, 2010. He posted a 25-16 record with a 3.31 ERA in 4.05.1 frames in 209 tilts during his time with New York’s system.