Two-time Atlantic League All-Star righty pitcher David Kubiak has re-upped with the Somerset Patriots for the 2020 season, the team announced today.
“I’m excited to be coming back and to get going with everyone,” Kubiak said on SomersetPatriots.com. “The Patriots have become more than an organization to me. They’ve become family. I can’t thank them enough for allowing me to come back for another year.”
Kubiak proved to be nearly indomitable last year, posting a 7-1 record with a 1.76 ERA (16 earned runs over 82.0 innings pitched) with 82 strikeouts over 12 starts.
The six-foot-seven-inch Riverhead, New York, product’s stellar performance prompted the Union Laguna (Mexico) to purchase his contract in early July and he put up a 2-1 mark.
Kubiak’s best stretch last season came when he recorded 33.2 straight innings of scoreless pitching from May 10th to June 4th.
Overall, Kubiak has just one start in which he permitted more than two earned runs out of 12 last season, which happened to be his final one with the club on July 4th on the New Britain Bees’ home turf.
Patriots’ skipper Brett Jodie is over-the-moon joyful with the reacquisition of his star hurler.
”We are very happy to be joined again by Kubiak,” Jodie said. “David came out last year as a man on a mission and was extremely dominant in his time with us. He has been a huge part of our organization for a long time and he is constantly pushing himself and adapting his game to stay ahead of his competitors.
“David is a horse on the mound who takes pride in taking the ball on his start day and finding a way to get a win for his team,” he continued. “I am looking forward to working with Kubiak again and cannot wait to get started in 2020.”
Kubiak posted a 1.42 ERA over three appearances in the New York Yankees organization at the Double-A level in 2016 sandwiched around 20 contests (15 starts) with the Bridgeport Bluefish – his first stint in the Atlantic League.
In Bridgeport, the ex-Albany Great Dane recorded a 7-4 mark with a 3.75 ERA and 106 punchouts over 100.2 innings of work.
The former Tampa Bay Rays’ 36th-round draft pick previously spent three campaigns in the Frontier League, including a 2014 season in which he went 7-2 with a 1.50 ERA and seven saves over 48 innings in 38 combined appearances between Southern Illinois and Joliet.
Kubiak is 56-42 with a 3.42 ERA, 13 saves and 806 whiffs across 799.2 innings pitched in all of the stops he’s made over his eight-year professional baseball career.
— Jerry Del Priore