The Somerset Patriots have added another effective arm to its already solid pitching staff, as yesterday they’ve announced the re-signing of left-handed reliever Jeff Kinley for the 2020 season.
“I’m very excited to be back with the Patriots,” Kinley said on SomersetPatriots.com. “I had a great time in Somerset last year and am looking forward to getting started for the 2020 season.”
Kinley enters his second season with the Patriots and second year in the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB). The southpaw reliever joined Somerset in early August of last season and made 16 relief appearances.
Kinley, 28, allowed just four earned runs over his 16 innings of work in a Patriot uniform (2.25 ERA) with 17 strikeouts. Additionally, he enjoyed a strong month of August in which he permitted only one earned run over 10 innings and struck out two or more batters in five of his 10 appearances.
The six-one, 195-pounder began the 2019 campaign in the Miami Marlins organization with the Double-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp of the Southern League (SL), where he posted a 2.93 ERA with two saves over 25 relief appearances. Kinley also struck out 42 batters over 30.2 innings of work, good for a 12.3 SO/9 ratio.
Plus, the Michigan State University baseball product made eight relief appearances for the Triple-A New Orleans Baby Cakes of the International League (IL), where he whiffed 11 batters.
“It is truly a pleasure to be joined again by left-handed relief pitcher Jeff Kinley,” Somerset manager Brett Jodie said. “Jeff joined our team during the second half last season and was a nice addition to our club. He has an electric arm and can be dominant at times. We are looking for Jeff to be even more consistent this season and hopefully get back to a major league organization. Kinley is a great guy in our clubhouse and really cares about the team. We expect big things from Jeff this year and I know he feels the same.”
The Miami Marlins originally selected Kinley in 28th-round of the 2015 MLB Amateur June Draft. He spent the first five seasons of his professional career in the Marlins organization. He was twice named a Mid-Season All-Star (High-A Jupiter in 2017 and Double-A Jacksonville in 2018). He has also enjoyed service time at the Triple-A level in parts of two seasons (2018 and 2019).
Kinley owns a 13-8 mark with a 3.59 ERA, 12 saves and 251 strikeouts over 266.0 innings of work in his six seasons of professional baseball.
— Jerry Del Priore