The Somerset Patriots have recently announced that the Miami Marlins have purchased the contract of New Jersey Blasters left-handed pitcher Brandon Leibrandt.
Leibrandt becomes the first player from the SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series to join an MLB organization.
The Patriots started the SOMERSET Professional Baseball Series as a way to bring professional baseball back to the Garden State, featuring a 13-game series between the team and the Blasters. Somerset operates both clubs, which local talent makes up.
“While our main focus of bringing professional baseball back to New Jersey was to honor our commitments to the community, it also serves as an opportunity for some truly talented players to showcase their abilities at a high level,” Patriots President/General Manager Patrick McVerry said in a press release. “We are thrilled for Brandon to be given the well-deserved chance with the Marlins and wish him the very best in his pursuit to make the major leagues.”
Leibrandt proved near unhittable in his three starts for the Blasters, finishing 1-0 with a league-leading 0.75 ERA and 15 strikeouts over 12 innings pitched. The southpaw tossed five shutout frames and permitted just two hits, one walk, and struck out seven in his last start.
The Philadelphia Phillies selected Leibrandt in the 2014 MLB First-Year player draft out of Florida State University. He last played in 2018 with Triple-A Lehigh Valley, where he was 4-1 with a 1.42 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 50.2 innings pitched in six starts.
The son of former Major League left-handed pitcher Charlie Leibrandt has a career minor league record of 29-15 with a 2.88 ERA and 313 whiffs in 400 frames in 86 contests.
— Jerry Del Priore