December 18, 2008 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Somerset Patriots
Bridgewater, NJ - The Four-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have announced that right-handed closer Brian Reith has been signed by the Milwaukee Brewers organization.
Reith finished the 2008 season with a 5-4 record, a 3.94 ERA, 16 saves, and 85 strikeouts in 80 innings in 41 games pitched. He began the season as a starter, where he was 3-0, but flourished in his role as the team\'s closer in the second half of the season.
Reith was even more impressive in the post season, helping to lead the Patriots to their league leading fourth championship. He was 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA, three saves, and six strikeouts in four innings pitched in four games in the playoffs.
Reith had a 2.70 ERA and 30 strikeouts in 40 innings in eight games for Somerset in 2007 before leaving to play in Taiwan.
Reith has Major League experience with the Cincinnati Reds in parts of the 2001, 2003, and 2004 seasons. He pitched in 127.2 innings and recorded 85 strikeouts in 73 Major League games for the Reds.
In addition to his Major League time, Reith has five seasons of Triple-A experience with the Reds, Philadelphia Phillies, and Pittsburgh Pirates organizations. Reith has a minor league career record of 61-59 with a 3.63 ERA, and 838 strikeouts in 1,008 innings pitched in 257 games.
The Four-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots have placed Season Tickets, Group Tickets, and Marketing Partnerships on sale for the upcoming 2009 Season. For more information, call (908) 252-0700 or visit www.somersetpatriots.com.