Somerset re-signed catcher Adam Donachie on Monday and added Triple-A veteran outfielder Ty Wright on Tuesday, but lost starting pitcher Graham Taylor and reliever Jim Hoey. To be sure, those are two big holes to fill.
Taylor, who reached the major leagues with the Florida Marlins in 2009, went 10-6 with a 3.40 ERA in 27 starts for Somerset last year, and was trusted with the ball with the season on the line last year. With the Patriots down two games to one in the best-of-5 championship series to the Long Island Ducks last season, the 29-year-old lefty held the eventual pennant winners to one run on three hits through eight innings of work.
“I’ve been telling my wife that and my family and friends for a while now, as I’ve tried to make this decision over the past few weeks, that I’m glad that if I have to hang em’ up, that was my last start and that’s the situation it was in,” Taylor told MyCentralJersey.com via cell phone.