atlanticleague.com


Peeples Names Coaching Staff for Lancaster

Barnstormers coaches come from franchise history


(Lancaster, Pa., Feb. 7, 2017) - The Lancaster Barnstormers have named long-time relief pitcher Scott Patterson and 2016 Atlantic League RBI leader Josh Bell as the coaching staff under new manager Ross Peeples for the 2017 season.

Patterson, like Peeples, was a part of the team that joined the franchise at its very outset in 2005. In fact, it was the Pittsburgh-area native who threw the first pitch in the stadium opener on May 11, 2005 as he made the start against Atlantic City.

By the end of that campaign, the 6’7” right-hander had reinvented himself as a closer and also threw the final pitch of 2005, nailing down a save against the Newark Bears.

He returned to Lancaster in 2006, only to have his contract purchased by the New York Yankees in early June. Patterson, who had not pitched in a Major League organization before his arrival in Lancaster, would eventually become the first ex-Barnstormer to play in the Majors when he debuted for the Yankees on June 1, 2008. Patterson also pitched for San Diego later that season.

The right-hander returned to Lancaster in 2010, his contract being purchased by Seattle later that season. He also came back to the Red Rose City late in the 2014 championship season and remained with the Barnstormers through 2015.

Patterson, now 36, wrapped up his playing career with the New Britain Bees last season.

Overall, he has appeared in 148 Atlantic League games, posting a 7-8 record and 36 saves.

“We know Scott well; he’s been a big part of Barnstormers history,” said Peeples. “ He’s a veteran guy who has played in several places. He can be an asset in getting players and he really enjoys the teaching part.”

Bell, 30, won the Atlantic League RBI crown with 87 in 2016 to accompany a .296 batting average and 19 home runs. The switch hitting corner infielder played in the 2016 Atlantic League All-Star Game at Clipper Magazine Stadium.

The Rockford, IL native was signed by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2005 and made his big league debut with the Baltimore Orioles in 2010. Bell spent a portion of three seasons at the Major League level, two with the Orioles and one with the Arizona Diamonbacks, appearing in 100 total games.

On August 21, 2010, he homered off Cliff Lee in consecutive innings, driving in five total runs in a game between the Orioles and Texas.

“Josh is a guy with a great baseball mind,” said Peeples. “I think he will be a great asset to the team. He’s very mature. He studies and approaches the game really well. You can’t get a classier guy.”

“Both will bring something positive to the table,” Peeples continued.

About the Lancaster Barnstormers

The Lancaster Barnstormers are entering their 13th season as a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball. Home games are played at Clipper Magazine Stadium in downtown Lancaster, Pennsylvania. Please call 717.509.HITS (4487) or visit www.lancasterbarnstormers.com for more information.

About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)

The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 36 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com.

 

###



Search Archive »




Browse by Year »

2019
2018
2017
2016
2015

Browse by Month »

August 2019
July 2019
June 2019
May 2019
April 2019
March 2019
February 2019
January 2019
December 2018
November 2018
October 2018
September 2018
August 2018
July 2018
June 2018
May 2018
April 2018
March 2018
February 2018
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
December 2015
November 2015
October 2015
September 2015
August 2015
July 2015
June 2015
May 2015
April 2015
March 2015
February 2015
January 2015