All-Star outfielder Justin Pacchioli re-signs with independent Somerset Patriots of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball, the team announced today.
“I’m honored to get another opportunity to come back and do whatever I can to try and bring back a championship to Somerset,” Pacchioli said on SomersetPatriots.com. “Getting to put that jersey on and compete is something I love doing. I wouldn’t want to do it anywhere else than with the Patriots family.”
The speedy Pacchioli, 27, hit .280 in Somerset in 2018 with 25 RBI and 50 runs scored. In addition, he led the team in stolen bases (34) and ranked sixth in the league despite playing in only 87 games due to injury in the final month of the season.
“We are extremely excited to be joined again by Pacchioli,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “Justin has been a consistent player for us the past three years. He can track just about anything down in the outfield and truly has a good arm to throw out runners trying to take an extra base. ‘Patch’ also gives you an outstanding at-bat every time he steps in the box. He is devastating to the opponent when he gets on base because of his speed. Pacchioli will be a huge part of this team and we are happy to welcome him back.”
The Allentown, Pennsylvania-born Lehigh Valley University alumnus has also displayed an impressive glove in his time in the Atlantic League. He has committed just five errors across 536 chances (.991 fielding percentage) in his three seasons with the Patriots. That includes just one error over 202 chances (.995) in 2017 and one error over 178 chances (.994) in 2018.
Pacchiolli earned an All-Star Game nod in 2017, by lacing .345 in the first half of the season with a stellar .453 on-base percentage.
The Padres selected Pacchiolli in the 10th-round of the 2015 MLB Amateur draft and he played in 58 games with short-season Tri-City that year, posting a .245 average with 14 RBI and 19 stolen bases. His 19 base thefts led the team and ranked seventh in the Northwest League that year.
— Jerry Del Priore