A local product, Justin Pacchioli has re-signed with the Somerset Patriots for what will be his 4th season with the club. Last year, “Patch” made the Atlantic League’s All-star game and continued to improve as the season went on. In late-August, Pacchioli was on a 20-game on-base streak and slashing .320/.400/.413 for the month. Unfortunately, that is where the season would end for the right-handed outfielder out of Lehigh University. Pacchioli would lose the rest of the 2019 campaign (including the playoffs) to injury.
As seen in the chart above, Justin has been a very consistent hitter during his time in the ALPB. Based on that consistency, he can be projected to slash a .280/.300/.340 line with a home run or two (if the wind is right). The real measure of Pacchioli’s contribution will come from how often he is producing these numbers. Between ’17 and ’19, Pacchioli has appeared in 97, 87, and 79 games respectively. In fairness, that 79 game total might have approached 100 without that late-season injury. However, if he can play 80+ games, continue to contribute above-average defense, and produce offensively as we know he can, Patch looks like a strong re-signing as Somerset begins constructing their 2020 outfield.
Somerset has also release outfielder Mike Fransoso who posted a .195/.263/.562 slash with the Patriots in 51 games this past season.