Generals add two from Lehigh University
March 28, 2013 at 6:03 p.m.
Updated March 27, 2013 at 10:28 p.m.
A pair of players from Lehigh in Brendan McGaheran and Andrew Russell helped the Generals win the 2010 TCL championship. The team is hoping to find the same success with a new pair from the Pennsylvania university.
The Victoria Generals announced the signing of outfielder Justin Pacchioli and pitcher Colin Gotzon for the upcoming season.
"We experienced a lot of success when Andy and Brendan were with us back in 2009 and 2010," stated Generals GM Blake Koch in a news release Thursday. "We're excited to renew our Lehigh connections this season to get Justin and Colin on board with us."
Pacchioli, a junior outfielder, was ranked as the fifth-best Patriot League prospect for the 2013-2014 drafts by Baseball America entering the season. He leads the team with a .344 batting average, with four doubles, two triples, 11 RBIs, 10 runs and three stolen bases in 17 games.
"Justin is a very gifted athlete that has really good speed," Koch said. "He is a prototypical leadoff hitter and center fielder who we'll rely on to score a lot of runs for us this summer."
Gotzon, a junior, has been the ace of the Lehigh staff this spring. He is 3-2 on the season with a 2.63 ERA and has 28 strikeouts in 27 1/3 innings.
"Colin has pitched really well this spring and is just starting to reach his potential on the mound," Koch said. "We're expecting him to be a big part of our starting rotation this summer."
McGaheran and Russell played for the Generals in 2009 and 2010. McGaheran, a shortstop, batted .298 in 2010 for Victoria, while Russell, an outfielder, combined for 43 RBIs in his two years with the team.