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Veterans Beatty & Taylor Re-Sign with Pacifics

March 6, 2018 - Pacific Association (PA) - San Rafael Pacifics News Release

San Rafael, CA - The Pacifics have committed to an off-season rebuilding campaign founded on retaining a core of proven veterans. Today, San Rafael announced the return of two key pieces from the 2017 club, as starting pitcher Max Beatty and first baseman Jake Taylor have agreed to terms for the 2018 season.

The Pacifics also announced that several other members of the 2017 club have agreed to return to the team in 2018. Those players include catcher Mark Lindsay, infielders Aaron Brill & Kyle Ulanday, starting pitcher Jared Koenig, and reliever Jake Pintar. Reliever Brandon Warner, who was a member of the 2016 club, has also agreed to terms for 2018.

"It was a high priority for us this off-season to rebuild this team around a solid foundation of veterans," said Pacifics President and General Manager Mike Shapiro. "We wanted to begin with assuring that we had back our ace, Max Beatty, and middle-of-the-lineup slugger, Jake Taylor to anchor the development of a new and exciting club that will contend for the title."

Beatty, the 2015 Pacific Association Pitcher of the Year, came back to the Pacifics in July after his release by the Chicago White Sox. In 11 starts with the Pacifics last season, Beatty posted a 5-3 record in 76.1 innings with a 3.53 ERA. The Vancouver, WA native went at least eight innings in five starts, and threw two complete games in 2017.

On July 30th, Beatty recorded one of the best starts of his career, firing a complete game shutout while allowing just four hits in a 1-0 victory at Sonoma.

A native of Ellicott City, MD, Taylor returns to the Pacifics for his fourth season after joining the club midway through the 2015 campaign. In 2017, Taylor hit .305 with 20 home runs and 65 RBI, leading the league in both categories. During his Pacifics career, Taylor has 48 home runs, which puts him second in league history behind Sonoma's Joel Carranza.

"Bringing back two of the league's top players makes us competitive right away," said Pacifics manager Matt Kavanaugh. "When you have a top line starter and a premiere power hitter, it helps set the tone for the rest of the team."

The Pacifics open their 2018 season on May 31st. For season tickets, flex tickets, and Pacifics merchandise, visit www.pacificsbaseball.com.


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