“I couldn’t have done it without my family, wife, teammates, coaches, and last but not least the fans,” said Pacchioli. “The support is absolutely incredible and I wouldn’t be where I am today without it. I am thankful that the Patriots family has allowed me to do what I love.”
2020 will represent Pacchioli’s fourth season with the Somerset Patriots and fourth in the Atlantic League. The speedy outfielder hit .282 with one home run, 19 RBI and a career-high 38 stolen bases over 79 games with the team last year. He hit .308 in August with a .393 on-base percentage and was 15-for-15 in stolen base attempts. He finished his campaign on a 20-game on-base streak stretching across the entire month.
The Easton, Pennsylvania native led the team and finished tied for fourth in the league in stolen bases despite missing the last month of the season. Pacchioli led the league in stolen base percentage (.927) and ranked second in the league in steals at the time of his last game (August 22nd).
Pacchioli has been known for his speed throughout his Somerset tenure. The Lehigh University alumnus has led the team in stolen bases in each of his three seasons in Somerset: each time also ranking in the top six in the league. Additionally, he enters 2020 fourth all-time in Patriots history in steals (107), trailing only Scott Kelly (114), Michael Warner (116) and Billy Hall (209).
The 27-year old hit .280 in Somerset in 2018 with 25 RBI and 50 runs scored. Additionally, he led the team in stolen bases (34) and ranked sixth in the league despite playing in only 87 games. Four of the five players ahead of him in the league played at least 30 more games during the regular season.
Pacchioli hit .281 with 30 RBI, 61 runs and 35 stolen bases (fourth in the league) over 97 games in his first year in Somerset (2017) before he finished the season in the Boston Red Sox organization with High-A Salem. He earned an All-Star Game selection that year by hitting .345 in the first half of the season with a .453 on-base percentage. At the time, “Patch” was only eight plate appearances shy of qualifying for the league leaders. Had he been qualified at the time, both stats would have led the Atlantic League.
The versatile outfielder has also showed off 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 in Somerset. That includes just one error over 202 chances (.995) in 2017 and one error over 178 chances (.994) in 2018.
“Patch” has hit .281 over 263 games in his three seasons in a Somerset uniform with nine triples, 74 RBI, 107 steals, 164 runs and a .372 on-base percentage. The triples and stolen bases lead the Patriots over this stretch, while the runs rank second.
“Justin Pacchioli is a player that has so many quality baseball skills. He has great balance at the plate, which makes him an extremely tough out,” said Somerset Patriots manager Brett Jodie. “He has some of the best speed I have ever seen, which puts tremendous pressure on the opposition. He has the rare and extremely valuable ability to put the ball in play and get on base and then create havoc when he is on the bases. That is a much-needed ingredient to any quality team. ‘Patch’ also is a great defender that can track it down at any outfield spot and he also possesses a strong and accurate throwing arm. He is a team first guy that wants to do everything he can to help the team win. Justin is a great clubhouse guy and we look forward to having him around hopefully for years to come.”
Pacchioli took off the 2016 season prior to joining Somerset for personal reasons after he spent his first season in professional baseball in the San Diego Padres organization. A 10th-round draft pick by the Padres in 2015, Pacchioli played in 58 games with short-season Tri-City that year and posted a .245 average with 14 RBI and 19 stolen bases. His 19 steals led the team and ranked seventh in the Northwest League that year.
Voting took place online and over 5,000 fans casted their ballots for their favorite players at each position from January 3rd through April 15th. The Somerset Patriots All-Decade Team will be announced over the next few weeks.