As the 2014 Texas Collegiate League season draws near, the Victoria Generals
continue to add players that will help them on their quest for another league
championship. This week, the Generals have announced the
addition of two players from Lehigh University.
Justin Pacchioli and John Elson will join the
Generals for the 2014 Season.
“We look forward to having Justin and John join our ball
club and expect great things from both of them,” commented Mike Yokum, the GM for the Victoria Generals. “Lehigh has always
exceeded our expectation with the quality players that they have sent to our
team. Brendan McGaheran and Andy
Russell , both from Lehigh, joined the
Generals in the 2009 inaugural season and also returned for a second
season in 2010 and helped the Generals win their first league
Justin Pacchioli, a junior outfielder from
Easton, Pennsylvania, was the
Patriot League batting champ with a .366 batting average in 2013. He is the
preseason pick as the Patriot League Player of the Year for the 2014 season.
Justin is ranked as the third-best Patriot League prospect for the 2014-2015
drafts by Baseball America prior to the season. Pacchioli led the team with a .441
on base percentage and has great speed. Justin
was signed by the Generals in 2013 but was unable to join the team due to
John Elson, a middle
infielder from Basking Ridge, New Jersey, started 46 of 47 games at short stop
for Lehigh and led the
Mountain Hawks in at bats (183) and RBI (29). John was also named to the All-Patriot League Second Team in 2013.
“With Justin and John’s ability to get on base along with
their great speed will be huge for us as top-of-the-order type hitters,”
commented Yokum. “Both guys will be on base for our big hitters
and will be in position to score a lot of runs for us.”