Rapacz Hopes To Patrol Diamonds Outfield

Zach Rapacz has seen much in his baseball career. His accomplishments include winning a state championship in high school and being named all-conference first team his senior season at NCAA Division III George Fox University in 2015. Now his goal is to play professional baseball – he hopes in Pittsburg.

Following his college career at George Fox, where he played 80 games in two seasons hitting .323 while collecting 57 RBI, Rapacz has been many places trying to find the right fit.

“I graduated 2015 and since I have been trying to get signed by going to tryouts all over the country,” commented Rapacz. It seems this summer his hard work could pay off.

Rapacz spent time in the Arizona Winter League playing for Normal CornBelters manager Brooks Carey, who signed him in March. As spring training approached the CornBelters outfield became a crowded place and Carey suggested Rapacz tryout in the Pacific Association, where the Pittsburg Diamonds drafted him after the league-wide open tryout.

On May 4 Pittsburg acquired the playing rights from the CornBelters, who will have an eye on his progress.

“He’s another kid I had in Arizona who could easily be here sometime during the summer, ” said Carey.

With just 11 days remaining until opening day time to impress manager Aaron Miles is now.

Pittsburg begin their regular season on Friday, June 2 when they will host defending league champion Sonoma Stompers. Tickets are on sale now.



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