Yakima Valley Pippins

The Yakima Valley Pippins have added Austin Woodward and Max George,

Yakima Valley Pippins

both of whom will play for Oregon State next year, to the inaugural roster. With the additions, the roster now sits at 20 players, with more signings to come. Oregon State (25-6,9-3 PAC 12) is currently sitting in second place of the PAC-12 behind Washington (22-6-1,10-2 PAC 12) midway through the regular season.

"The Oregon State baseball program speaks for itself,” Pippins Head Coach Marcus McKimmy said. “I'm very excited to welcome two players to Yakima from a top-ten baseball program in the country.”

Woodward will join the Beavers’ roster as a pitcher next season after transferring from Linn-Benton Community College. He was a second team all-NWAACC pitcher last season at Linn-Benton and is a former 1A/2A state player of the year at Union High School (Union, OR). He is currently red-shirting for the Beavers this spring.

"Austin is a guy I've had to pleasure to see pitch and coach at the junior college level already,” McKimmy said. “Put simply, he is a Winner.  He, like Max, can fill many different roles for the Pippins because he is so versatile.  I have complete confidence using him as a nightly starter or out of the bullpen. Additionally, he will be counted on to bring leadership to our pitching staff and in the locker room."

George, a native of Parker, CO, will head to Corvallis next season after finishing up his senior year at Regis Jesuit High School. George is an infielder who was named to Perfect Game’s 3rd team All-American list this year.

"Max is going to open eyes immediately as a Pippin,” McKimmy said.  “He has above-average speed which will put pressure on every defense we play. Pair that with his ability to play multiple positions and be a middle of the order hitter, he gives our lineup a ton of versatility during a very full summer schedule.  His tools on offense have a chance to be very special as he develops as a graduating senior.”

The Yakima Valley Pippins will begin their quest for a WCL Championship at Yakima County Stadium on June 6th, 2014 at 7:05 P.M. against East Division rival Wenatchee. Tickets are now on sale for the 2014 season, including full-season and partial-season packages, as well as select team merchandise. Those interested in being part of something great from the start are asked to contact Noel Zanchelli at 206.271.7820 or by email at noel@pippinsbaseball.com.

You can reach the Pippins offices at 509-575-HITS (4487). The team store, stadium improvements and other fan-friendly amenity projects will begin in early spring 2014.