Two More Returners Added to 10th Year Roster
YAKIMA, Washington — Outfielder Jackson Reed and pitcher Max Goldberg will return to play for the Pippins again this summer.
Reed, who played for the Pippins in 2022, is in his junior year at Seattle University. The Boise, Idaho, native played in 28 games last season with Seattle before being sidelined with a season-ending injury. In 2022 with the Pippins, he led Yakima Valley in batting average for players with at least 100 plate appearances.
Reed recounted how important it was for him to gain the experience of spending a summer in the West Coast League early in his college career.
“I was at Yakima my freshman season, and being able to play 56 games in 60 days, and the exposure of the level itself really helped me just settle in,” he said. “I think I’ve always been a physical enough player to compete at this level. It’s just really been kind of honing down on my at-bats and my approaches, and really just learning how to play the game within the game a little bit more.”
Reed’s power at the plate at such a young age really stood out in 2022 for Yakima Valley. At just 19 years old, he finished as the only Pippin with more than one triple and tied for second on the team with three home runs. He mentioned how bringing power to the Pippins lineup is his primary goal this summer in his return to The Orchard.
“I’d say the one thing I’m looking to do even more this year is I really want to be a power producer. I’ve always had a decent amount of speed, and I’ve always been able to get on with average as well. But I would really like to see the power portions of my offense come to life this summer,” said the 6-foot-1 outfielder.
After not being part of the team last summer, Reed is looking forward to returning to a team that brought him so many fond memories earlier on in his baseball career.
“I really enjoyed it. I loved the atmosphere. I really enjoyed the stadium, but more than anything, it’s a lot of fun getting to go somewhere like that with a bunch of like-minded people who are also in the same boat. Coming together in Yakima is such a great time. The fans are amazing, and the support is always top tier over there,” he said.
Goldberg will spend his college spring season at Tacoma Community College. In five games for the Pippins last year, he finished with 13 strikeouts in 20 innings pitched. The Issaquah, Washington, native is looking to bring something new to this season.
“Throwing harder is always a big one. I’m looking to go out there and compete, and throw my off-speed for strikes for the season,” said the pitcher who started four of his five appearances last summer with Yakima Valley.
Team chemistry is another reason Goldberg is returning this summer. He is excited about getting back into the day-to-day fun with his Pippins teammates.
“I think the team last year was a lot of fun and really competed. Bringing back that culture and feel when going out there and competing while having a good time doing it is something, in the locker room, I’d like to bring back,” said the redshirt freshman.
The Pippins open their 10th West Coast League season on May 31 at The Orchard, hosting the Springfield Drifters in the first game of a three-game series. Single-game tickets for all 32 home games will go on sale in April.