PORTLAND - Alec Leighton was a key contributor on the Pickles in 2017 and the utility player is set to return in 2018.
Alec led the Pickles in at-bats (196) while appearing in 51 of the 62 regular season games last summer. The speedster from Sparks, Nevada also led the team in stolen bases (18). Alec spent most of his time in the outfield last season but will see time in the infield in 2018.
During the team’s playoff series against the Medford Rogues, Alec slashed an impressive .429/.429/.786 over three games.
"Alec understands the dynamics of being a Portland Pickle,” said Pickles Assistant Coach Mark Magdaleno. ”He is a hard-nosed competitor who can play all three outfield positions. He is a run producer, can steal bases, and has the ability to play small ball when the situation calls for it. He likes to grind."
Alec is currently a sophomore at Cal State Monterey Bay after transferring from Montana State Billings.
Max Jones will also return for the 2018 West Coast League Season. A native of Whittier, California, Max ranked second in games started (10) and innings pitched for the Pickles last season (60.2) while maintaining a 3.26 ERA. Max appeared in 18 games for the Pickles in 2016 before becoming a starter for the team in 2017.
"Jonesy knows how to pitch and has the ability to change speeds on his fastball,” Coach Magdaleno said. “He can throw both his change-up and breaking ball for strikes in any count. He pitches to contact and works with good tempo which makes it easier for our defense to stay in rhythm."
Like Alec, Max also signed with Monterey Bay this past year after spending the two previous springs seasons at Hamilton College in New York. The Left-Handed Pitcher will rejoin Portland for his third consecutive summer.
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