Washington, PA-The Washington Wild Things, presented by Washington Financial, announced that All-Star second baseman CJ Beatty resigned with the team for the 2014 season.
The 25-year-old Winston-Salem, North Carolina native is coming off his best season at the professional level. In 2013, Beatty set personal career highs in home runs (18), which also led the Wild Things, doubles (26), runs scored (65), games played (96) and his 66 RBIs were the second highest of his career.
Beatty batted .305 for the Wild Things and started at second base in the 2013 All-Star Game at CONSOL Energy Park in Washington.
“CJ Beatty had a career year for the Wild Things in 2013. A true testament to the year he had was that he was runner up for the league MVP voting,” field manager Bart Zeller said. “He was a consistent offensive leader and a great leader for his teammates. We are excited to have him return in Washington.”
Additionally, the switch-hitter appeared in all 96 games for Washington and was easily the fan favorite amongst those entering the gates on a nightly basis.
At the end of the league’s regular season in September, Beatty was selected to the 2013 postseason All-Star squad, voted by Baseball America and Independent League managers.
A WILD NOTE: The Wild Things have also resigned pitcher Pat Butler, infielder Ryan Kresky and outfielder Scott Kalamar for the 2014 season.
The Wild Things will play their 2014 home opener against the Frontier Greys on May 20th at CONSOL Energy Park at 7:05 p.m. The team is accepting deposits for season ticket packages and group outings. Contact the ticketing department by calling 724-250-7412 or e-mailing firstname.lastname@example.org.