Pheasants add Nats slugger Pahuta

Posted: 2/5/2013

(photo courtesy Harrisburg Senators)

SIOUX FALLS – Sioux Falls Stadium is known as a friendly place for home run hitters, so Tim Pahuta should have a new pal come May.

On Tuesday, the Sioux Falls Pheasants signed Pahuta, a left-handed power hitter and corner infielder who has spent all of his career thus far with the Washington Nationals organization.

Pahuta, 29, has 83 home runs in seven pro seasons and 322 RBI. The last two campaigns were with Class AA Harrisburg, where he hit .226 with 15 home runs and 49 RBI last year.

“Tim has the potential to really excel in our league, especially in our ballpark,” Pheasants manager Steve Shirley said. “I’m hopeful he can be a big presence in the middle of our lineup. I know he will bring veteran leadership to the clubhouse.”

The Nationals drafted the Somerset, N.J., native in the 18th round of the 2005 draft from Seton Hall University. He has as played nearly half of his 649 career professional games at first base and the bulk of the remainder at third base.

The Sioux Falls Pheasants begin their 21st season on May 16, 2013. Their home opener is May 17 against the Sioux City Explorers. Information about season tickets and advertising with the Sioux Falls Pheasants is available by calling (605) 336-6060 or visiting