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The Napa Silverados, an expansion franchise that will play in the Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs starting in May, announced this week that it has signed its first player – Scott Harkin, a Pleasant Hill native.

Harkin is a right-handed pitcher who signed a free agent contract with the Milwaukee Brewers in 2013.

Harkin spent the 2013 season in the Arizona League with the Brewers, compiling a 2-0 record and 1.08 earned run average in 13 appearances.

He was with the Gateway Grizzles and Southern Illinois Minors of the independent Frontier League in 2015. He was 2-3 with a 3.73 ERA in 22 games for Gateway and was 1-2 with a 4.20 ERA in 12 games for Southern Illinois.

Last year, Harkin pitched in Japan.

“Scott was a player that caught our eye pretty quickly at the California Winter League,” Silverados manager Tito Fuentes Jr., said in a press release. “He had great command and painted the zone. He is a player we are very excited to welcome to our spring training roster.”

“Scott is a guy we expect to see promoted pretty quickly. He is a true competitor and a seasoned veteran, and we are looking forward to getting him back into affiliated ball.”

Harkin played two years at Diablo Valley College – which at the time was led by coach Mike Neu, a Vintage High School graduate – and then transferred to Loyola Marymount. He played his final college season at Sonoma State in 2013.

“I am excited to be a part of the Napa Silverados in their inaugural season,” Harkin said in a press release. “It’s going to be really exciting being back in Northern California and close to my family. I am really looking forward to playing for Napa and being a part of this organization.”

The Pacific Association of Professional Baseball Clubs is an independent league, based in Northern California, and was founded in 2013. The league is not affiliated with major league teams.

The Vallejo Admirals, Sonoma Stompers, San Rafael Pacifics, Pittsburg Diamonds and Martinez Clippers are also in the league.

The Silverados will open the 2018 regular season at Napa Valley College’s Storm Field on May 31 against the San Rafael Pacifics.

The Napa Valley College Board of Trustees last week approved a five-year facilities use agreement that will allow the Silverados to play its home games at Storm Field.

Each team plays an 80-game regular-season schedule, with the season running from late May through Aug. 31. Forty of those games are home games.

The league tryout camp and draft will be held on April 21 at Albert Park in San Rafael.

More information about the Napa Silverados, including its schedule and host family program, is available at www.silveradosbaseball.com or by contacting Megan Castellucci, the team’s assistant general manager, at 707-254-7533.

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Executive Sports Editor Marty James has been with the Napa Valley Register since 1979. He is a member of the Associated Press Sports Editors, California Prep Sportswriters Association, and the California Golf Writers Association. He was inducted into the