Atlantic League MVP named Skeeters first player
Somerset Patriots trade Josh Pressley to Skeeters
The Sugar Land Skeeters have announced that they have signed former Atlantic League MVP Josh Pressley as the organization’s first player. Pressley comes to the Skeeters from the Five-Time Atlantic League Champion Somerset Patriots (N.J.).
“We’re excited to have a player of Pressley’s caliber”, said Gary Gaetti, Manager of the Sugar Land Skeeters. “Josh with his experience and leadership is the kind of guy that we are looking to build our organization around. He brings a strong bat to the middle of our lineup, which we’re glad to have, and I think the fans are really going to like him.”
Pressley, a designated hitter and first baseman, comes to the Skeeters with career stats in the Atlantic League of .308 batting average, 310 runs scored, 594 hits, 121 doubles, 96 home runs and 378 RBIs in 545 games played from 2007 through 2011. He is a five-time Atlantic League All-Star.
Pressley, who has family in the nearby Houston community The Woodlands, wanted the opportunity to play the 2012 season with family in the crowd.
“Playing in Sugar Land will provide me a chance to spend time with family while also enabling them to be a part of my journey as a professional player,” said Pressley. “To be part of organization like the Skeeters is something that I am excited about. I expect the organization and Gary (Gaetti) to bring a championship-caliber team to Sugar Land, and I intend to do everything in my power to help them accomplish that goal.”
Named the Atlantic League MVP in 2008 Pressley finished the season as the batting champion with a .354 batting average. He led the league in home runs with 30. Pressley also led the Atlantic League in hits with 173, on base percentage with .440, and slugging percentage with .605. He was among the league leaders in RBIs with 101 and extra base hits with 63.
Pressley has experience in the Tampa Bay Rays, New York Mets, Kansas City Royals, Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals and Florida Marlins organizations.
The Sugar Land Skeeters offices are presently located at 16160 City Walk in Sugar Land Town Square, Sugar Land, where additional information, tickets and Inaugural Season merchandise are available. The Skeeters may be reached at www.SugarLandSkeeters.com or by calling 281-240-HITS (4487), and on Facebook (facebook.com/SugarLandSkeeters) and Twitter (@SL_Skeeters).
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