Club signs returners from 2012; Inks right-handers Wells and Blacksher

Skeeters add four pitchers to 2013 roster

The Sugar Land Skeeters announced that the club has added four pitchers to the 2013 roster: right-handed pitchers and returning Skeeters Michael Nix and Gary Majewski, as well as Jared Wells and Derek Blacksher. The announcement was made by Skeeters Manager Gary Gaetti and Director of Operations Michael Kirk.

Nix returns to Constellation Field after making 32 appearances (17 starts) with the Skeeters in 2012. The righty transitioned into a starting role with the club last season and finished 4-11 with a 4.89 ERA (59ER/108.2IP) with 88 strikeouts. Originally selected by Atlanta in the 11th round of the June 2005 Draft, Nix owns a 30-32 career minor league record with a 3.95 ERA (204ER/465.1IP) in 317 games.

Majewski went 5-3 with a 3.38 ERA (25ER/66.2IP) while collecting a team-best 25 saves for the Skeeters in 2012. Prior to joining Sugar Land, the Houston native spent parts of six seasons in the Major Leagues with Montreal (2004), Washington (2005-06), Cincinnati (2006-08) and Houston (2010), posting a 9-13 record with a 4.75 ERA (128ER/242.1IP) in 231 Major League appearances.  Originally selected by the Chicago White Sox in the second round of the June 1998 Draft, Majewski owns a 50-46 career minor league record with a 4.00 ERA (370ER/833.1IP) in 438 games.

Wells signed with Sugar Land in 2012 prior to being picked up by the Colorado Rockies organization during Spring Training. In 19 games with Triple A Colorado Springs last year, Wells held no record with a 5.96 ERA (15ER/22.2IP) with 18 strikeouts. The Texas native owns a career 42-55 minor league record with a 4.51 ERA (414ER/825.1IP) in 277 games (111 starts). Originally selected by San Diego in the 31st round of the June 2002 Draft, Wells has pitched in a combined eight Major League games with the Padres (2008) and the Mariners (2008).

Blacksher comes to the Skeeters after spending three seasons with the Wichita Wingnuts of the American Association of Independent Professional Baseball. He was acquired via trade with the Wingnuts for future considerations. The right-hander went 10-5 with Wichita last season, maintaining a 4.55 ERA (73ER/144.1IP) over 23 appearances (22 starts). Drafted by the Marlins in the 33rd round of the June 2007 Draft out of McNeese State University, Blacksher owns a career 44-33 record and 4.39 ERA (307ER/629.2IP) over six minor league seasons.

Opening Day for the Sugar Land Skeeters is scheduled for Thursday, April 18 at Constellation Field against the Long Island Ducks. Skeeters eight-game and full-season ticket plans are still available, so fans are encouraged to act now and be a part of the 2013 season excitement. For more information about the Atlantic League, the Sugar Land Skeeters or how to purchase tickets, visit the team’s website at www.sugarlandskeeters.com or call the Skeeters ticket office at 281.240.HITS.

The Skeeters play 140 regular season games (70 home, 70 away) in the Atlantic League, considered the highest level of Minor League Baseball. Atlantic League players are “Major League ready” and in the last 15 years, over 600 players have graduated from Atlantic League clubs to Major League organizations, making the League a preferred route for experienced players to be scouted by Major League Baseball.

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