The Sugar Land Skeeters have announced that they have signed major league veteran outfielder and designated hitter Jason Botts and recent Houston Astros prospect and outfielder Drew Locke.
“The Skeeters are excited to have two more great bats to add to our team,” said Gary Gaetti, Manager of the Sugar Land Skeeters. “Botts and Locke both see the ball well. Expect to see strong production from our lineup.”
Botts, a 6’5” 250lb switch hitting outfielder from the Dallas/Fort Worth area finished last season in the New York Mets organization with the Triple-A Buffalo Bisons. He made his major league debut for the Rangers Sept. 4, 2005 against the Baltimore Orioles. He was called up three more times for a total of 93 games. He comes to the Skeeters with career stats in Triple A of .290 batting average, 612 runs scored, 1033 hits, 233 doubles, 127 home runs and 618 RBIs in 1009 games played from 2005 through 2011.
Locke, a Boston College product, was drafted in 2005 by the Los Angeles Dodgers. He was acquired by the Astros in the minor league phase of the Rule 5 draft then spent the past 3 season in Houston’s farm system, playing in Corpus Christi in ’09, Round Rock in ’10 and Triple-A Oklahoma City in ’11. In 2009, he was a Texas League All-Star Outfielder knocking in 109 RBIs in 129 games.
Locke has seven seasons of minor league experience with career stats of .297 batting average, 420 runs scored, 819 hits, 182 doubles, 94 home runs, 476 RBIs and 37 stolen bases in 763 games played.
The Sugar Land Skeeters offices are presently located at 16160 City Walk in Sugar Land Town Square, Sugar Land, TX 77479 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).