Skeeters re-sign Marshall, add Patterson

(Photos by Joe Southern)
Skeeters first baseman Travis Scott watches a fly ball head to the outfield as he drops his bat to run to first during Sugar Land’s spring training game Saturday against Alvin Community College at Constellation Field. Although Scott was out on the play, the Skeeters won 1-0.

The Sugar Land Skeeters signed two more players to its 2017 defending championship roster.

The most recent additions include the return of right-hand pitcher and former big leaguer Brett Marshall and Atlantic League catcher Chase Patterson.

Marshall, 27, returns for his third stint with the Skeeters after making 17 appearances for the team last season, including starting game three of the Atlantic League Freedom Division Championship Series. Marshall went five innings and the Skeeters went on to win the game and sweep the Revolution 3-0, making it to the Atlantic League Championship Series and capturing their first ever title.

In 2016, he was 6-6 with a 4.33 ERA in 17 games (15 starts) and totaled 67 strikeouts in 81 innings pitched. Marshall has recorded a 12-10 record in independent league action with a 3.79 ERA in 27 games pitched. In nine minor league seasons, he has appeared in 153 games, 135 starts and has a 4.49 ERA in 746 innings pitched. He was drafted by the New York Yankees in the sixth round of the 2008 draft out of Sterling High School in Baytown. He made his major league debut with the Yankees on May 15, 2013 verses the Seattle Mariners and made three appearances in his only season in the big leagues (0-0, 4.50 ERA in 12 innings pitched).

Skeeters second baseman Josh Prince throws to first after getting a runner out in the second inning of Sugar Land’s spring training game against Alvin Community College Saturday at Constellation Field. The Skeeters won the 10-inning game 1-0. Opening day for the Skeeters is Thursday, April 20.

Patterson, 23, is entering his sixth season in professional baseball and his first with the Skeeters. Patterson is no stranger to the Atlantic League, playing for the Camden Riversharks in 2014 and all of last season with the Lancaster Barnstormers where had two homers and five RBI in 40 games. Patterson was drafted in the seventh round by the Los Angeles Angels in 2012 out of Mary Montgomery High School in Semmes, Ala. His father, Ricky Patterson, managed in the minors for the White Sox, Cubs, and Yankees between 1988-1996.

The 2016 Atlantic League champions open their 2017 season on Thursday, April 20, at Constellation Field when they host the Bridgeport Bluefish in a 7:05 p.m. game.

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