Three pitchers, two infielders announced
The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today the signing of three Major League Baseball players for the inaugural season. Pitchers Gary Majewski and Heath Phillips and catcher Colt Morton join the Skeeters’ roster. Houstonian Sean Morgan and Ofilio Castro also join the club.
Majewski, a right-handed pitcher from Houston, Texas, arrives at Sugar Land bringing in more than six years of major league experience. He was originally drafted out of high school by the Chicago White Sox in the 2nd round with the 59th overall pick, but wasn’t given his first MLB appearance until 2004 with the Montreal Expos. Since his debut, Majewski has a combined 231 appearances on the mound primarily with the Expos, Washington Nationals and Cincinnati Reds holding a 4.75 ERA in 242 innings pitched.
Phillips, a left-handed pitcher from Evansville, Indiana, was also drafted by the White Sox in the 2000 MLB in the 10th round. In 2006, he played the entire season with the Triple-A Charlotte Knights and was named the International League Most Valuable Pitcher after going 13-5 with a 2.96 ERA. A year later, Phillips was rewarded with a September call up and six appearances. Phillips comes to the Skeeters after spending 2011 with the Long Island Ducks.
Filling another spot behind the dish, Morton, a native of Fort Lauderdale, Florida, adds two more years of MLB catching experience to the Skeeters’ roster. Morton was drafted in the 3rd round with the 71st overall pick in the 2003 MLB Draft by the San Diego Padres. He played in 10 games at the major league level. Leading up to his break, Morton garnered seven years of minor league experience hitting at a .238 clip with 80 home runs and 265 RBI.
Adding another arm to the pitching staff, righty Sean Morgan returns home to help bolster an already impressive group. Morgan attended Clements High School just down the road before heading to Tulane University. He was drafted in the 4th round with the 133rd overall pick in the MLB Draft by the Arizona Diamondbacks in 2007.
Infielder Ofilio Castro joins Sugar Land from the Harrisburg Senators, Double-A affiliate of the Nationals MLB club for 2012. In eight years, the Nicaraguan averaged close to 85 hits a season with a .258 batting average while primarily starting at 2nd and 3rd base.