Skeeters roster

A Sugar Land Skeeters player swings during a 2020 Constellation Energy League game. The Skeeters have announced the preliminary roster for its inaugural season as the Houston Astros' Triple-A affiliate, which begins May 6. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

The Sugar Land Skeeters have announced a preliminary Opening Day roster for their inaugural season as an affiliated team.

Sugar Land opens its first season as the Houston Astros’ Triple A affiliate with a six-game road series against the Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies affiliate) that starts at 7:35 p.m. May 6. The Skeeters’ home opener at Constellation Field is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. May 20 vs. the El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres).

The Skeeters’ 27-player roster, which is subject to change before the start of their season, includes seven players with major league experience: pitchers Nivaldo Rodriguez and Hector Velasquez, catcher Garrett Stubbs, infielders Alex De Goti, Taylor Jones and Abraham Toro, and outfielder Ronnie Dawson. All but Rodriguez and Velasquez have played for the Astros this year.

Four other Skeeters – pitchers Brett Conine, Shawn Dubin, Tyler Ivey and Jojanse Torres – are ranked among the Astros’ top 30 prospects by Baseball America and MLB Pipeline.

Individual tickets for 2021 Skeeters home games will go on sale next week.

Sugar Land’s complete roster is below:

Pitchers

Ronel Blanco

Brett Conine

Shawn Dubin

Riley Ferrell

Ralph Garza

Austin Hansen

Ryan Hartman

Tyler Ivey

Seth Martinez

Colin McKee

Nivaldo Rodriguez

Kit Scheetz

Jojanse Torres

Hector Velasquez

Catchers

Michael Papierski

Lorenzo Quintana

Colton Shaver

Garrett Stubbs

Infielders

Alex De Goti

C.J. Hinojosa

Taylor Jones

Miguelangel Sierra

Abraham Toro

Outfielders

Ronnie Dawson

Bryan De La Cruz

Jake Meyers

Jose Siri

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