Skeeters

The Sugar Land Skeeters officially became the Houston Astros' Triple-A affiliate on Friday with the signing of a Player Development License (PDL). (Contributed photo)

The Sugar Land Skeeters’ coaching staff for their first season as a Houston Astros affiliate was announced Monday by the organization.

Managing the Skeeters this year will be Mickey Storey, who had managed the Astros’ previous Triple-A affiliate, the Round Rock Express, for the last two seasons. Joining him in Sugar Land will be pitching coach Erick Abreu, hitting coach Ben Rosenthal, development coach Sean Connole, strength coach Hazael Wessin and athletic trainers John Gregorich and A.J. Smith.

Storey, 35, is a former pitcher who appeared in a total of 26 MLB games over two seasons with the Astros and Toronto Blue Jays. He has been with the Astros’ organization in various coaching roles since 2016, according to a news release from the Skeeters. Former Astros players Gary Gaetti and Pete Incaviglia managed the Skeeters during their time as an independent minor league franchise from 2012-21, with Incaviglia having served in that role since 2018.

Abreu is set to begin his first season as the pitching coach for the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate. He previously worked as a pitching coach for Class A Quad Cities (2019-20), Short-Season Tri-City (2018), Rookie League Greeneville (2017), the GCL Astros (2016) and the DSL Astros (2014-15).

Connole is in his second season with the Astros organization and his first as the development coach for their Triple-A affiliate, while Gregorich is entering his eighth season with the Astros and his third with the team’s Triple-A club. Wessin is in his seventh season with the Astros and second as the Triple-A strength coach, while Smith is in his first season with the organization’s highest affiliate.

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