The Sugar Land Skeeters have signed a Player Development License (PDL) with the Houston Astros, the local minor league team announced in a Friday news release. According to the Skeeters, the contract runs through the end of the 2030 season.
Sugar Land will be the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate, joining Double-A Corpus Christi, High-A Fayetteville and Low-A Asheville in the Astros’ farm system. The Skeeters said they are one of two former independent clubs to become a Triple-A affiliate under the new PDL between MLB and MiLB, which will feature 120 teams across four leagues.
Sugar Land will be playing in the East Division of Triple-A West, with divisional opponents including the Albuquerque Isotopes (Colorado Rockies), El Paso Chihuahuas (San Diego Padres), Oklahoma City Dodgers (Los Angeles Dodgers) and Round Rock Express (Texas Rangers). Other league opponents will include the Las Vegas Aviators (Oakland A’s), Reno Aces (Arizona Diamondbacks), Sacramento River Cats (San Francisco Giants), Salt Lake Bees (Los Angeles Angels) and Tacoma Rainiers (Seattle Mariners).
“This has been a dream for our organization since our inception a decade ago,” Skeeters President Christopher Hill said. “This is an incredibly exciting day for our fans, our community and our front office.”
Constellation Field is undergoing renovations, according to the Skeeters, who said they will soon announce specifics of the renovation as well as the team’s 2021 schedule and coaching staff.