A professional baseball team’s lifeblood is often in its player development prowess. Ultimately, a minor league club is meant to be a pipeline to the parent club.
There really is no way to sugarcoat it – the Astros’ catching prospects over the years have largely turned out to be pretty dismal. And none have ever really showed signs of anything that would indicate a potential for reliability at the major league level.
It would have been easy for Astros prospect Shawn Dubin to wallow when his four-year college of choice folded its baseball program following the 2017 season.
With the regular season coming down the home stretch, this week’s Skeeters Spotlight focuses on the player that many have tabbed to take over at shortstop should Correa depart the Bayou City this offseason – Jeremy Pena.
Each of the 16 times Brett Conine has marched out to the mound for the Sugar Land Skeeters this season, he’s stood no less than 782 miles away from his California hometown, Orange.
If it seems like we’ve been profiling a lot of pitchers – well, you’d be right. Because finding young pitchers and molding them into contributors has been an Astros specialty over the last decade or so.
When examining any minor league system for an MLB team, anyone can write about the prized prospects, the ones with a pedigree, major league bloodlines or eye-popping numbers. And they have earned their ranking for one reason or another.
Right-handed pitcher Hunter Brown – the Astros third-ranked prospect behind fellow pitcher Forrest Whitley and recently-promoted infielder/outfielder Pedro Leon – was promoted to the Skeeters on Saturday, less than two weeks after Leon’s promotion.
The Sugar Land Skeeters continued to pace Triple A West’s East division last week with standout performances from all facets of the game. One of the key contributors was an established bat, while the other was a bit of a surprise.
The Sugar Land Skeeters had a rough start to last week’s schedule, but rebounded to finish strong thanks to standout performances from three of their offensive leaders.
A normally potent Sugar Land Skeeters offense met its kryptonite during the team’s most recent homestand, leading to several close losses in a subpar week.
The Sugar Land Skeeters’ offense fired on all cylinders last week, scoring 52 runs in six games behind the effort of three players, who sit atop the team’s individual leaderboards entering play this week.
Lance McCullers Jr. trotted out to the Constellation Field mound, and the Sugar Land Skeeters crowd greeted him with a throaty roar as they got the rare chance to see a member of the Houston Astros’ 2017 World Series team take the field along with the organization’s stars of tomorrow.
Fresh off a strong opening homestand, the Sugar Land Skeeters hit a rough patch last week. But that doesn’t mean there was a shortage of standout performances for Sugar Land, which possessed Triple-A West’s best record at 19-9 after splitting a doubleheader with the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
The Sugar Land Skeeters have been a force to be reckoned with during the early stages of the Triple-A West season thanks to a dominant pitching staff and balanced offense.
The Skeeters earned a 7-3 win over the El Paso Chihuahuas in their home opener as a Triple-A team. But the scoreboard was hardly the only indicator of a successful night for the franchise, which brought in new and old fans alike from all over Fort Bend County to see Dominican phenom Jose Siri and others clad in Astros jerseys chattering about seeing Houston pitchers Framber Valdez and Jake Odorizzi on rehab assignments with the minor league team.
The Sugar Land Skeeters’ new venture with the Houston Astros as their top minor league affiliate was a surprise to some in the Houston area, but those close to the ownership circles of both franchises knew they were a match made in baseball heaven.
While the Sugar Land Skeeters will look different in many ways during the 2021 season, one thing remains fundamentally the same under the umbrella of the Houston Astros: the team wants to remain an affordable source of family entertainment.
On Tuesday, Sugar Land’s city council officially approved the Houston Astros’ acquisition of the Sugar Land Skeeters, the former independent baseball team that will serve as the Astros’ Triple-A affiliate beginning this season.
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.
Fort Bend County residents may soon be able to see the Houston Astros’ stars of tomorrow at Constellation Field. According to a Monday night tweet from Mark Berman of KRIV Fox 26 News, the Astros have entered into an agreement with the Sugar Land Skeeters to make the Skeeters the organization’s top minor league affiliate […]
Barely a month since beginning play, the four-team Constellation Energy League in Sugar Land has already seen multiple player contracts purchased by MLB organizations. Most recently, the Chicago Cubs purchased the contract of left-handed pitcher Matt Dermody on Aug. 8, while Brett Eibner was signed by the Miami Marlins on Aug. 2. Pitchers Fernando Rodney […]