Michael Papierski Skeeters

Michael Papierski (33) flips the ball to first base during a July 11 game while Alex De Goti looks on. (Photo by Landan Kuhlmann)

Pedro Leon, the Houston Astros' No. 2 prospect as rated by MLB Pipeline, was promoted to the Sugar Land Skeeters earlier this week, the team announced.

Leon hit .249 with an .803 OPS in 52 games this season for Double-A Corpus Christi while playing primarily shortstop and some center field. He sports a .962 OPS since the start of June. The 23-year-old native of Cuba, signed by the Astros in January, recently played in the All-Star Futures Game.

Week in review

The Skeeters couldn't quite find a winning rhythm last week, alternating wins and losses during a 3-3 week in which they averaged six runs per game.

Despite the split, the Skeeters (36-27) remained in first place in Triple-A West’s East division entering play this week, while boasting the league’s best run differential (+63). They were slated to finish a series at Albuquerque on Tuesday.

Infielder C.J. Hinojosa was once again Sugar Land’s hottest bat. He went 12 for 26 with a team-leading four homers and eight RBIs, including a multi-homer effort in Sunday’s 9-7, extra-inning victory over Albuquerque.

Fellow infielder Taylor Jones made his return to the lineup with a bang, going 7 for 15 with three doubles. Outfielder Jake Meyers was also on fire again, going 7 for 19 with his team-leading 16th home run while driving in four runs.

Peter Solomon was the standout of the week for Sugar Land on the mound, tossing seven innings of one run baseball in the Skeeters’ win over Tacoma on July 13. Solomon (3-0) allowed just one hit and struck out eight while walking just one batter, taking a no-hitter into his seventh and final inning.

Ronel Blanco had a busy week out of the bullpen, allowing one hit across four innings of work while allowing one unearned run. He struck out five against just two walks, picking up saves against Tacoma on July 13 and July 16 against Albuquerque and a win on Sunday against the Isotopes.

Blanco’s 10 saves are third in Triple-A West, while his .188 batting average against is eighth-best among pitchers with at least 20 innings. Following the conclusion of their series against Albuquerque on Tuesday, the Skeeters will play at Oklahoma City on July 22-27 before returning to Constellation Field July 29-Aug. 3 against El Paso.

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