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Sugar Land Skeeters

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Sugar Land Skeeters
Founded in 2012
Sugar Land, Texas
Sugar Land Skeeters (logo).png
Skeeters cap.png
Team logoCap insignia
Minor league affiliations
ClassTriple-A (2021–future)
Previous classesIndependent (2012–2020)
LeaguePacific Coast League (2021–future)
Previous leagues
Major league affiliations
TeamHouston Astros (2021–future)
Previous teams
  • Unaffiliated (2012–2020)
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2020
Division titles (3)
  • 2016
  • 2018
  • 2019
First half titles (4)
  • 2013
  • 2014
  • 2018
  • 2019
Second half titles (3)
  • 2013
  • 2016
  • 2018
Team data
NameSugar Land Skeeters (2012–present)
ColorsBlue, black, yellow, white
BallparkConstellation Field (2012–present)
Houston Astros
ManagerMickey Storey

The Sugar Land Skeeters are a Minor League Baseball team of Pacific Coast League (PCL) and the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros Major League Baseball club. They are located in Sugar Land, Texas, part of the Greater Houston metropolitan area, and play their home games at Constellation Field. Their name is a Southern slang word for mosquitos, which are common on summer nights in Southeast Texas.[1]

The Skeeters began play as an expansion team of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB), an independent baseball league, in 2012. Over eight seasons, they won two league championships (2016 and 2018). In 2020, the Skeeters competed in the Constellation Energy League, a makeshift league they hosted in light of the Atlantic League's cancelled season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Sugar Land won its championship. In conjunction with Major League Baseball's reorganization of the minors after the 2020 season, the Houston Astros purchased an ownership stake in the team and made them their Triple-A affiliate.


Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (2012–2019)

In 2008, Sugar Land, Texas, residents voted for the allocation of civic revenues toward the construction of a new baseball park.[2] Initially, the Omaha Royals were interested in moving to the city, but eventually declined because of the construction of Werner Park in suburban Omaha, Nebraska.[3] City of Sugar Land officials contracted Opening Day Partners to build the ballpark to bring professional baseball to the region. The city knew that the Houston Astros of Major League Baseball (MLB) would not approve of an affiliated team in the Greater Houston area, so Sugar Land chose the independent circuit. The American Association and United Baseball League were considered since both organizations had teams located in Texas. The city decided on the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball mainly because Opening Day Partners' other teams were already members of that league. Sugar Land's entry was officially announced on May 18, 2010.[4]

In 2012, the Skeeters signed former MLB pitcher Roger Clemens.[5] The Skeeters sold out tickets on August 25, the night of Clemens' start, where he pitched ​3 13 innings in a 1–0 win.[6]

The Sugar Land City Council approved an ownership change on October 28, 2014. The Council's action cleared the way for Houston-area residents Bob and Marcie Zlotnik, who had been one-third minority partners since the 2012 season, to assume full ownership of SL Baseball, LLC.[7]

Also in the 2014 season, the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball All-Star Game was held at Constellation Field, home of the Skeeters. Usually, in each annual All-Star Game, the best players from the Freedom Division battle it out with the best players from the Liberty Division. However, in the 2014 event, the best players from all around the league faced the Skeeters. Sugar Land won on their home field by a score of 5–3. Nick Stavinoha was recognized as the game's Most Valuable Player. The game attendance was 7,555, which was the fourth highest All-Star Game attendance at the time. The Skeeters reached the Atlantic League championship finals that season but were swept by the Lancaster Barnstormers in the best-of-five game series, 3–0.

On September 17, 2015, the Skeeters announced the signing of former MLB All-Star Rafael Palmeiro, who had been in retirement for ten years. His son, Patrick Palmeiro, was also a member of the team that year. Shortly after signing with the Skeeters, the elder Palmeiro said, "We discussed me playing earlier this year and it's something I've looked forward to since then. The chance to play with my son is an opportunity the Skeeters have offered me and I'm very excited to make it happen this weekend."[8] On September 18, Rafael Palmeiro debuted for the Skeeters batting third, which was the spot right after his son. The father-son duo combined for five RBIs to lead Sugar Land to a 10–4 victory over the Camden Riversharks.[9]

They returned to the Atlantic League championships in 2016, where they won the ALPB title against the Long Island Ducks, 3–0. Shortly after the conclusion of the 2017 season, Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti stepped down from his position with the expiration of his contract. Gaetti had been the club's inaugural skipper in 2012 and managed the club for their first six seasons (2012–2017).[10]

The Skeeters reached the championship series in 2018 against Long Island, winning three games to two, to win their second championship overall and second in three years. They returned to the championship series again the following year, but lost to the Ducks, 3–2.

Constellation Energy League (2020)

In 2020, as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Skeeters organization launched their own four-team independent league—the Constellation Energy League—with play beginning on July 3, thereby going on hiatus for the 2020 ALPB season.[11] Opening Day was pushed back to July 10 due to a spike in coronavirus cases.[12]

All games were played at Constellation Field, with a maximum of 1,800 fans (31% of stadium capacity) allowed at each game in accordance with social distancing guidelines. Rosters were composed of former MLB players and other professionals who had previously played in minor league or independent baseball. Skeeters skipper Pete Incaviglia managed one of the teams, the father-son duo of Roger Clemens and Koby Clemens managed another team, and former MLB pitchers Greg Swindell and Dave Eiland each managed their own teams. The names of the four teams were: Sugar Land Skeeters (managed by Incaviglia), Team Texas (managed by the Clemenses), Sugar Land Lightning Sloths (managed by Swindell), and Eastern Reyes del Tigre (managed by Eiland).[13]

Triple-A (from 2021)

In November 2020, the Sugar Land Skeeters reached an agreement with the Houston Astros to be their Triple-A affiliate beginning in the 2021 season. This move is part of a broader Major League Baseball realignment and direct management plan over all Minor League player development.[14][15] The deal also involved the Astros purchasing a majority ownership share of the Skeeters.[16]

Season-by-season records

Table key
League The team's final position in the league standings
Division The team's final position in the divisional standings
GB Games behind the team that finished in first place in the division that season
Class champions Class champions (from 2021)
League champions League champions (2012–present)
§ Conference champions (from 2021)
* Division champions (2012–present)
^ Postseason berth (2012–2019)
Season-by-season records
Season League Regular season Postseason MLB affiliate Ref.
Record Win % League Division GB Record Win % Result
2012 ALPB 64–76 .457 7th 4th 24 Independent [17]
ALPB 95–45 .679 1st 1st 0–3 .000 Won First and Second Half Freedom Division titles
Lost Freedom Division title vs. Somerset Patriots, 3–0[18]
Independent [19]
ALPB 80–60 .571 3rd 2nd 1 3–5 .375 Won First Half Freedom Division title
Won semifinals vs. York Revolution, 3–2
Lost AL championship vs. Lancaster Barnstormers, 3–0[20]
Independent [21]
2015 ALPB 68–71 .489 5th 3rd 6 12 Independent [22]
^ * League champions
ALPB 74–66 .529 3rd 2nd 2 6–0 1.000 Won Second Half Freedom Division title[23]
Won Freedom Division title vs. York Revolution, 3–0
Won AL championship vs. Long Island Ducks, 3–0[24]
Independent [25]
2017 ALPB 67–73 .479 6th (tie) 3rd (tie) 9 Independent [26]
^ * League champions
ALPB 81–45 .643 1st 1st 6–4 .600 Won First and Second Half Freedom Division titles
Won Fredom Division title vs. Lancaster Barnstormers, 3–2
Won AL championship vs. Long Island Ducks, 3–2[27]
Independent [28]
^ * League champions
ALPB 72–66 .522 4th 2nd 2 5–4 .556 Won First Half Freedom Division title
Won Fredom Division title vs. Lancaster Barnstormers, 3–1[29]
Lost AL championship vs. Long Island Ducks, 3–2[30]
Independent [31]
League champions
CEL 17–11 .607 1st Won CEL championship Independent [32]
Totals 618–513 .546 20–16 .556


In December 2010, StarTex Power bought the rights to name the future ballpark of the Skeeters. The initial name of the field was StarTex Power Field. A year later, StarTex merged with Constellation Energy and the name Constellation Field was born on December 2011. Constellation Field opened on April 26, 2012, when the Sugar Land Skeeters hosted the York Revolution. The ballpark cost US$37 million to build and is owned by the City of Sugar Land.

Logos and uniforms

The official colors of the Sugar Land Skeeters are imperial blue, nighttime black, rawhide yellow, white, and refinery red. Aside from nighttime black, each color is a regional allusion: "imperial blue" for the Sugar Land–based Imperial Sugar company, "rawhide yellow" for the cattle industry, and "refinery red" for the area's oil refineries. The team's primary logo consists of a mosquito flying over a Texas contour with its proboscis marking Fort Bend County which is located in the Southeast Texas area. The "Skeeters" wordmark centered below is made up of sugarcane-inspired lettering – a reference to the industry's importance to the region. Centered to the right above the contour is "Sugar Land" in black letters with a "lone star."[33]

Television and radio

On April 24, 2014, the Sugar Land Skeeters announced a deal with ESPN that allowed for all home games at Constellation Field to be exclusively broadcast on the Internet channel ESPN3 for the 2014 season,[34] an agreement that was renewed for both the 2015 and 2016 seasons. Away games are heard on radio station KBRZ.

For the 2017 season, the Skeeters dropped their deals with both KBRZ and ESPN. Telecasts moved to the Skeeters' YouTube channel, while radio broadcasts moved to SB Nation Radio flagship station KGOW.


The Sugar Land Skeeters utilize two mascots. Their primary mascot is Swatson: a large, green mosquito who performs stunts, engages in fan activities, and is often found throughout the stadium during games. There is also a secondary mascot, the Rally Sloth, who is used in the middle of the ninth inning whenever the Skeeters are trailing. The Rally Sloth was first used in 2019 and was the main mascot of the Sugar Land Lightning Sloths of the 2020 Constellation Energy League.

Swatson, one of the Skeeters' mascots, during a July 2014 game
Swatson, one of the Skeeters' mascots, during a July 2014 game


Sugar Land Skeeters roster
Players Coaches/Other



  • 19 Lorenzo Quintana
  •  6 Jamie Ritchie


  •  9 Alex De Goti
  • -- Osvaldo Duarte
  • 14 Anibal Sierra
  • 21 Nick Tanielu




  • -- Ryan Engels (development)
  • 15 Drew French (pitching)
  • 18 Ben Rosenthal (hitting)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day injured list
* On Houston Astros 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated February 7, 2020
→ More rosters: MiLB • Pacific Coast League
Houston Astros minor league players

Notable alumni



Atlantic League Team Records
Category Statistic Year
Most wins in a single season 95 wins 2013
Highest winning percentage in a single season .679 winning percentage 2013
Highest attendance total in a single season 456,511 people 2012
Highest attendance average per game 6,650 people 2012
Highest attendance in a single game 8,606 people July 4, 2016


Atlantic League Awards
Award Recipient Year
Atlantic League First Team (Outfield) Adam Godwin 2013
Atlantic League First Team (First Base) Aaron Bates 2013
Atlantic League First Team (Catcher) Travis Scott 2013
Atlantic League Second Team (Catcher) Koby Clemens 2013
Atlantic League Second Team (Closer) Gary Majewski 2013
Atlantic League Manager of the Year Gary Gaetti 2013
All-Star Game MVP Nick Stavinoha 2014
All-Star Game MVP Travis Scott 2015
End-of-Season All-Star Team (Catcher) Chris Wallace 2015
End-of-Season All-Star Team (Second Base) Delwyn Young 2015
Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team (Third Base) Patrick Palmeiro 2015
Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team (Pitcher) Roy Merritt 2015
Atlantic League Player of the Year Jeremy Barfield 2016
End-of-Season All-Star Team (Outfield) Jeremy Barfield 2016
End-of-Season All-Star Team (Relief Pitcher) Andrew Johnston 2016
Atlantic League Championship Series MVP Juan Martinez 2016
End-of-Season All-Star Team (Second Base) Josh Prince 2017
Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team (Third Base) Bryan Pounds 2017
Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team (Pitcher) Jake Hale 2017
Atlantic League Championship Series MVP James Russell 2018
Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team (Outfield) Anthony Giansanti 2018
Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team (First Base) Matt Chavez 2018
Red, White, and Blue All-Defensive Team (Catcher) Derek Norris 2018
End-of-Season All-Star Team (Outfield) Anthony Giansanti 2018
End-of-Season All-Star Team (First Base) Matt Chavez 2018
End-of-Season All-Star Team (Relief Pitcher) Felipe Paulino 2018
Atlantic League Manager of the Year Pete Incaviglia 2018


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