Skeeters Ink Six More

The Sugar Land Skeeters announced on Wednesday that they signed pitchers Tyler Lumsden, Colton Pitkin, Duniesky Flores and expansion pick Ryan McKeller. The Skeeters also signed expansion draft picks, shortstop Iggy Suarez, and catcher Octavio Martinez for the 2012 season.

Tyler Lumsden was drafted by the Chicago White Sox in the 1st round (34th overall) of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft out of Clemson University. Lumsden played two seasons in the White Sox organization. In 2005, he had a 9-4 record with a 2.69 ERA in 123.2 innings for the Birmingham Barons(AA). Lumsden missed the entire 2005 season after having elbow surgery. On July 24, 2006, the White Sox traded Lumsden  along with Daniel Cortes to the Kansas City Royals for Mike MacDougal. Lumsden pitched for the Royals Triple-A affiliate Omaha from 2007-2008. On November 24, 2008 Lumsden was traded to the Houston Astros for a player to be named later and cash. He pitched in the Astros organization for two seasons with Corpus Christi(AA) and Round Rock(AAA). Lumsden started the 2010 season with the Houston Astros organization but was traded to the San Diego Padres in July 2010. Lumsden was 1-5 with a 5.36 ERA for the Padres Double-A affiliate San Antonio that season.

Colton Pitkin was a 41st round (1234th overall) selection by the Houston Astros in 2007 MLB Amateur Draft out Sterling High School in Baytown, Texas.  He pitched five seasons in the Astros organization, compiling a 10-14 record with a 4.82 ERA in 245 innings pitched.

Duniesky Flores previously pitched for the Cuban national team.

Ryan McKeller was a 45th round (1355th overall) selection by the Houston Astros in 2002 MLB Amateur Draft. He pitched seven seasons in the Houston Astros organization, advancing to Triple-A in 2009. McKeller pitched for the Camden Riversharks the last two seasons, where he compiled a 4-9 record with a 3.97 ERA in 122 innings pitched.

Iggy Saurez was a 24th round (714th selection) by the Boston Red Sox in 2003 MLB Amauter Draft. He played sevens in the Red Sox organization. His best season in the Red Sox organization came in 2008, when he had .242 average with 5 home runs, 50 RBI, and 15 stolen bases in 124 games for Portland(AA). In 2010, Suarez signed with the Somerset Patriots and hit .266 with 3 home runs and 30 RBI in 89 games. Last season, Suarez started the season with the Somerset Patriots but was traded to the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and eventually the Lancaster Barnstormers. He had a .230 batting average with 1 home run and 34 RBI between the three teams.

This will Octavio Martinez's fourth season in the Atlantic League. He previously played for the the Southern Maryland Blue Crabs (2009 and 2010), Lancaster Barnstormers (2010), and York Revolution (2011). Martinez was a 10th round (307th overall) selection by the Baltimore Orioles in the 1999 MLB Amateur Draft. He played nine seasons in affiliated baseball with the Baltimore Orioles, Pittsburgh Pirates and Los Angeles Dodgers organizations. He advanced to Triple-A three separate times in 2004, 2005, and 2007.

It was only a matter of time before the Skeeters started to sign pitchers. Lumsden was an extremely high draft pick coming out of Clemson University. However, injuries derailed his career. When healthy he's an extremlely solid pitcher. Colton Pitkin is only 22 years old, and should be able to learn a lot from pitching coach Brit Burns. He should be solid out of the bullpen for the Skeeters. Not much is know about Duniesky Flores accept that he pitched for the Cuban national team. According to Skeeters web site, he was the number two pitcher behind Aroldis Chapman on the Cuban national team. I'm sure he'll be a starter for the Skeeters, and possibly their number one. Ryan McKeller is a veteran of the Atlantic League and will provide some veteran leadership to a young bullpen. Iggy Suarez is a great signing for the Skeeters. I watched him play for Lancaster last season, and he's a very pesky player, and a tough out. He should be able to get on base and set the table for the top the Skeeters order. Octavio Martinez is a solid defensive catcher, and brings veteran leadership to an extremely young pitching staff.

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