As the Constellation Energy League heads into its last week of play, it’s former players that continue to make the news.
Last week the Houston Astros promoted former Team Skeeter pitcher Chase De Jong to the active roster. He becomes the second player from the league to make a Major League active roster behind pitcher Brett Eibner, who is now a member of the Miami Marlins.
They are two of six players from the makeshift league to have their contacts purchased by Major League organizations. Left-hander Matt Dermody got the call to join the Chicago Cubs, reliever Fernando Rodney went to the Astros, catcher Brett Sullivan was recalled to the Tampa Bay Rays, and catcher Cameron Rupp returned to the Cleveland Indians.
Baseball fans at Constellation Field welcomed back former Sugar Land Skeeter and Major League All-Star Scott Kazmir, who joined Eastern Reyes del Tigre. The 36-year-old journeyman pitcher, who made his debut with the Tampa Bay Devil Rays in 2004 at the age of 20, joined the
Skeeters in their inaugural season in 2012 and became the team’s first player to be called up to the majors. He went from Sugar Land to Puerto Rico and the next year joined the Cleveland Indians. The next season he went to the Oakland A’s and in 2015 was traded to the Astros. In 2016 he signed with the Los Angeles Dodgers and, after struggling with injuries, was traded to the Atlanta Braves in 2017.
Back in Sugar Land with Reyes del Tigre, he made his debut with an inning of relief on Aug. 15, striking out two over a scoreless inning. He got his first start on Aug. 18, leading Eastern to a 6-4 victory over the Sugar Land Lightning Sloths. He struck out five across four innings, giving up four hits and three runs. He holds an ERA of 1.80 heading into the last week.
“Obviously he’s had a very successful big league career for quite a while, so he wanted to come out and pitch and compete again and see where it may take him, so I’m thrilled to have him,” said manager Dave Eiland.
Friday will be the fireworks finale of the season and Saturday and Sunday will feature a bucket hat giveaway. For tickets and more information, visit www.sugarlandskeeters.com.