(Sugar Land, Tex., July 10, 2018) — The Sugar Land Skeeters today announced that the contract of right-hander Dallas Beeler was purchased by the Kansas City Royals, who’ve assigned Beeler to Double-A North Arkansas.
Beeler, 29, becomes the ninth player from the 2018 Skeeters to have his contract purchased by a Major League organization, which leads the Atlantic League. The nine contracts purchased from Major League organizations also matches the franchise record originally set in 2013. Since the Skeeters joined the Atlantic League in 2012, the most contracts purchased by Major League organizations was 13 from the Somerset Patriots in 2017.
Beeler won the Atlantic League’s June Pitcher of the Month after going 5-0 with a 1.61 ERA through six starts in the month. At the time his contract was purchased, Beeler was second in the league with a 1.99 ERA, tied for first with six wins, first with a .165 opponents’ batting average and fifth with 54 strikeouts. In a June 3 start against the York Revolution at Constellation Field, Beeler struck out 10 batters, which was a single-game high for a Skeeters pitcher this season and were tied for the second-most single-game strikeouts in franchise history. In his final start with the Skeeters, which came on June 30 at Constellation Field against the Lancaster Barnstormers, Beeler tossed eight no-hit innings, which marked the longest no-hit bid by a Skeeters pitcher this season.
The Chicago Cubs drafted Beeler in the 41st round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Oral Roberts University. The Toronto Blue Jays also selected Beeler in the 37th round of the 2008 MLB Draft out of Jenks High School (Jenks, Okla.). Beeler made his Major League debut with the Cubs on June 28, 2014, and also appeared with the Cubs at the Major League level in 2015. In two Major League seasons, Beeler has gone 0-3 with a 6.05 ERA through five starts, spanning 19 1/3 innings pitched.
Beeler has spent all seven of his seasons at the affiliated level with the Cubs and last appeared at the affiliated level in 2016 with Triple-A Iowa. He missed a majority of the 2016 season and all of the 2017 season after undergoing flexor tendon surgery and ulnar nerve transposition surgery. Through 115 career appearances (99 starts) at the affiliated level, Beeler has gone 31-29 with a 3.68 ERA, striking out 360 batters to 151 walks over 547 2/3 innings pitched.
The Skeeters return to Constellation Field on Friday, July 13, to begin a seven-game series against the Road Warriors as fans can enjoy our Friday Fireworks post-game show to open the series. The first 2,000 fans in attendance on Saturday, July 14, will receive our Snow Globe Giveaway (courtesy of Sugar Land Holiday Lights) and can enjoy many in-game promotions for our Christmas in July, including a post-game jersey auction of our Christmas-themed uniforms. The weekend will conclude with Sunday Funday, including pregame autographs, pregame catch on the field and kids getting to run the bases after the game.
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About the Sugar Land Skeeters
The Skeeters play at Constellation Field, a state-of-the-art stadium located at the intersection of State Highway 6 and U.S. Highway 90A in Sugar Land. The Skeeters are a member of the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) and play 126 regular season games. The Skeeters Baseball Foundation promotes youth education and healthy activities lifestyles by providing support to culturally, racially and economically diverse areas of the community. For more information please call 281-240-4487 or visit sugarlandskeeters.com.
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