(Sugar Land, Texas, Aug. 24, 2016) - The Sugar Land Skeeters announced today that left-handed pitcher Roy Merritt’s contract has been purchased by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Merritt will report to the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Los Angeles AAA affiliate. Merritt is the first Skeeter to have his contract purchased during the 2016 season and leaves the Skeeters after going 8-2 with a 2.99 ERA with 93 strikeouts over 18 starts. He also made seven relief appearances this season.
The Houston native is the 44th Skeeter since 2012 to have his contract purchased by a Major League or Mexican League club and the 19th player to be assigned to AAA. Merritt is also the 2nd Skeeter to have his contract purchased by the Dodgers organization.
“Roy is always so consistent and has been, in my opinion, the best left-handed pitcher in the Atlantic League since I’ve been here,” said Skeeters manager Gary Gaetti. “He’s going to be able to do everything that the Dodgers need him to do.”
Merritt owns a 53-48 minor league record in 10 seasons and has posted a 3.38 ERA with 35 saves and 808 strikeouts in 1014.0 innings of work. This will be the 2nd AAA assignment in Merritt’s career after being assigned to AAA Buffalo (NYM) during the 2010 season.
About the Sugar Land Skeeters
Led by former Major Leaguer Gary Gaetti, 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 play 140 regular season games in the Atlantic League, which offers an open classification of play, the highest level of professional baseball other than Major League Baseball. Atlantic League players are highly experienced professionals that play to win. Over 800 players from the Atlantic League have signed contracts with big league organizations and over 100 players have been transferred to MLB.
About the Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB)
The Atlantic League has been a leader in professional baseball and a gateway to Major League Baseball since 1998. Over 35 million fans have attended Atlantic League games and more than 800 players and 50 managers and coaches have joined MLB organizations directly from the ALPB. The Atlantic League emphasizes winning baseball games, showcasing the talent of top-caliber players and offering affordable family entertainment to metropolitan markets serving nearly 15% of the US population.
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