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Skeeters prep for 2014 season with initial player signings

With their third season in the Atlantic League a couple of months from getting under way, the Sugar Land Skeeters have taken the initial steps to following up their Freedom Division-winning season in 2013.

Righthander Matt Wright, shown here with the Oakland A's in 2010, will rejoin the Sugar Land Skeeters to open the 2014 Atlantic League season, the club announced February 20.
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On Thursday, the Skeeters announced that the club has signed three pitchers to its 2014 roster. All have ties to the Houston area, the Skeeters’ previous rosters or both.

Right-handed pitchers Clint Everts and Matt Wright will return to the team in 2014 and left-handed reliever Dan Meadows has signed with the club as well.

Everts, the 29-year-old Cypress Falls graduate and former farmhand in the Montreal and Toronto organizations, pitched in 23 games for the Skeeters after joining the team midseason in 2013. He went 5-2 with a 2.71 ERA and 40 strikeouts in 63 innings.

Wright is no stranger to fans of the team. He has been the opening day starter for the Skeeters in each of their first two campaigns. The 31-year-old Waco-area native went 10-1 with a 2.63 ERA last season for the Skeeters before he was signed by the Arizona Diamondbacks’ Class AAA Reno affiliate.

Wright was snapped up by Class AAA Lehigh Valley in the Philadelphia Phillies’ system in 2012 following a similarly successful start in Sugar Land.

Meadows, 26, joins the Skeeters club following six seasons with the Milwaukee Brewers organization. He is a graduate of Cinco Ranch High School in Katy and spent time last season at both Class AA Huntsville and Class A Brevard County. He owns a 29-23 record with six saves and a lifetime 3.76 ERA over his career.

More signings are expected over the next several weeks and the team will also host a two-day open tryout March 22-23 at Constellation Field.

The Skeeters open their season on April 24 with a four-game series against the Lancaster Barnstormers at Constellation Field.

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