Date of Birth: 10/28/1985
Height: 5' 11" Weight: 165 lbs
Resides: Upland, CA
Previous Team: New Britain (Atl.)
Highest Level: AAA
James Skelton returns for his fourth season with the Bees, seventh in the Atlantic League, and 16th of professional baseball. Last year with New Britain, the backstop appeared in 89 games, collecting a .255 batting average with 16 extra base hits, 45 runs scored, 33 RBI, and a .382 on-base percentage.
The 33-year-old was originally drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 14th round of the 2004 MLB amateur draft. He would spend five years in the Tigers organization, and continued to play in the affiliated ranks through 2012. Skelton peaked at the Triple-A level with Louisville (Reds) in 2011, and Syracuse (Nationals) in 2012. He made his Atlantic League debut in 2013, and has played in the league since with the Somerset Patriots, Lancaster Barnstormers, Southern Maryland Blue Crabs, and Bees. In 2017 with the Bees, he tied an all-time Atlantic League single-season record with 101 walks drawn.
In 1,169 career minor league games, James owns a .258 batting average with 62 home runs, 438 RBI, 594 runs scored, 154 stolen bases, and a .389 on-base percentage.