#3 James Skelton, C


Position: C
Date of Birth: 10/28/1985
Height: 5' 11"   Weight: 165 lbs
Bats: L
Throws: R
Resides: West Covina, CA
Birth Place: West Covina, CA
Previous Team: NEW BRITAIN - 2016
Highest Level: AAA


Signed by New Britain as a free agent prior to the start of the 2016 season

2016: Led the Bees in runs scored (67), walks (91), and on-base percentage (.399), hit .266 with 10 home runs and 18 doubles in 113 games, named to the Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team at catcher

2015: Named to the Atlantic League All-Star game as a member of the Somerset Patriots

2014: Hit .242 with 8 home runs in 100 combined games between the Lancaster Barnstormers and Southern Maryland Blue Crabs

2013: Hit .268 and stole 20 bases in 83 games with Somerset

2012: Signed with the Washington Nationals on January 5, hit .290 in 45 combined games with AAA Syracuse (Washington Nationals), AA Harrisburg (Nationals), and A+ Potomac (Nationals), elected free agency on November 2

2011: Signed by Milwaukee Brewers on February 28, released by Brewers on March 30…signed by Cincinnati Reds on May 14, assigned to AA Carolina (Reds) on May 14…promoted to AAA Louisville (Reds) on August 23…elected free agency on November 2

2010: Released by Arizona Diamondbacks on March 29…signed by Philadelphia Phillies on March 31, released by Phillies on April 22…signed by Pittsburgh Pirates on April 23, assigned to A+ Bradenton (Pirates) on May 6…promoted to AA Altoona (Pirates) on July 29…hit .280 in 73 combined games with AA Altoona (Pirates) and A+ Bradenton (Pirates)

2009: Promoted to AA Mobile (Arizona Diamondbacks)

2008: Named mid-season All-Star with Lakeland…promoted to AA Erie (Detroit Tigers)…selected by Arizona Diamondbacks from the Detroit Tigers in Rule 5 major league draft on December 11

2007: Promoted to A West Michigan (Tigers)…hit .309 in 101 games…named mid-season All-Star with West Michigan…named Baseball America Low Class A All-Star with West Michigan…named post-season All-Star with West Michigan

2006: Hit .300 in 42 games with A- Oneonta (Tigers) 2005: Promoted to A+ Lakeland (Tigers)

2004: Drafted by the Detroit Tigers in the 14th round of the 2004 MLB Amateur Draft, signed with the Tigers on June 16

2017 Roster »
3 James Skelton C
19 Nick Murphy C
2 Jake McGuiggan IF
5 Michael Baca IF
8 Yusuke Kajimoto IF
9 Tsuyoshi Fujiwara IF
33 Jon Griffin 1B
35 Jovan Rosa 3B
6 Jamar Walton OF
10 Michael Crouse OF
28 Conor Bierfeldt OF
4 Brandon League P
12 Greg Nappo P
13 Nate Roe P
15 Brandon Shimo P
18 Kyle Simon P
20 Brandon Fry P
21 Mike Hepple P
23 Nick Greenwood P
25 Casey Coleman P
30 Brian Dupra P
32 Jonathan Pettibone P
16 Stan Cliburn Manager
24 Craig Maddox DH/Hitting Coach
22 Shawn Gilblair P/Pitching Coach
11 Daisuke Yoshida First Base/Bench Coach
7 Ivan Villaescusa C
40 Mike Lee P

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