Two Skeeters Named to All-Defensive Team

Sugar Land Skeeters

October 12, 2017 - Atlantic League (AtL) - Sugar Land Skeeters

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Bryan Pounds and Jake Hale Earn Atlantic League Recognition

SUGAR LAND, TX- The Atlantic League of Professional Baseball (ALPB) today announced its selections for the 2017 Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team. Among the players who have earned post-season defensive honors are Skeeters third baseman Bryan Pounds and right-handed pitcher Jake Hale.

After being acquired in a trade from York earlier in the season, Pounds ranked among the elite defenders in the Atlantic League with a .947 fielding percentage at third base. In addition to recording 19 double plays, 61 putouts and 189 assists, the Houston native committed just 14 errors in 264 total chances for the season in 121 games.

"With all the adversity I faced this season, this is truly an honor to be named as one of the top defensive players in the league," Pounds said. "As a player, I tried to bring everything I can to the table to help my team win. Although I had a tough season at the plate, I made sure to pick up my game on the defensive side of the field."

In 2008, the former ATL All-Star was drafted out of the University of Houston by the Detroit Tigers in the 34th round and has always been spectacular defensively.

Hale started 24 games on the mound for the Skeeters and had one of the best seasons of his career. His defensive performance was a key contribution to his success as a pitcher this season.

"It's an honor to be named to the All-Defensive Team, as there are a lot of great players in the Atlantic League," Hale said. "To be named in a top bracket with those guys is incredible. After the successful year I had this is a great way to cap off the season. I'd like to thank the league for acknowledging my defense, which I take a lot of pride in."

His defensive performance led to him being ranked second in the league for complete games (5), ERA (3.24), and third in wins (11) en-route to receiving Sugar Land's 2017 Pitcher of the Year honors.

The full list of players selected to the 2017 Post-Season All-Star Team can be found at AtlanticLeague.com. The Player, Pitcher, Manager and Rawlings Gold Glove Defensive Player of the Year will be announced Monday, October 16. Club Awards, including the Joe Klein Executive of the Year, the Ken Shepard Award for Promotional Excellence, the Ray Cipperly Award for Groundskeeping Excellence, Promotion of the Year, Mascot of the Year, Ballpark of the Year and Outstanding Club Community Service Award will be announced Wednesday, October 18.

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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 140 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 .

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 38 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.

For more information, please visit www.atlanticleague.com .

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