SUGAR LAND, TX— The Sugar Land Skeeters announced yesterday that the club has signed former Major League infielders Colin Walsh and Rey Navarro. Walsh was signed on Saturday and appeared in his first game with the Skeeters on Sunday. Navarro was signed Tuesday morning and made his debut with the Skeeters Tuesday evening in Lancaster, going 2-3 and belting two home runs in a 9-2 victory.
Navarro, 28, made his Major League debut in 2015 with the Baltimore Orioles, appearing in 10 games and hitting .276 with a home run and three RBIs. His appearances with the Orioles in 2015 have accounted for all of his MLB service time. All nine of his defensive appearances in the Majors came at second base. Navarro began the 2018 season with Triple-A Tacoma (Seattle Mariners) and appeared in seven games before being released by the organization on April 27.
In 1,152 career Minor League games, Navarro has a slash line of .265/.313/.374 with 61 home runs and 486 RBIs. He was originally drafted by the Arizona Diamondbacks in the third round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of the Puerto Rico Baseball Academy. He spent four seasons in the Diamondbacks organization (2007-10), four in the Kansas City Royals organization (2010-13), one in the Cincinnati Reds organization (2014), one in the Orioles organization (2015), two in the Los Angeles Angels organization (2016-17) and one in the Mariners organization (2018). Navarro was a Midwest League All-Star in 2009 with Single-A South Bend (Arizona), a Carolina League All-Star in 2011 with High-A Wilmington (Kansas City) and a Southern League All-Star in 2014 with Double-A Pensacola (Cincinnati).
Walsh, 28, made his Major League debut in 2016, appearing in 38 games with the Milwaukee Brewers, which has accounted for all of his Major League service time. He had a slash line of .085/.317/.106 with two RBIs in 2016 with the Brewers. He made 11 of his appearances at third base, also making two appearances at left field and one at second base. He was on the Brewers’ Opening Day roster in 2016 after being selected in the Rule 5 Draft from the Oakland A’s.
The San Diego native spent the 2017 season within the Minor League systems of the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks, spending the bulk of his time (68 games) with Double-A Jackson (ARI). In 102 combined games last season, Walsh hit .256 with 24 doubles, 12 home runs and 38 RBIs. Walsh was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals in the 13th round of the 2010 MLB Draft out of Stanford. He spent four seasons in the Cardinals system (2010-13), peaking at Double-A, and two seasons in Oakland’s system (2014-15), peaking at Triple-A.
Walsh was named a Midwest League All-Star in 2012 with Single-A Quad Cities (STL) and was named a Texas League All-Star in 2015 with Double-A Midland (OAK). While at Stanford, Walsh was selected twice as an All-Pac-10 honorable mention.
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