SUGAR LAND, TX — The Sugar Land Skeeters today announced the signing of infielder Javier Betancourt.
Betancourt, 24, is set to appear in his third consecutive season with the Skeeters. In 45 games last season, he hit .229/.286/.264 with five doubles and 12 RBIs. Betancourt thrived with extended playing time in September, hitting .292/.314/.354 in 15 games that month, also stealing three bases.
Through two seasons with the Skeeters, Betancourt has appeared in 103 games and has hit .214/.266/.262 with 29 RBIs while appearing at second base, shortstop and third base. He played a pivotal role in the Skeeters run to the 2018 Atlantic League Championship. In Game 2 of the 2018 Atlantic League Championship Series, Betancourt provided a walk-off sacrifice fly to put the Skeeters up 2-0 in the best-of-five series against the Long Island Ducks. He also went 3-for-3 with a run and a walk in the deciding Game 5.
Betancourt, a native of Santa Teresa del Tuy, Venezuela, originally signed with the Detroit Tigers as an amateur free agent. While in the Tigers’ system, Betancourt was named a Gulf Coast League All-Star (2013) and a Midwest League All-Star (2014). Betancourt has also appeared at the affiliated level with the Milwaukee Brewers, reaching as high as the Double-A level.
Prior to joining the Skeeters last season, Betancourt appeared in 10 games with the Washington Wild Things of the Frontier League.
Over eight seasons at the professional level, Betancourt has hit .259/.306/.344 with 27 home runs and 252 RBIs in 734 games.
The Skeeters, two-time winners of the Atlantic League Championship, begin their ninth season of play in the Atlantic League at Constellation Field on April 30. Season tickets and mini-plans for the 2020 season are currently available and can be purchased by visiting SugarLandSkeeters.com, the TDECU Ticket Office at Constellation Field or by calling the Skeeters at 281-240-4487.
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