|Position: LHP/Pitching Coach||Birthday: September 22, 1985|
|Born: Houston, TX||Bats/Throws: L/L|
|Height: 6-0||Weight: 170 lbs|
|Pro Experience: 13 years||College: Southern University |
Merritt, 33, re-joins the Skeeters after helping lead them to the 2016 Atlantic League Championship ... Went 8-2 with a 2.99 ERA and one save in 25 regular-season outings in 2016 (18 starts), as well as making five appearances in the postseason ... Houston native spent the 2018 regular-season campaign with the Olmecas de Tabasco and the Rieleros de Aguascalientes, going a combined 6-7 with a 4.03 ERA in 21 starts ... New York Mets took Merritt in the 29th round of the 2007 MLB Draft out of Southern University. The St. Louis Cardinals also took Merritt in the 42nd round of the 2003 MLB Draft out of Nimitz High School (Houston, Texas) ... Pitched five seasons in the New York Mets Minor League system, peaking at Triple-A. He last pitched at the affiliated level in 2016 with Triple-A Oklahoma City (Los Angeles Dodgers)... Selected as an Eastern League Mid-Season All-Star in 2009 with Double-A Binghamton ... First joined the Atlantic League in 2012 with the Somerset Patriots and appeared with Somerset from 2012-15. He is 21-13 with a 2.89 ERA and 1.18 WHIP in 93 career Atlantic League appearances (350 IP) ... Through 12 seasons at the professional level, Merritt has gone 79-72 with a 3.69 ERA and 35 saves in 522 games (199 starts) ... Replaces Corey Domel as the Skeeters pitching coach.