NEW BRITAIN - The New Britain Bees continue to bring back players from last seasonâ€™s roster with the re-signing of leadoff man and catcher James Skelton.
Team officials announced the deal Thursday afternoon, making the 30-year-old the 10th player from the 2016 roster to make their way onto the 2017 one.
â€śSkelton had a career year last year and weâ€™re excited to welcome him back for the 2017 season,â€ť Bees manager Stan Cliburn said in a statement. â€śHis consistency from the leadoff spot and behind the plate makes him a leader on this team. Weâ€™re excited to have him back in our lineup and working with our pitching staff.â€ť
Skelton ended last season leading the Atlantic League in walks with 91 and on-base percentage at .399. He also set career highs in home runs (10), runs scored (67) and games played (113) - 106 of which came at the catcher position, making it the first time he was able to reach the century mark behind the plate.
Overall, Skelton finished the season with a .266 batting average, 40 RBI and was named to the Atlantic Leagueâ€™s end-of-season all-star team as well as the leagueâ€™s Red, White and Blue All-Defensive Team.
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