Indy Ball Weekly Perspective: Skeeters sign MLB veteran Ryan Langerhans
04/14/2014 4:55 AM - Devo
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Ryan Langerhans is returning to the Sugar Land Skeeters for the second time, according to a press release by the Sugar Land Skeeters.
Prior to spending part of 2013 with the Toronto Blue Jays' minor league affiliate, Buffalo Bisons, he appeared in 47 games for the Skeeters batting .287. In 150 at-bats Langerhans hit five home runs driving in 28. His .920 OPS was good for fourth on the team.
The Sugar Land Skeeters are undeniably one of the crown jewels of independent baseball. For the second consecutive season, the Skeeters have led all of indy ball in attendance, per Ballpark Digest. Their line-up has consistently featured major league calibre players like Roger Clemens, Scott Kazmir Jason Lane, and Koby Clemens to name a few. His return is nothing out of the ordinary.
Drafted by the Atlanta Braves in the 3rd round of the 1998 MLB June Amateur Draft, Langerhans is no stranger to the ins and outs of the game. He's played in over 1800 games, nearly 600 at the MLB level. During that time, the left-handed swinging outfielder has hit .226 with 33 home runs and 125 RBI.
Langerhans's been a starter, a utility guy and a player to be named later, but just when you think he's out of options, he pops up on another MLB roster with the ability to fill a need.
Without a shadow of a doubt, 2005 was his best season. He appeared in 128 games for the Braves, went deep eight times and drove in 42. Spitting time in the outfield with Andruw Jones, Jeff Francoeur, and Kelly Johnson, Langerhans was a main cog in the Braves run to their 14th consecutive division title.
Over the next eight years, Langerhans played sporadically for a multitude of organizations, which include the Oakland Athletics, Washington Nationals, Seattle Mariners, Arizona Diamondbacks, Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim and Blue Jays.
He's never likely to start again, but is a fourth or fifth outfielder in an emergency situation or if you need that veteran presence on the bench. If history is any indication, his time with the Skeeters will be productive, but short lived.
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