Clinton LumberKings sign PDC with Marlins to 2020

The Clinton LumberKings have signed a player development contract with the Marlins to 2020.  I was a little surprised to see the Marlins leave the South Atlantic League for the Midwest League, although the available affiliates for them weren’t all that close and the league footprint doesn’t make it down to Florida.  The Marlins last had a Midwest League affiliate in 2002.

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Round Rock Express sign PDC with Astros to 2022

The Round Rock Express have signed a player development contract with the Astros to 2022.  We knew that the Express would be the Astros AAA affiliate, but were waiting on the announcement to see the contract length.  Interesting to see some four year agreements in the Pacific Coast League for teams to lock in their affiliations.  Round Rock was the Astros AAA affiliate from 2005-2010 and the Astros AA affiliate from 2000-2004.

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Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino extend PDC with Angels to 2022

The Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino have extended their player development contract with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim to 2022.  The 66ers have been an Angels affiliate since 2011.  This leaves only two High A affiliations unaccounted for and I don’t see those two switching.

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Everett AquaSox extend PDC with Mariners to 2022

The Everett AquaSox have extended their player development contract with the Mariners to 2022.  This was already renewed through 2020, so this is a further extension.  The AquaSox have been a Mariners affiliate since 1995.

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AAA Affiliation Announcements

Nashville Sounds sign PDC with Rangers to 2022
Fresno Grizzlies sign PDC with Nationals to 2020
San Antonio (former Colorado Springs Sky Sox) extend PDC with Brewers to 2020

So I was way off with my thoughts.  It appears that the mistake I made was that the Rangers didn’t want to play in San Antonio since there were no facility upgrades for the new AAA team and they would rather have their AAA team in Nashville with a fairly new facility.  The Brewers decided to stay with their affiliate as it moves from Colorado Springs to San Antonio.  And the odd man out is the Nationals who now have their AAA affiliate in Fresno.  Although it hasn’t been announced yet, Round Rock will be the Astros affiliate.

So looking forward to 2020, I wouldn’t be surprised if we saw more movement at the AAA level.  I don’t think the Nationals will enjoy having their AAA affiliate over 2000 miles away.

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Bluefield Blue Jays extend PDC with Blue Jays to 2020 (announced in July)

The Bluefield Blue Jays have extended their player development contract with the Blue Jays to 2020.  I missed this announcement in July, so this is just indicating that the PDC list was updated accordingly.

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Las Vegas 51s sign PDC with A’s to 2020; Fresno and Round Rock Changing Affiliates

The Las Vegas 51s have signed a player development contract with the A’s to 2020.  The last few cycles it was Las Vegas that was the last contract to be announced because of the poor facilities.  And now that they are getting a new stadium, it was the first affiliation change announced during this cycle.

The Fresno Grizzlies put out a story saying that they were changing affiliates, which means that they and the Astros decided to explore other options.  The Round Rock Express also said they are changing affiliates, so you have to think the Astros are going there and the Rangers would want to stay in Texas with the new San Antonio team.

If I had to guess how the rest of AAA plays out, it would be as follows:
Fresno – Brewers
Nashville – Nationals
Round Rock – Astros
San Antonio – Rangers

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Orem Owlz extend PDC with Angels to 2020

The Orem Owlz have extended their player development contract with the Angels to 2020.  The Owlz have been an Angels affiliate since 2005 when the team moved from Provo.

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Fort Myers Miracle extend PDC with Twins to 2022

The Fort Myers Miracle have extended their player development contract with the Twins to 2022.  The Miracle have been a Twins affiliate since 1993.  Even though there are a few contracts at the High A level that haven’t been renewed yet, I don’t foresee any changes.

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Wisconsin Timber Rattlers extend PDC with Brewers to 2022

The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have extended their player development contract with the Brewers to 2022.  The Timber Rattlers have been a Brewers affiliate since 2009.  Apparently the wanted to beat the rush for the 2020 cycle and do their extension now.

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