South Bend changes name to Cubs

The South Bend Silver Hawks have changed their name to the South Bend Cubs.  In recent years, teams have been getting away from sharing the nickname of their affiliation, but this will identify the team with its new major league affiliate to more casual fans.

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Wednesday’s Updates

Beloit Snappers extend PDC with A’s to 2016.

Kane County Cougars sign PDC with Diamondbacks to 2016.

Salem-Keizer Volcanoes extend PDC with Giants to 2016.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Tuesday’s Updates

Not much to mention today.  The Lansing Lugnuts made their player development contract extension with the Blue Jays official going to 2016.  The Boise Hawks announced that their player development contract with Rockies is signed until 2018.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Bakersfield Blaze with Mariners to 2016

The Bakersfield Blaze have signed a player development contract with the Mariners to 2016.  I thought that Bakersfield would end up as a Mariners affiliate, but probably as the last one to sign.  But I don’t know the state of what the Braves and Rangers are doing, so that could have been their last option.  But since the Braves and Rangers have yet to sign, I expect the Braves to remain in the Carolina League with the Mudcats and the Rangers to go to High Desert.  But maybe the Rangers have preferred the last few years on the east coast and will push the Braves to the California League, where they haven’t had a team since 1958 when they were still in Milwaukee.

Unfortunately I’ve been too busy to put in my comments with the PDC announcements this week, but I’d prefer to get the information out there as soon as I can.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Friday’s Updates

Here are the announcements from Friday:

High A:
Lake Elsinore Storm – Extended with Padres to 2016

Short Season A:
Boise Hawks – Rockies, announcement on Tuesday
Eugene Emeralds – Cubs to 2016
Tri-City Dust Devils – Padres to 2016

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Thursday’s Updates – Too Many To List Separately

A number of PDCs were signed on Thursday:

AAA:
Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Brewers to 2016
Fresno Grizzlies – Astros to 2016
Nashville Sounds – A’s to 2018
Sacramento River Cats – Giants to 2016

AA:
Mobile Bay Bears – Extended with Diamondbacks to 2016 (signed deal today)

High A:
Daytona Cubs – Reds to 2018 (yes, the name will change)

Low A:
South Bend Silver Hawks – Cubs to 2018

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Wednesday’s Updates – Too Many To List Separately

A number of PDCs were signed on Wednesday:

AAA:
Albuquerque Isotopes – Rockies to 2018
Iowa Cubs – extended with Cubs to 2018
Oklahoma City RedHawks – team purchased by Dodgers

AA:
New Britain Rock Cats – Rockies to 2016
Chattanooga Lookouts – Twins to 2018
Tulsa Drillers – Dodgers to 2016Mobile Bay Bears – Remain with Diamondbacks by default

High A:
Lynchburg Hillcats – Indians to 2018

Low A:
Fort Wayne – Extend with Padres to 2016

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Myrtle Beach Pelicans sign PDC with Cubs to 2016

The Myrtle Beach Pelicans have signed a player development contract with the Cubs to 2016.  This one did surprise me.  I knew the Cubs were planning on leaving the Florida State League, but I expect the Braves to go to Myrtle Beach.

At the High A level, there are still 5 teams available (Bakersfield, High Desert, Carolina, Lynchburg, Daytona) for the Reds, Mariners, Indians, Braves and Rangers.

If I had to guess how this will end up it would be:
Bakersfield – Mariners
High Desert – Rangers
Carolina – Braves
Lynchburg – Indians
Daytona – Reds

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Teams Available for New PDCs

Here is the list of teams that have not been renewed and are seeking new options.  Note that they are not prohibited from re-signed with their previous partner.

AAA:
Albuquerque Isotopes – Dodgers
Colorado Springs Sky Sox – Rockies
Fresno Grizzlies – Giants
Nashville Sounds – Brewers
Oklahoma City Redhawks – Astros
Sacramento River Cats – A’s

AA:
New Britain Rock Cats – Twins
Chattanooga Lookouts – Dodgers
Mobile BayBears – Diamondbacks
Tulsa Drillers – Rockies

High A:
Bakersfield Blaze – Reds
High Desert Mavericks – Mariners
Carolina Mudcats – Indians
Lynchburg Hillcats – Braves
Myrtle Beach Pelicans – Rangers
Daytona Cubs – Cubs

Low A:
Beloit Snappers – A’s
Fort Wayne TinCaps – Padres
Kane County Cougars – Cubs
South Bend Silver Hawks – Diamondbacks

Short Season A:
Boise Hawks – Cubs
Eugene Emeralds – Padres
Tri-City Dust Devils – Rockies

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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PDCs Extended through 2016

One of the aspects of the affiliation updates of the minor league teams is that one of the two teams involved in each partnership must announce that they are seeking another affiliate.  Based on that list, here are the automatic renewals that I have updated:

AAA:
Pawtucket Red Sox with Red Sox
Tacoma Rainiers with Mariners

AA:
Huntsville Stars (moving to Biloxi) with Brewers

High A:
Lake Elsinore Storm with Padres
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes with Dodgers
Brevard County Manatees with Brewers
Charlotte Stone Crabs with Rays

Low A:
Bowling Green Hot Rods with Rays
Great Lakes Loons with Dodgers
Lansing Lugnuts with Blue Jays
Augusta Greenjackets with Giants
Savannah Sand Gnats with Mets

Short Season A:
Hudson Valley Renegades with Rays
Jamestown Jammers (moving to Morgantown) with Pirates
Lowell Spinners with Red Sox
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes with Giants

Rookie:
Bluefield Blue Jays with Blue Jays
Orem Owlz with Angels

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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