Winston-Salem Dash PDC

Another piece of information that I missed a few months ago was that the White Sox purchased a majority stake in the Winston-Salem Dash, keeping that affiliation stable for a long time. The associated 25 year lease was approved by the city.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Tennessee Smokies extend PDC with Cubs to 2018

The Tennessee Smokies have extended their player development contract with the Cubs to 2018.  It looks like there are 12 AA PDCs that are expiring this year.  I’m sure most will be renewed but there are interesting options in new stadiums in Biloxi in 2015 (replacing Huntsville) and Hartford (as the Rock Cats are likely moving ten miles) in 2016.  So two sites that wouldn’t get much attention before are being replaced with much more attractive facilities.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Akron RubberDucks PDC

It was pointed out to me that I missed the announcement that the Akron RubberDucks have their player development signed until 2016. I don’t understand why the powers that be don’t make this information readily available, but I guess I can’t complain because it’s what has you reading this right now.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Lynchburg Hillcats vs. Wilmington Blue Rocks – May 11, 2014

001I saw the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Lynchburg Hillcats in what was a very close game.  The Hillcats went up 4-0 after putting up runs in the 2nd, 3rd, and 4th innings.  The Blue Rocks came back with four of their own scoring in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings.  This was capped off by a home run by DH Mike Antonio making his debut with the Blue Rocks.  He was a 3rd round pick of the Royals in 2010, but this was his first game at the High A level.

I was able to see some pretty good prospects in the game as well.  The pitching matchup was Braves #19 prospect RHP Wes Parsons and the Royals #4 prospect LHP Sean Manaea.  Parsons looked good going 6 innings, striking out 9.  Manaea didn’t make it out of the 4th, giving up 4 runs.  The Hillcats lineup featured #4 prospect 2B Jose Peraza and #16 prospect CF Kyle Wren.  The Royals lineup included #2 prospect SS Raul Mondesi Jr., #6 prospect 3B Hunter Dozier and #16 prospect C Zane Evans.

I was able to get an autograph from Hillcats Manager Luis Salazar who played 13 years in the majors, mainly with the Padres and Cubs.  He was mainly a 3B, but played every position except for catcher over the course of his career (that’s right, 2 games in 1987 as a pitcher).

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Arkansas Travelers extend PDC with Angels to 2016

The Arkansas Travelers have extended their player development contract with the Angels to 2016.  Looks like the Angels are going down their list since this was announced two days after Salt Lake was extended.  I have to think that most West Coast teams would prefer the Texas League to the Southern or Eastern Leagues, so it had to be more important to the Angels to lock up one of the newer facilities in the league.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Salt Lake Bees extend PDC with Angels to 2016

The Salt Lake Bees have extended their player development contract with the Angels to 2016.  At the AAA level, most PDCs are pretty firm and will remain in place for a long time.  This one doesn’t have the geographic connection that most do, but these two have been together since 2001.

One interesting story that came up this weekend is the possibility of the Giants moving their AAA affiliate to Sacramento.  The Giants generally have a bigger following than the A’s, so I can see why it would be appealing to Sacramento.  If this were to happen, I have to expect the A’s to end up in Fresno.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Richmond Flying Squirrels vs. Trenton Thunder – May 4, 2014

001I was finally able to go to my first minor league baseball game in quite a while.  I managed to get to Trenton on a day that was supposed to be nice and sunny, but started out with drizzle and cold.  Richmond won the game, 5-3, behind a great performance by DH Mario Lisson.

I was excited for the pitching matchup as it featured the Giants #6 Prospect Ty Blach and the Yankees #12 Prospect Manny Banuelos (who missed last season due to Tommy John surgery).  Banuelos only went into the 4th inning since he is still coming back to form.

The game also featured Giants #10 Prospect Derek Law who came on in the 9th, throwing a perfect inning for the save.  The Yankees #1 Prospect Gary Sanchez was the Thunder’s catcher going 1 for 4 with a home run.

I was surprised to see Mario Lisson playing for Richmond since I remembered him playing for the Blue Rocks in 2007.  He was a Carolina League All-Star that year, but seems to have settled at the AA level as he hasn’t played too many games at AAA.  He showed me that he still has it as he went 2-2 with 2 home runs, 2 walks and a sacrifice fly accounting for 4 RBIs.

I was also able to add three autographs to my collection meeting Richmond Coaches Ross Grimsley and Jerry Cram, as well as Trenton Coach Orlando Mercado.  I previously got Grimsley’s autograph in 2010 when I went to a game in Richmond.  I really had no idea that Jerry Cram had a baseball card, but I’m glad that I checked and not only did he have a card, but I happened to have it on hand.

I’m planning on seeing the Wilmington Blue Rocks take on the Lynchburg Hillcats today.

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Hillsboro Hops extend PDC with Diamondbacks to 2016

The Hillsboro Hops have extended their player development contract with the Diamondbacks to 2016.  With the new stadium built last year, this isn’t a surprise.

It’s never too early to start conjecturing about PDC changes at the end of the year, so take a look at the change and let me know what you think could happen.

Here’s one to start with, there’s a good chance that the AAA affiliates of the Astros and Rangers are swapped this year.  So the Rangers would go to Oklahoma City and the Astros would go to Round Rock.  There’s talk that the Rangers would break their PDC to make this happen.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Birmingham Barons extend PDC with White Sox to 2018

The Birmingham Barons have extended their player development contract with the White Sox to 2018.  These two have been together since 1986.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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Mahoning Valley Scrappers extend PDC with Indians to 2016

The Mahoning Valley Scrappers have extended their player development contract with the Indians to 2016.  The Indians must have read my post yesterday about the NY-Penn League teams’ PDCs expiring.  Either that or they were waiting for tonight’s hot stove dinner.

http://minorleaguesource.com/pdc.html

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