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.
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.
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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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
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.
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.