The Nationals have re-upped to sign a new deal with the Single-A Hagerstown Suns, the team announced on Tuesday. The Nats and Suns will continue their player development pact through the 2018 season.
Hagerstown has been an affiliate of the Nats since 2007. Some of their best players have made stops there including Bryce Harper and Stephen Strasburg.
"We are pleased to extend our Player Development Contract with the Hagerstown Suns, a relationship we have had now for nine-plus years," GM Mike Rizzo said in a press release. "The Suns play an integral role in developing the next wave of talent to advance through our system. Some of our best players have spent time learning how to play the game the 'Nationals Way' while in Hagerstown. We're glad to continue our working relationship with them."
"Hagerstown has been a tremendous partner of ours," assistant GM Doug Harris said. "From being Bryce Harper's first professional home, to helping players like Wilmer Difo flourish, to raising the current wave of young talent impacting our organization at the big-league level, our relationship with the Suns has played a large role in our overall success."
"The Hagerstown Suns franchise has been a great partner for our minor league players and staff over the past ten seasons and we are excited to extend our commitment for the foreseeable future", said director of player development Mark Scialabba.
Hagerstown plays in the Low-A South Atlantic League. Before joining the Nats organization, they were a Mets affilliate in 2005 and 2006. Before that it was the Giants (2001-04), Blue Jays (1993-00) and Orioles (1982-92). Redskins general manager Scot McCloughan played two years for them as a prospect of the Blue Jays.
The Nats have another Single-A affiliate in the Potomac Nationals. Their Double-A squad is the Harrisburg Senators and their Triple-A club the Syracuse Chiefs.
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