Aug 28, 2014, 1:20 PM EST
The Nationals announced on Thursday a player development contract extension with their Class A New York-Penn League affiliate, the Auburn Doubledays, a deal that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016.
The short season Doubledays have been a part of the Nationals since 2010.
“We are proud to continue our association with the Auburn Doubledays,” general manager Mike Rizzo said in a press release.
“They have been a quality partner of ours for several years now and we look forward to our ongoing partnership.”
Assistant general manager Doug Harris also released a statement on the deal:
“Auburn has been a great place for us to send our players, many of them fresh out of high school or college and just beginning their professional careers,” Harris said. “We are thrilled to continue sending many of our young players there.”
Auburn is often the first stop for many Nationals prospects in their track through the organization. Lucas Giolito, Anthony Rendon and Jake Johansen are examples of former Doubledays.
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