Aug 29, 2014, 3:00 PM EDT
One day after reaching a contract extension with their New York-Penn League affiliate, the Nationals announced a new deal with Single-A Hagerstown that will maintain the partnership between both clubs through 2016.
The Suns became a Nats affiliate in 2007 and have since helped develop MLB stars such as Bryce Harper, Stephen Strasburg and Jordan Zimmermann.
“We are happy to extend our Player Development Contract with the Hagerstown Suns, continuing our seven-plus year relationship with them,” general manager Mike Rizzo said.
“Some of the organization’s brightest talents have spent significant time learning the game with Hagerstown, before advancing further through our system. We’re glad to continue our working relationship.”
Since joining the Nationals organization, Hagerstown has gone 530-501 (.514) overall. This year they featured prospects Lucas Giolito, Jake Johansen and Drew Ward.
Just 70 miles north of Washington, D.C., Hagerstown often hosts Nationals players on minor league rehab assignments. This year alone they had Denard Span, Wilson Ramos and Steven Souza, Jr.
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