Minor League Baseball has announced that it is expanding its community outreach partnership with Sunrun, as more teams are participating in the initiative.
Sunrun, the “Preferred Residential Solar Power Provider of Minor League Baseball,” has added the Inland Empire 66ers (High A; California League) and the Sacramento River Cats (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) to its existing multi-year strategic sponsorship with Minor League Baseball, which was inked in 2016.
The 66ers and River Cats join a list of clubs in all classifications of MiLB to support Sunrun’s campaign to educate fans on the financial and environmental benefits of Sunrun solar. The campaign aims to raise awareness of the Sunrun brand, showcasing that it can provide homeowners access to technology that enables energy generation, storage and management.
“After a successful campaign last season and reaching millions of fans, Minor League Baseball and Sunrun are enhancing our collective efforts to share information about the benefits of going solar,” said David Wright, Minor League Baseball’s chief marketing & commercial officer. “Our fans care about the environment; we are confident our partnership with Sunrun will encourage even more individuals to consider using the sun to power their homes.”
In addition to the partnership expansion, Sunrun today unveiled its ‘The Future is Bright’ lineup for the 2017 season. The list, compiled by participating clubs, highlights top prospects in 16 MiLB markets. Several players from the 2016 list earned playing time in Major League Baseball® last season.
“As a leader in residential solar, storage and energy management, we are sharply focused on saving homeowners money while dramatically reducing the amount of air pollution in the communities we serve. The partnership with MiLB enables us to jointly educate fans on the environmental and cost benefits of going solar,” said Michael Grasso, chief marketing officer at Sunrun. “Additionally, last season, we were excited to see a few of ‘The Future is Bright’ players getting called up to the Major Leagues. We expect another great season of baseball for the teams and fans in the communities we serve.”
Sunrun’s 2017 ‘The Future is Bright’ lineup includes:
- A.J. Puk, Stockton Ports
- Bryan Reynolds, San Jose Giants
- Cal Quantrill, Lake Elsinore Storm
- Cedric Mullins, Bowie Baysox
- Derek Fisher, Fresno Grizzlies
- Desmond Lindsay, Columbia Fireflies
- Gleyber Torres, Trenton Thunder
- Justin Donatella, Visalia Rawhide
- Matt Thaiss, Inland Empire 66ers
- Mickey Moniak, Lakewood BlueClaws
- Nick Neidert, Modesto Nuts
- Peter Lambert, Lancaster JetHawks
- Tyler Beede, Sacramento River Cats
- Walker Buehler, Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
- Player TBD, Aberdeen IronBirds*
- Player TBD, Lowell Spinners*
*The Aberdeen IronBirds and Lowell Spinners are Short Season teams who begin play in June, and their rosters have not been designated by their Major League affiliates. The two additional players will be named at a later date.