The Indianapolis Indians (Class AAA; International League) and the Pittsburgh Pirates extended their player-development contract (PDC) for two more seasons, through 2016.
“The Pirates leadership team of President Frank Coonelly, General Manager Neal Huntington, Assistant General Manager Kyle Stark and Director of Minor League Operations Larry Broadway has provided excellent leadership for the organization,” said Indians Vice President & General Manager Cal Burleson. “Indians Manager Dean Treanor and his outstanding coaching staff have been great to work with and our players have performed extremely well. It has been exciting to see the Pirates become strong contenders for the postseason with former Indians like Andrew McCutchen, Pedro Alvarez, Starling Marte, Neil Walker, Tony Sanchez, Jordy Mercer, Gerrit Cole and many others playing such an important role.”
“We are looking forward to continuing our strong partnership with the Indianapolis Indians and the city of Indianapolis,” Coonelly said. “Indianapolis is a Major League city and Victory Field is a great facility for our players to call home.”
“We could not be more pleased to be able to continue to develop our players in Indianapolis,” Broadway said. “The Indians are a first-class organization with an outstanding leadership team, Major League facilities and a passionate fan base.”
It’s been a good partnership: Since the Indians began their affiliation with the Pirates in 2005, they have posted a 668-604 regular-season record as of August 12, including a 352-289 mark at Victory Field. Indianapolis also currently holds a 10-game lead in the International League West Division, and with a playoff berth this season, the Tribe will have reached the postseason in four of the nine years of affiliation with Pittsburgh.
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