The Mahoning Valley Scrappers (short season A; NY-Penn League) and the Cleveland Indians renewed their player development contract through the 2016 season.
The Scrappers have been affiliated with the Indians since their inaugural season in 1999.
“We are thrilled to continue our great relationship with the Cleveland Indians and look forward to working together to produce a quality product both on and off the field,” said HWS Baseball Vice President and Scrappers General Manager Jordan Taylor. “The Indians continue to show a commitment to building a strong farm system, giving local fans the opportunity to see future major league talent.”
“We are excited to extend our relationship with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers and the community of Niles,” said Cleveland Indians Assistant Director of Player Development Carter Hawkins. “HWS Baseball and the Scrappers provide our players with the support and resources to develop into winning Major Leaguers, while the community and fans create an environment that prepares our players to play just an hour down the road in Cleveland. We look forward to the continued relationship and to many more cornerstone Cleveland Indians starting their careers in Mahoning Valley.”
Sixty-four former Scrappers have played in the major leagues, sixteen of which are currently on MLB rosters including CC Sabathia, Victor Martinez and Jason Kipnis. Nine former Scrappers are on the Indians’ 40-man roster, including Cody Allen, Lonnie Chisenhall, Preston Guilmet, Jason Kipnis, Erik Gonzalez, Jesus Aguilar, Vinnie Pestano, Jose Ramirez and Josh Tomlin.
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