Another very noteworthy PDC shift: the Albuquerque Isotopes (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and the Colorado Rockies announced a new four-year player development contract, through 2018.
“The Rockies are a class organization and are a natural geographic fit for us,” Isotopes President Ken Young said in a press release. “We have known them for several years and think quite highly of the people with whom we will be working. Denver is a short flight or a quick drive from Albuquerque, and our fans will easily be able to travel to see our Major League club. The Rockies will have a big presence in Albuquerque and we look forward to helping them establish their brand in this market.”
The Rockies were represented at the press conference by Executive Vice President/General Manager Dan O’Dowd, Senior Director of Player Development Jeff Bridich, and Assistant Director of Player Development Zach Wilson.
“We are thrilled to solidify our relationship with the Albuquerque Isotopes, the Albuquerque community and their baseball fans,” said Bridich. “From a development perspective, we are excited that our players will train and play in a first-class facility that is managed by a group of first-class people who are committed to providing a great experience for our players.”
The Isotopes had been the affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers, who decided to invest in and become a parent to the Oklahoma City RedHawks (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). The Rockies are coming off a long-term affiliation with the Colorado Springs Sky Sox (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League). It’s been a big day for the Rockies: earlier today the team signed a new player development contract with the New Britain Rock Cats (Class AA; Eastern League).
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