We have the last affiliation changes at the Triple-A level, with the Houston Astros signing with Fresno Grizzlies and the Milwaukee Brewers going by default to the Colorado Springs Sky Sox.
The two Pacific Coast League teams were the last two teams standing, as the San Francisco Giants — Fresno’s old parent — signed a new deal with the Sacramento River Cats and the Colorado Rockies — Colorado Springs’ old parent — signing a new player development contract (PDC) with the Albuquerque Isotopes.
It’s not hard to see the Fresno stop is temporary for the Astros. The Round Rock Express will have an open affiliation contract in 2018, and unless something dramatic happens — like Jim Crane acquiring a Triple-A team for the Houston area — we should see the Astros shift to the Ryan-Sanders Baseball-owned Express even before that.
We’re thrilled to reach an agreement with the @astros. Be ready to see the No. 1 farm system play at Chukchansi Park. Press release coming.
— Fresno Grizzlies (@FresnoGrizzlies) September 18, 2014
Here’s a look at the current affiliate status in Minor League Baseball.
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