Another affiliation deal to announce: the Vancouver Canadians (short season A; Northwest League) and the Toronto Blue Jays extended their player development contract (PDC) for two more seasons, through 2018.
“We have seen a number of Toronto’s top prospects over the years and we look forward to further helping in their development,” said Jake Kerr, Managing General Partner, Vancouver Canadians. “The Canadians’ relationship with the Blue Jays remains as strong as ever and we appreciate the quality of young men they have sent to represent our city and organization.”
In 2015, the Vancouver Canadians set a franchise attendance record of 215,595 fans out to historic Scotiabank Field at Nat Bailey Stadium.
“The Canadians provide a great culture for our young athletes to develop, as both people and baseball players. We look forward to working with the Canadians for many years to come,” added Toronto Blue Jays Executive Vice President, Baseball Operations and General Manager Ross Atkins.
The Vancouver Canadians affiliation with the Toronto Blue Jays began in 2011, leading to four straight North Division pennants and three consecutive Northwest League Championships (2011-2013). The Blue Jays captured the 2015 American League East pennant with seven (7) former Vancouver Canadians.