The D-Backs had been affiliated with the Mobile BayBears (Class AA; Southern League).
“We are very excited about this partnership with the Diamondbacks and what the future has in store for baseball in Jackson,” said Generals General Manager Jason Compton. “Arizona has consistently brought some of baseball’s top prospects through the Southern League, and the organization is also committed to being a staple in the community. Our fans have a lot to look forward to.”
The Arizona Diamondbacks have been in the National League West since their inception, winning five division titles and a World Series in 2001. Arizona’s title came one year after the franchise in Jackson won its first championship as the West Tenn Diamond Jaxx in 2000. A number of current Major League stars have come through the Southern League as Diamondbacks’ prospects, headlined by slugger Paul Goldschmidt and Nationals’ ace Max Scherzer.
“I speak on behalf of the entire Diamondbacks organization when I say we are ecstatic for our new partnership with the Jackson Generals. It did not take long to figure out we were a perfect match,” Diamondbacks Director of Player Development Mike Bell said. “We have the same priorities: community, character in people and players, and, of course, winning. We are excited to continue the Generals’ winning tradition and look forward to immersing ourselves in the great Jackson community.”