“The Potomac Nationals are delighted to renew our player development contract with the Washington Nationals through the 2020 season,” said Potomac Nationals Chairman/CEO Art Silber.
“The renewal of our franchise’s longtime invaluable partnership with the Washington Nationals signifies that both of our clubs will continue to benefit and prosper from our player development agreement moving forward,” said Silber. “It has been our pleasure and privilege to work with the Washington Nationals as a valued member of their Minor League system, and we take great pride in playing a role in the process of developing Washington’s prospects into Big Leaguers.”
“Potomac and Hagerstown are tremendous assets to our player development system,” said Washington Nationals General Manager Mike Rizzo. “Their dedication to helping produce Major Leaguers and their assistance in rehabbing our injured players is second to none. We are happy to be able to continue working with each respective organization.”
With the announcement, the partnership between Potomac and Washington will push past 15 years by the end of the 2020 season, with many pieces of the current Washington roster having played in Potomac in route to the nation’s capital. Since Washington made the move to The District of Columbia in 2005, 81 Potomac Nationals have graduated to the Major Leagues. The past two Potomac teams (2017/2018) have seen four different players make their way to the Majors.
You can read more about the current state of affiliations on our Affiliate Dance page. We expect a number of player development contracts to be renewed in the coming week, but there are always intriguing openings at every level of baseball. As you can see on the Affiliate Dance page, MLB and MiLB teams can renew their existing affiliations at any point through this coming weekend. After that, teams can file to search new affiliation options, so there’s always a shuffle of sorts at the end of the year.