The Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Low A; Midwest League) and Milwaukee Brewers have extended their player development contract (PDC), which now runs through the 2022 season. The PDC between the two clubs was previously set to run through 2020, so this is the result of a two-extension of that agreement.
“The past ten seasons of the partnership between the Wisconsin Timber Rattlers and Milwaukee Brewers has been amazing for baseball in Northeastern Wisconsin,” said team president Rob Zerjav. “This extension is a great way for us to begin celebrating our 25th anniversary season.”
The two-year extension was the longest extension the teams could sign under the current rules of the National Association of Professional Baseball Leagues.
The Brewers first became the parent club of the Timber Rattlers on September 23, 2008 when the partnership was announced in an on-field ceremony at Neuroscience Group Field at Fox Cities Stadium.
The Timber Rattlers won the Midwest League Championship in 2012, which was their first since they were known as the Appleton Foxes in 1984.
In the first ten seasons of the partnership between the teams, forty Wisconsin Timber Rattlers have moved onto the Major Leagues. Twenty players who have played for the Milwaukee Brewers team during the 2018 season spent time with the Timber Rattlers. That number includes ten who made rehabilitation appearances over the last few years.
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, we’re now at the point where MLB and MiLB teams can search for new affiliation options, so there’s always a shuffle of sorts at the end of the season.