A’s, Snappers agree to extension through 2020
The Oakland Athletics announced on Friday, Sept. 21 that they would be continuing their Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Class A Beloit Snappers. The two-year agreement guarantees that the Snappers will remain affiliated with the A’s through 2020.
“We’re very happy to extend our working agreement with Single-A Beloit,” Athletics general manager David Forst said. “It has been a pleasure working with [Snappers president] Dennis [Conerton] and his staff for the past six years and we’re glad that the next generation of A’s will continue to pass through Beloit on their way to Oakland.”
This news comes on the heels of the Snappers signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Minor League Baseball, potentially keeping the franchise in Beloit beyond 2020 and outlining plans for a new ballpark in downtown Beloit.
“We are very pleased to continue this relationship with the Athletics,” Conerton said. “They are great to work with, and we look forward to hopefully many more playoff runs with them.”
Major league teams sign two-to-four year agreements known as PDCs with minor league franchises. As such, it is typical to see minor league teams either renew their contracts or swap affiliations during the offseasons of even years. So far this offseason, Oakland has relocated its Triple-A affiliate to the Las Vegas 51s, who had previously been affiliated with the New York Mets since 2013. The contract with Las Vegas extends through 2020. This concludes the Athletics’ Triple-A tenure with the Nashville Sounds, with whom they had been affiliated since 2015.
Elsewhere within their minor league system, the A’s remain affiliated with the Short-Season A Vermont Lake Monsters and Class A-Advanced Stockton Ports, each through 2020. Oakland has yet to make a decision regarding whether it will extend the Double-A Midland Rockhounds or switch Double-A affiliates.
The Athletics have been affiliated with the Snappers since 2013, following the Milwaukee Brewers (1982-2004) and Minnesota Twins (2005-2012).
Oakland’s affiliation with the Snappers has thus far been successful, as several former Snappers – including first baseman Matt Olson, third baseman Matt Chapman, catcher Bruce Maxwell, and right-handed pitchers Raul Alcantara, Ryan Dull and Daniel Gossett – have reached the majors within the past few years.
Chapman and Olson have been integral parts of the Athletics’ pennant chase this season. Oakland currently sits at a stellar 94-61, second to the Houston Astros in the American League West Division. With just over a week left in the regular season, the A’s are battling with the New York Yankees for home-field advantage in the American League Wild Card game.
Several other former Snappers since 2013 – such as infielder Yairo Munoz (Cardinals), left-handed pitcher Jose Torres (Padres), and right-handed pitchers Heath Fillmyer (Royals) and Brett Graves (Marlins) – have found their way to the big leagues with other organizations.
This year was among the Snappers’ most successful since the onset of their affiliation with Oakland. Led by top Athletics prospects such as Lazaro Armenteros and Austin Beck, Beloit reached the Midwest League playoffs for the first time since 2013.