MISSIONS EXTEND PLAYER DEVELOPMENT AGREEMENT WITH THE PADRES
May 4, 2012
San Antonio – The San Antonio Missions have signed a two-year player development agreement extension with the San Diego Padres. The extension will keep San Antonio as the Padres’ Double-A affiliate thru the 2014 season.
The Missions have been affiliated with San Diego since the 2007 season and they have compiled a 380-319 record, with four playoff appearances and two Texas League championships (2007 and 2011) in those five years.
Randy Smith, the Padres Vice-President of Player Development and International Scouting said, “The San Diego Padres are very happy to extend our working relationship with the San Antonio Missions. They have been a great partner for us and we look forward to continued success.”
Of the current players on the Padres current active roster, seven were originally signed by San Diego and advanced to the Major Leagues through San Antonio: Anthony Bass, Chase Headley, Nick Hundley, Andy Parrino, Josh Spence, Blake Tekotte and Will Venable.
“We are very excited to renew our partnership with the Padres,” said Missions President Burl Yarbrough. “The future looks bright with the quality of San Diego’s farm system we look forward to a great relationship for years to come.”
Four of San Diego’s six Minor League affiliates made the post-season in 2011 with two of them winning their respective league titles (San Antonio and Class-A Lake Elsinore in the California League).
Prior to the 2012 season San Diego was rated as having the best farm system in all of Minor League baseball by ESPN.com and they will have four of the first 60 draft picks in this June’s Major League Draft.