The Tampa Bay Rays and the Bowling Green Hot Rods have agreed on a contract extension that’ll run through the 2020 season.
The Hot Rods have served as the Rays Single-A team since 2009, when they made the jump from the independent circuit to a major league affiliation.
Fun fact: the Rays new third base coach, Matt Quatraro, was the first manager of the Hot Rods during the 2009 season.
Almost all of the Rays draft picks will go through Bowling Green at some point in their professional career as it their first true test of full season professional baseball. A couple of Rays prospects made that leap this past season with great success with the most notable being their minor league player of the year, Jesus Sanchez.
"We truly value our relationship with the Bowling Green Hot Rods organization and are looking forwarding to continue to develop our players in Bowling Green for the next three seasons. We not only thank the Hot Rods ownership and Front office staff, but also the city of Bowling Green and their fans for giving our players a great environment to develop their skills."
The contract extension is the second to be announced by the Rays this off-season as they had already announced an extension with their Rookie-Level affiliate, the Princeton Rays, also through the year 2020.