Rays Extend Player Development Contract with Stone CrabsAugust 28, 2012 - Florida State League (FSL) - Charlotte Stone Crabs
The Stone Crabs have served as the High-A affiliate for the Rays since the team was first announced after the 2008 season. Charlotte has twice reached the playoffs in its four years in the FSL, advancing to the League Championship Series in both 2009 and 2010.
"We are excited to continue our partnership with the Tampa Bay Rays," said Stone Crabs General Manager Corey Brandt. "The relationship has been great for the development of future Major Leaguers and our community."
Charlotte has helped produce a number of Major League talents. Pitchers Alex Cobb, Jake McGee and Matt Moore all serve as key pieces for the Rays, while catcher Stephen Vogt also made his debut with Tampa Bay earlier this season. Pitcher Darin Downs, who won the FSL ERA title in the inaugural season of 2009, is currently pitching in relief for the Detroit Tigers.
"We are very pleased to extend our relationship with the Stone Crabs," said Rays Director of Minor League Operations Mitch Lukevics. "Since our affiliation began four years ago, they have been great partners in the development of our players."
The Stone Crabs have just four regular season home games remaining. For more information, please visit StoneCrabsBaseball.com or call 941-206-HITS.
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