Brewers Extend Affiliation With Brevard County Manatees
By Brevard County Manatees // June 30, 2012
Contract Runs Through 2014
BREVARD COUNTY • VIERA, FLORIDA – The Milwaukee Brewers have announced that they are extending their player development contract with the Brevard County Manatees of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League through the 2014 season.
“General Manager Kyle Smith and his front office have made the Manatees a great stepping stone for our Major League hopefuls,” said Reid Nichols, Brewers Special Assistant to the General Manager/Director of Player Development/Training Center. “This is a working relationship that we hope to continue for many years.”
The Manatees are owned and operated by Central Florida Baseball Group, LLC.
Brevard County has had a player development contract with Milwaukee since 2005 and plays home games at Space Coast Stadium in Viera.
Previously, the Manatees were affiliated with the Florida Marlins from 1994 to 2001 and the Montreal Expos from 2002 to 2004.
“The Manatees are very pleased to continue their PDC with a first class organization like the Milwaukee Brewers,” said Brevard County Manatees General Manager Kyle Smith. “The way the Brewers’ front office treats their players, coaches and affiliates is unparalleled.”
A total of 27 players have made a stop at Brevard County on their way to up through the Brewers’ minor league ranks before reaching the Major Leagues with the Brewers.
Seven of those players – RHP John Axford (2008-09), RHP Tim Dillard (2005), RHP Yovani Gallardo (2006), 1B Mat Gamel (2007, 2010), C Jonathan Lucroy (2008), LHP Manny Parra (2006) and 2011 National League MVP LF Ryan Braun (2006) – were on Milwaukee’s 2012 Opening Day roster.
For more information about the Brevard County Manatees, call 321-633-9200 or visit http://www.milb.com/index.jsp?sid=t503 (ManateesBaseball.com).