The Beloit Snappers have signed a new two-year player development contract with the Oakland Athletics, leaving the Arizona Diamondbacks for the Kane County Cougars.
The Snappers were affiliated with the A’s the past two seasons. Their new PDC runs through the 2016 season.
Now the Kane County Cougars are the only unaffiliated team left in the Midwest League, but it’s a foregone conclusion they will hook up with the Diamondbacks because Arizona is the only MLB team left without a Class A team at the MWL’s level. [UPDATE: After I wrote this post, the Cougars made it official that they signed a PDC with the Diamondbacks. It runs through the 2016 season.] The Cougars were affiliated with the Chicago Cubs the past two seasons, but the Cubs signed a four-year PDC with South Bend last week. That displaced the Diamondbacks, who were affiliated with the Silver Hawks since 1997.
The rest of the Midwest League affiliations are: Bowling Green Hot Rods (Tampa Bay Rays), Burlington Bees (Los Angeles Angels), Cedar Rapids Kernels (Minnesota Twins), Clinton LumberKings (Seattle Mariners), Dayton Dragons (Cincinnati Reds), Fort Wayne TinCaps (San Diego Padres), Great Lakes Loons (Los Angeles Dodgers), Lake County Captains (Cleveland Indians), Lansing Lugnuts (Toronto Blue Jays), Peoria Chiefs (St. Louis Cardinals), Quad Cities River Bandits (Houston Astros), West Michigan Whitecaps (Detroit Tigers) and Wisconsin Timber Rattlers (Milwaukee Brewers).