The Bowling Green Hot Rods and the Tampa Bay Rays extended their player-development contract through the 2020 season, the teams announced Wednesday.
The Hot Rods have been affiliated with the Rays since their inaugural season in 2009, when they were a South Atlantic League club. The team moved to the Midwest League the following year.
(Bowling Green’s first manager, Matt Quatraro, was in the news this week as he returned to the Rays as their third-base coach at the major-league level. He led the Hot Rods to a 64-74 record in 2009.)
Thirty-one former Hot Rods players have reached the major leagues. Two of them — LHP Matt Moore (2009 Hot Rods) and RHP Alex Colome (2010 Hot Rods) — have played in an MLB All-Star Game. Two-time Gold Glove Award-winner Kevin Kiermaier, who patrols center field for the Rays, played for the Hot Rods in 2011.