The Pittsburgh Pirates have officially signed a two year deal with the Jamestown Jammers, per a team press release. We had heard yesterday that the two sides agreed to a deal, one day after the Pirates and State College Spikes ended their relationship.

The deal is signed through the 2014 season. Jamestown has already put in a request to transfer to a new location, so it could be possible that the team moves to Morgantown during that two year stretch.

For those that don’t know, Jamestown plays in the New York-Penn League, which is short-season A-ball. That’s the level below West Virginia, and one level above the GCL Pirates. If the team eventually moves to Morgantown, that would put the two low-A affiliates much closer together, as Morgantown is only two and a half hours from Charleston, where West Virginia plays.

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  1. I went up there once last year to jamestown…it was bad, run down field..looked like a bad division 3 college…the area was weird as well..they cant build that stadium in morgantown soon enough..i think it would also be benefical for the new team there to generate interest with the pirates name behind it….

  2. I see they’re still in the NY-Penn League, but is it Jamestown, VA? I imagine Jamestown is a fairly popular town/city name but I’ve only heard of the town in VA.

  3. How would this affect Pirates prospects playing at this level? Do guys who are current members of SC Spikes now become part of Jamestown?

    • Any players who would have been sent to State College will now play in Jamestown.

      Minor league affiliates are a bit of a different concept. They’re owned by individuals and have deals with the leagues. MLB teams agree to deals with those affiliates. The MLB teams provide the players, and the minor league affiliates provide the team and the stadium. So essentially what has happened is the Pirates have moved their short season A-ball team from State College to Jamestown.

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