The Pittsburgh Pirates and their short-season New York-Penn League affiliate in Morgantown, extended their Player Development Contract through the 2020 season.

The Black Bears have been affiliated with the Pirates since 2015, which was Morgantown’s first season in the New York-Penn League.

Larry Broadway, the Pirates Director of Minor League Development, had this to say about the PDC extension in a press release:

“We couldn’t be more excited to extend our relationship and partnership with the Black Bears and the greater Morgantown area,” said Broadway. “It’s such a great fit for us as an organization to be so close to Pittsburgh while also providing top rate facilities and operations. The fans are Pirate fans and it¹s a great way for them to get connected with the next wave of Buccos at the ground floor. We look forward to this partnership continuing for years to come.”

The Pirates now have deals through 2020 with Indianapolis and Morgantown, and through 2022 with Altoona. They are only signed with the West Virginia Power through the end of this season. The affiliates in Bradenton, Bristol, the GCL and two DSL teams are all owned by the Pirates and do not have Player Development Contracts.

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