Reds, Louisville sign extension
During a press conference to formally introduce new manager Delino DeShields, the Reds and Triple-A Louisville revealed Wednesday that they agreed to a two-year extension of their player development contract. The original affiliate agreement was to end following the 2016 season.
Louisville and the Reds have been partnered since the 2000 season. The Bats play their games at Louisville Slugger Field in the city’s downtown.
Only about 90 minutes south of Cincinnati, Louisville has been a pretty good situation for the Reds to get players when someone is needed to be called up in a pinch. It’s also been the last rung of development for many of the team’s stars including Joey Votto, Jay Bruce, Homer Bailey, Todd Frazier, Devin Mesoraco and Billy Hamilton.