Red Sox extend player development contract with Greenville Drive through 2020

BOSTON, MA -- The Boston Red Sox and Greenville (SC) Drive today announced the extension of their Player Development Contract (PDC) for an additional four years. The extension keeps the Red Sox South Atlantic League Single-A affiliate in Greenville through the 2020 season. 

Red Sox Director of Player Development Ben Crockett and Drive Owner/President Craig Brown made the announcement.

The Red Sox originally entered into an agreement with the Drive when the franchise moved from Columbia, SC to Greenville for the 2005 season. The PDC had since been extended three times, most recently for four years through 2016 prior to the 2012 season.

This season begins the Drive's second decade of baseball in Greenville. Alumni who have recently appeared in the majors with the Red Sox include Matt Barnes, Mookie Betts, Xander Bogaerts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Clay Buchholz, Brian Johnson, Henry Owens, Noe Ramirez, Travis Shaw, Blake Swihart, Christian Vazquez, and Brandon Workman. Greenville's Fluor Field at the West End, which opened in 2006, is modeled after Fenway Park.

Greenville is one of Boston's six domestic minor league affiliates, joining Triple-A Pawtucket (International League), Double-A Portland (Eastern League), High-A Salem (Carolina League), Short-A Lowell (New York-Penn League) and Rookie Gulf Coast Red Sox (Gulf Coast League).

Red Sox Senior Vice President/General Manager Mike Hazen is scheduled as the featured guest at the annual Greenville Drive Hot Stove Event tonight at the at the ONE Building in Greenville.