A's Extend Player Development Contract with Vermont through 2018

The Oakland A's extended their Player Development Contract with the Vermont Lake Monsters of the New York-Penn League through 2018, the club announced today. Vermont is the A's short-season Single-A affiliate. The relationship began in 2011 and produced a division title that season.

"We are pleased to extend our partnership with the Vermont Lake Monsters. A number of our organization's most talented players have thrived during their time with the Lake Monsters before advancing through our system," said A's General Manager David Forst. "Over the past six seasons, we've enjoyed a great working relationship with Ray Pecor, Kyle Bostwick, and the entire Lake Monsters organization, as well as with the City of Burlington. We look forward to future success."

"The Oakland Athletics have been great partners, both on and off the field," said Vermont Lake Monsters Vice President Kyle Bostwick. "We are excited to continue to work together to help develop ballplayers into future Major Leaguers."

The A's have five players on the 40-man roster that played for the Lake Monsters on their journey to the majors: Ryan Dull (2012), Ryon Healy (2013), Bruce Maxwell (2013), Dillon Overton (2015), and Jake Smolinski (as a member of the Nationals organization in 2008).