The Washington Nationals and Hagerstown Suns Extend Player Development Contract

By Jordan Nicewarner | August 16, 2016 10:04 AM ET

HAGERSTOWN, MD - The Washington Nationals and Hagerstown Suns are proud to announce a two year extension to their Player Development Contract through 2018.


Over the last 10 years, Hagerstown has been home to a number of current major league players. Some notable names are: Bryce Harper, Lucas Giolito, Raynaldo Lopez, Steven Souza Jr., Billy Burns, Michael A. Taylor and Wilmer Difo.


"We are pleased to extend our Player Development Contract with the Hagerstown Suns, a relationship we have had now for nine-plus years," Mike Rizzo, President of Baseball Operations & GM, said. "The Suns play an integral role in developing the next wave of talent to advance through our system. Some of our best players have spent time learning how to play the game the 'Nationals Way' while in Hagerstown. We're glad to continue our working relationship with them."


"Hagerstown has been a tremendous partner of ours," Doug Harris, Assistant General Manager & VP of Player Development, added. "From being Bryce Harper's first professional home, to helping players like Wilmer Difo flourish, to raising the current wave of young talent impacting our organization at the big-league level, our relationship with the Suns has played a large role in our overall success."


"The Hagerstown Suns franchise has been a great partner for our minor league players and staff over the past ten seasons and we are excited to extend our commitment for the foreseeable future", said Washington Nationals Director of Player Development, Mark Scialabba.


Suns General Manager, Travis Painter said, "We are very pleased with our partnership with the Washington Nationals. We look forward to continuing our relationship for years to come."


The Hagerstown Suns are proud and excited to start another decade with the Washington Nationals and continue a partnership that has proven to be strong. The Suns are happy for this relationship to continue through the 2018 season.


NEXT HOMESTAND: The Delmarva Shorebirds and the Greensboro Grasshoppers come to Municipal Stadium the 23rd through the 28th for the last homestand of the regular season. During this final regular season homestand, it is Fan Appreciation Weekend and our Fan's Choice Bobblehead give away! Also, be on the lookout for our 2017 magnet schedule giveaway! For Advanced ticket purchase or for more information call 301-791-6266or go to

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