Earlier in the year, ESPN’s senior baseball writer Keith Law ranked the Padres farm system as the best in the business. Recently, the Padres took a major step to solidify the best farm system by reaching a two-year player development extension with the San Antonio Missions.
The agreement is set to make the Missions the Padres’ Double-A affiliate through the 2014 season.
“The San Diego Padres are very happy to extend our working relationship with the San Antonio Missions,” said Randy Smith, the Padres’ vice president of player development and international scouting. “They have been a great partner for us and we look forward to continued success.”
The Missions have been affiliated with the Padres since the 2007 season. In those five years, the Missions notched two Texas League championships (2007, 2011) and reached the playoffs four times, compiling a 383- 321 record.
The Missions have produced seven homegrown Padres on the current roster: Pitchers Anthony Bass, Miles Mikolas, and Josh Spence; third-baseman Chase Headley; catcher Nick Hundley; infielder Andy Parrino and outfielder Will Venable.
In a press release, Missions President Burl Yarbrough said his organization is excited to “renew our partnership with the Padres.”
He added, “The future looks bright with the quality of San Diego’s farm system we look forward to a great relationship for years to come.”