Pelicans-Cubs partnership pact extended through 2020

pel-nullThe Myrtle Beach Pelicans and Chicago Cubs have signed a four-year extension of their Player Development Contract. The agreement will keep the Pelicans as the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Cubs through the 2020 season.

“We’re thrilled to extend our affiliation with the Cubs for four more years and continue our partnership with one of the most beloved and historic franchises in all of sports,” said Pelicans’ Chairman & Managing Partner Chuck Greenberg. “We’re grateful that the Cubs have welcomed the Pelicans and the city of Myrtle Beach into their family and the player development staff, coaches and players that we’ve worked with on a daily basis the past two seasons have gone above and beyond to embrace our community and our great fans.”

In their first year of a new affiliation with the Cubs in 2015, Myrtle Beach won the Carolina League championship, the franchise’s first title since the 2000 season. In addition, the Pelicans began the 2016 campaign with two of Chicago’s then-top three prospects in infielders Ian Happ and Gleyber Torres. Backed by the strong Cubs organization, which ESPN rated as the No. 4 farm system in baseball prior to the season, Myrtle Beach will be making its sixth consecutive trip to the postseason in September, the longest run of any franchise in the Carolina League.

“Myrtle Beach has been a great partner the past two seasons and we are pleased to extend our relationship with the organization,” said Cubs Senior Vice President of Scouting and Player Development Jason McLeod. “Led by Chuck Greenberg and Andy Milovich, the Myrtle Beach front office has provided a very positive experience for our Single-A players both at the ballpark and in the community. We wish them the best of luck as they head into the postseason and aim for their second-straight Carolina League title.”

Pelicans from the 2015 and 2016 seasons currently make up five of the top eight and 12 of the top 30 prospects in the Chicago Cubs organization, according to MLB.com. In addition, left-handed pitcher Gerardo Concepcion and infielder Jeimer Candelario became the first players in club history this summer to rise through the organization as Cubs farmhands and make their major league debut with Chicago.

“Our partnership with the Chicago Cubs has been incredible in every respect,” Pelicans President/General Manager Andy Milovich said. “Their commitment to player development on and off the field is unparalleled. It’s an incredible organization and an exciting time to be a member of the Cubs family.”

Three players on the Cubs’ major league roster – outfielder Jason Heyward and right-handed pitchers Kyle Hendricks and Justin Grimm – played with Myrtle Beach on their way up to The Show before making their major league debuts. Outfielders Jorge Soler and Chris Denorfia also completed rehab assignments with the Pelicans in 2015.

“The community has truly embraced the Cubs affiliation,” Milovich said. “The volume of fans in Cubs gear at TicketReturn.Com Field has been overwhelming. The Chicago Cubs and Myrtle Beach are an incredible combination and it’s humbling to play a role in such a great partnership in an amazing community like Myrtle Beach.”

The Pelicans clinched the Southern Division’s second-half playoff spot Wednesday at Carolina. Playoff ticket packages are now available by calling (843) 9018-6000 or by visiting www.MyrtleBeachPelicans.com. Myrtle Beach completes its regular season home slate by beginning a three-game series Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. against the Lynchburg Hillcats.

Photo by Larry Kave/MB Pelicans

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournament

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournamentA two hour and five minute-lightning delay nor two Appalachian [more]

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrage

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrageSimilar to the two teams' first meeting back on March [more]

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach

Seahawks claim state title in tribute to late coach John Ed Cahill queued up an old voicemail from his [more]

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourney

MB golf team flying high, riding ties to state tourneyThe Myrtle Beach High boys golf team is tying its [more]

Lynch-inspired Seahawks advance to 4A state final

Lynch-inspired Seahawks advance to 4A state finalLL Coach. The somewhat cryptic rallying cry (Long Live Coach) was [more]

Soccer: MB, Socastee fall in lower state semifinals

Soccer: MB, Socastee fall in lower state semifinalsMyrtle Beach’s season came down to about three minutes. In that [more]

South Aiken stops Lady Seahawks state title run

South Aiken stops Lady Seahawks state title runThe closest thing to a blemish South Aiken had on [more]

Green Wave sinks Sharks in Lower State opener

Green Wave sinks Sharks in Lower State openerIn any other game, St. James coach Robbie Centracchio may [more]

Soccer: Braves, Seahawks reach Lower State semis

Soccer: Braves, Seahawks reach Lower State semisThe Socastee High boys soccer team crushed Cane Bay 5-0 [more]

Seahawks go from funeral to Lower State title match

Seahawks go from funeral to Lower State title matchEven after his death earlier this week, longtime Myrtle Beach [more]

Illing steps down as Socastee football coach

Illing steps down as Socastee football coachDoug Illing struggled with the emotions. He even fought himself trying [more]

Sharks top Swamp Foxes, reach lower state tourney

Sharks top Swamp Foxes, reach lower state tourneyIt took a little longer than St. James fans may [more]

CF girls fall in first round for season-ending defeat

CF girls fall in first round for season-ending defeatHeading into the playoffs, Carolina Forest’s girls soccer team hoped [more]

Seahawks draw inspiration from fallen coach Lynch

Seahawks draw inspiration from fallen coach Lynch John Edward Cahill III occasionally glanced at a spot at [more]

MB girls stun Hilton Head to reach Lower State semis

MB girls stun Hilton Head to reach Lower State semisFor all of the dominant results, all the blowouts and [more]

Seahawks lose legendary tennis coach, mentor Lynch

Seahawks lose legendary tennis coach, mentor LynchCookie Goings was barely a teenager, an eighth grader running [more]

Local club hosts another solid Coast Spring Classic

Local club hosts another solid Coast Spring ClassicMore than 400 teams from six states completed in the [more]

Renfrow claims NFL dream as Raiders' fifth-round pick

Renfrow claims NFL dream as Raiders' fifth-round pickFormer Socastee High and Clemson standout Hunter Renfrow was selected [more]

Lady Panthers charge into playoffs as region champs

Lady Panthers charge into playoffs as region champsWhen Katie Kulick drove the ball past the West Florence [more]

Chants rally in 10th inning to knock off Georgia State

Chants rally in 10th inning to knock off Georgia StateThe relentless Chanticleers scored a run in each of the [more]

MB Track and Field Club welcomes kids for 2019

MB Track and Field Club welcomes kids for 2019The Myrtle Beach Track & Field Club will host open [more]

Sharks shake away playoff jitters to dominate opener

Sharks shake away playoff jitters to dominate openerTwo errors, two wild pitches and two runs. And that was [more]

Baseball playoff success requires road toughness

Baseball playoff success requires road toughnessJoey Worley has been around just long enough to start [more]

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on Tuesday

Chants split wild twinbill, visit Tar Heels on TuesdayCoastal Carolina baseball split Saturday’s Sun Belt Conference doubleheader with [more]

Monday After The Masters celebrates 25th anniversary

Monday After The Masters celebrates 25th anniversaryThe team led by former NFL player Jimbo Covert and [more]

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournament

Chants win season finale; host Sun Belt tournamentA two hour and five minute-lightning delay nor two Appalachian [more]

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrage

Clemson hammers Coastal with early offensive barrageSimilar to the two teams' first meeting back on March [more]

Comments are closed.

© 2019 Grand Strand Sports Report · RSS
Myrtle Beach Web Design
Kayaking in Myrtle Beach