Blue Jays, Buffalo Bisons extend affiliation through 2018 season


Kevin Pillar was developed in triple-A Buffalo.

The Buffalo Bisons will remain the triple-A affiliate of the Toronto Blue Jays as the two announced an extension of their current player development contract through the 2018 season.

“We are excited to extend our PDC but more importantly our relationship with the Bisons. The most productive player development relationships are built upon two aligned organizations,” Blue Jays president and CEO Mark Shapiro said in a statement. “We are appreciative of the dynamic in Buffalo and feel that because of the Rich family, the exceptional front office and support of a great city – there is no one we would rather be affiliated with.”

The Bisons have been the triple-A affiliate of the Blue Jays since the 2013 season and the team has helped produce a handful of current Toronto major-leaugers including Marcus Stroman, Aaron Sanchez, Kevin Pillar and Chris Colabello.

A total of 12 players on the Blue Jays’ 2015 post-season roster appeared at Coca-Cola Field, the home of the Bisons, at some point over the last three seasons.

“The support we’ve received from the Blue Jays’ player development and front office staffs has been everything we thought it would be and more when we began this partnership four years ago,” Bisons vice president and general manager Mike Buczkowski said in a statement. “It has truly been a partnership in every sense of the word and we’re looking forward to continued success in growing the baseball corridor from Western New York to the Greater Toronto area.”

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