“The Pirates have one of the best player development programs in professional baseball, and we appreciate the relationship between our two organizations,” said Cal Burleson, Indians vice president of baseball and administrative affairs.
“In addition to providing us with talented players and leadership, Pittsburgh has established a very positive culture throughout their organization that focuses on constant improvement, playing the game the right way, and being good role models in the community.”
Indianapolis posted an 83-61 record this year and tied for the best record in the International League. The Indians swept Scranton/Wilkes-Barre three games to none in the first round of the playoffs before losing the fifth and deciding game of the league’s Governors Cup championship series against Columbus.
Indianapolis has been Pittsburgh’s Triple-A affiliate since 2005. The Indians have qualified for the postseason and won at least 80 games in three of the last four years and is the only IL team to post a winning record in each of the past five years.