Mets extend player development agreement with Savannah through 2014

The Mets announced they have extended their player development agreement with the Savannah Sand Gnats through the 2014 season.

“We’re pleased to have the New York Mets back with us to continue our partnership and the development of future major leaguers here in Savannah,” said Sand Gnats President, John Katz in a press release. “The Mets have been fabulous partners over the past six years, both in providing strong teams and in helping make a positive impact in the Savannah community.  We’re looking forward to two more years together.”

This season, Collin McHugh and Josh Edgin became the latest former Sand Gnats to make their major league debut for the Mets. Other notable former Sand Gnats to come from the Mets-Sand Gnats partnership include Josh Thole, Robert Carson and Jeurys Familia.

“Grayson Stadium continues to present issues from a player development standpoint,” Sandy Alderson said in a press release. “But we are familiar with what the Sand Gnats ownership has accomplished in Fort Wayne, Indiana, and have monitored their efforts to partner with the City to create a new outdoor multi-use venue in Savannah.  We hope and believe those discussions are headed in the right direction.”

The Savannah Sand Gnats are a Single-A affiliate of the Mets in the South Atlantic League.