The Philadelphia Phillies and their Triple-A affiliate in Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, have reached an agreement on player development contract extension through the year 2020.
The Ironpigs have been the Phillies Triple-A affiliate since they opened for business at Coca-Cola Park in 2008, leading the International League in attendance for four straight seasons (2009-2012) and finishing in the top five in each of their years.
In 2016, the Ironpigs posted a record of 85-58, clinching their second playoff berth in team history with top prospects Jake Thompson, Nick Williams and J.P. Crawford along with guys like Darin Ruf playing a big part in the teams' success. The last time they were in the playoffs, 2011, Lehigh Valley fell to Columbus 3-1 in the Governer's Cup Finals. They begin postseason play on Wednesday night.
During the regular season, the Ironpigs hosted over 602,000 fans and averaged 8,733 per game, good for fourth in the 14-team International League.
At the end of August, the Phillies inked a four-year affiliate extension with their Class 'A' Advanced club in Lakewood, New Jersey, while also reaching an agreement with their Short Season affiliate in Williamsport through 2018.