Brewers extend affiliation with rookie Helena

The Brewers haveannounced a two-year player development contract (PDC) extension with the rookie-level Helena Brewers of the Pioneer League. The deal now runs through the 2014 season.

“We are excited to extend our player development contract with the Helena franchise,” farm director Reid Nichols said in a statement. “The Helena front office, led by President/General Manager Paul Fetz, is professional and responsive, and the fans of Helena have given us great support.”

The Helena Brewers have been the Brewers’ advanced rookie affiliate since 2003. Helena was also a Milwaukee farm team from 1985 through 2000.

“We are thrilled to continue our working relationship with the Milwaukee Brewers,” Fetz said. “This has been a partnership that has lasted a very long time, and in our business that is a strong sign that you have a positive, respectful and mutually beneficial relationship. As our parent club, Milwaukee has always strived to send us their best ambassadors and we appreciate it.”

Current Brewers players such as Ryan Braun, Mike Fiers, Mat Gamel, Taylor Green and Jonathan Lucroy all began their professional baseball careers with the Helena Brewers. Helena won the Pioneer League title in 2010, the franchise’s first championship since 1996.

Helena’s 2012 season begins Monday against Great Falls Voyagers, the rookie affiliate of the White Sox.

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