BELOIT—Beloit Baseball and the Miami Marlins made it official on Friday, signing a Professional Development License that locks Beloit in as Miami’s Advanced-A affiliate for 10 years.
“Our organization is very excited to officially become an affiliate of the Miami Marlins,” team president Jeff Jurgella said. “Forming a long-range relationship with the Marlins is a great move forward for our franchise and for professional baseball in Beloit. We’re looking forward to opening a state-of-the-art stadium in downtown Beloit to serve both as one of the best places in the country to develop talented players and one of the best places for fans to enjoy the game of baseball.”
The Marlins had extended an invitation to Beloit to become their affiliate in December as part of the new Professional Development License system designed to modernize the player development system and provide affiliated teams access to Major League Baseball’s partnerships, tools, technology, and content to enhance fan experience.
Prior to joining the Marlins, Beloit was an affiliate of the Oakland Athletics from 2013-2020, the Minnesota Twins from 2005-2012, and the Milwaukee Brewers from 1982-2004. The team has played at the Class-A level since 1982 and will move up to the Advanced-A classification in 2021.
The contract with the Marlins begins a new era of Beloit professional baseball.
“Not only will we be joining a first-class organization with one of the best farm systems in baseball, but our team will be moving up to the Advanced-A classification in 2021, allowing us to bring even better baseball and more talented prospects to the field in Beloit for our fans to watch,” Jurgella said. “The timing of the new deal has worked well for our franchise, allowing us to ensure the new stadium is built to meet all facility requirements for ballparks, an important step to cementing the long-term success of professional baseball in our community.”
In addition to Beloit, the Marlins minor league system will also include the Jupiter Hammerheads at the Class-A level, the Pensacola Blue Wahoos in Double-A, and the Triple-A Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp.