The Pensacola Blue Wahoos have impressed many in their inaugural season. None of the impressed was more important than Cincinnati Reds owner Bob Castellini and Reds General Manager Walt Jocketty, however. They were recently in town to announce the finalization of a four-year extension between the Reds and the Blue Wahoos, according to their official website.
"We have been very extremely impressed with the operation in
, from the terrific new facility to the first-class treatment of our players by Quint Studer, Bruce Baldwin and their entire front office and game day staffs. We appreciate that they are as interested as we are in extending our agreement for at least 4 more years, because our relationship is a very good one," said Walt Jocketty, Reds President of Baseball Operations and General Manager. Pensacola
The Blue Wahoos are currently 52-48 overall and 18-13 in the second half of the season. They are in second place in the South Division of the Southern League, trailing the Montgomery Biscuits by just one game. Their roster currently boasts two minor leaguers who have arguably been the best hitter and pitcher in the Reds farm system so this season, in SS Billy Hamilton and LHP Tony Cingrani. Both started the year with the High-A Bakersfield Blaze before receiving a promotion.