D-backs minor league affilliate rebrands to Missoula PaddleHeads
The Arizona Diamondbacks Rookie Advanced affiliate, the Missoula Osprey, will be sporting a new look and name.
After 21 seasons as the Osprey, Missoula’s minor league team announced they will now be called the PaddleHeads at a rebranding on Monday.
The team’s new official mascot is a moose, whose antlers are also referred to as paddles, hence the name.
Players and coaches will now take the field coated in green and bright orange.
— Missoula PaddleHeads (@GoPaddleHeads) November 4, 2019
Missoula is managed by Juan Francia and competes in the North Division of the Pioneer League.
The newly-named PaddleHeads’ roster is headlined by D-backs No. 19 prospect outfielder Wilderd Patino.
In his first full minor league season Patino batted .349/.403/.472 with 13 stolen bases for the Arizona League Diamondbacks before getting called up to Missoula, where he batted .229/.300/.671.
This season, Missoula finished with an overall record of 40-36, however, they did not win the division’s first- or second-half titles.