Astros extend contract with Class A JetHawks

Astros extend contract with Class A JetHawks

HOUSTON -- The Astros announced Friday they have extended their player development contract with the Class A JetHawks of the California League. The two-year extension continues the affiliation between the Astros and JetHawks through the 2014 season.

"The fans in Lancaster who cheer the JetHawks on at the Hangar are among the best in Minor League baseball," Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow said. "We hope to continue to field winning teams there and win championships."

Lancaster currently holds a 1-0 lead in the California League Championship Series against Modesto heading into Friday's second game of the best-of-five series.

"Coming on the heels of a memorable season, we are excited to continue our partnership with Houston," JetHawks majority owner Peter Carfagna said. "The Astros have taken great steps forward by placing a lot of talent and focus in its Minor League system, and fans in the Antelope Valley will continue to have the opportunity to enjoy the fruits of the organization's great drafts and trades."

Lancaster finished the regular season with a 74-66 (.529) record, which was a dramatic improvement over its 2011 season (55-85). The partnership between the Astros and Lancaster began in 2009.