HOUSTON, TX - The Houston Astros announced today that the club has extended its Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Class A Advanced Lancaster JetHawks of the California League. The two-year extension continues the affiliation between the Astros and JetHawks through the 2016 season. The announcement was made by Astros Director of Player Development Quinton McCracken.
"We have a wonderful partnership with the JetHawks and are very excited to extend our Player Development Contract," said McCracken. "We look forward to fielding exciting championship players and teams in Lancaster in the upcoming years."
"Coming on the heels of another season of on-field success featuring high profile prospects, we are excited to continue our partnership with Houston," said JetHawks Vice President Brad Seymour. "The Astros continue to place a lot of focus on their minor league system, and we are thrilled that the fans in the Antelope Valley will continue to have the opportunity to enjoy watching the talent from one of the highest-rated farm systems in baseball develop on their way to the Major League level."
Lancaster has been the winningest organization in the California League for the last three seasons, posting a 233-182 (.561) combined record since 2012. The JetHawks have gone 77-58 (.570) this season and have already qualified for a playoff spot by winning their first-half division title. Last year, the club went 82-58 and won both their first and second half division titles. In 2012, the JetHawks won their first ever California League Championship.
The partnership between the Astros and Lancaster began in 2009.