Astros extend partnership with Oklahoma City

The Houston Astros announced today that the club has extended its Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Triple A Oklahoma City RedHawks of the Pacific Coast League. The two-year extension continues the affiliation between the Astros and RedHawks through the 2014 season. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

"We are excited to continue our relationship with Oklahoma City and the RedHawks for another two years," said Luhnow. "The facility is first rate and the environment is excellent for the highest level of minor league baseball. Our prospects benefit from playing there."

Oklahoma City finished this season with a 78-65 record and a second place finish in the American Southern Division of the Pacific Coast League. The club was in the playoff race until the final days of the regular season before finishing 1.5 games behind Albuquerque, a major improvement over the 2011 season, when Oklahoma City finished 68-75.

"We are very happy to continue our relationship with the Houston Astros," said RedHawks President & General Manager Michael Byrnes. "The Astros are in the middle of a new and exciting chapter in their franchise's storied history, and we're proud to be a part of it."

While the 2013 season will be the third year of this current partnership, Houston and Oklahoma City have a long history together. The Astros were the original Major League Baseball affiliate of the Oklahoma City Triple A franchise from 1962 through 1972.