Astros extend partnership with Lancaster club

HOUSTON, TX --  The Houston Astros announced tonight that the club has extended its Player Development Contract (PDC) with the Class A Lancaster JetHawks of the California League. The two-year extension continues the affiliation between the Astros and JetHawks through the 2014 season. The announcement was made by Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow.

“The fans in Lancaster who cheer the JetHawks on at the Hangar are among the best in minor league baseball,” 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 vs. Modesto, who they are facing tonight at 9:05 p.m. CT. It is a best-of-five series. The JetHawks advanced to the CAL Championship Series after defeating High Desert in a five-game series earlier this week.

“Coming on the heels of a memorable season, we are excited to continue our partnership with Houston,” said JetHawks majority owner Peter Carfagna.  “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 their 2011 season (55-85). The partnership between the Astros and Lancaster began in 2009.