Express announce new affiliation
ROUND ROCK—Round Rock Express Baseball Owner and CEO Reid Ryan announced Sept. 16 a four-year player development agreement with the Texas Rangers Baseball Club as the organization’s Triple-A affiliate. The agreement begins immediately and runs through the conclusion of the 2014 season.
The Express had been the Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros since 2005.
“Our family was able to get into baseball ownership in 1998 because of the support of the people of Round Rock,” Reid Ryan said. “More than a decade later, it is hard to believe that Nolan Ryan is the ow ner of Double-A, Triple-A and Major League teams. This is a reunion for Ryan Sanders Baseball, and it allows our families and baseball fans to continue what we started here in Round Rock in 1998.”
“We’re happy to bring the Express and the Round Rock community into the Rangers family,” Rangers Ow ner and President Nola n Rya n sa id. “Things are headed in the right direction in Arlington, and the relationship w ith our minor league affiliates is a big part of that. Having our two highest affiliates in Texas is a positive.”
Texas Rangers affiliates were among baseball’s most successful franchises this season as six of the seven teams reached postseason play, including the club’s Triple-A affiliate Oklahoma City RedHawks. It was Oklahoma City’s fifth playoff appearance since 2002.
Baseba ll A mer ic a ranked the Rangers farm system was as Major League Baseball’s best prior to the 2009 season and the league’s second best prior to the 2010 season. Of the Rangers’ top 10 prospects prior to the 2010 season, three ranked in the publication’s top 100 and six have not yet played above the Double-A level.
The Express open their 12th season Apr il 7, 2011, at The Dell Diamond against the Iowa Cubs.