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The Hickory Crawdads are a Minor League Baseball team of the South Atlantic League and the Class A affiliate of the Texas Rangers.[1] They are located in Hickory, North Carolina, and play their home games at L. P. Frans Stadium which opened in 1993 and has roughly 4,000 fixed seats.

Hickory Crawdads
Founded in 1993
Hickory, North Carolina
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Team logoCap insignia
Class-level
CurrentClass A
Minor league affiliations
LeagueSouth Atlantic League
DivisionNorthern Division
Major league affiliations
CurrentTexas Rangers (2009–present)
Previous
Minor league titles
League titles (3)
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2015
Division titles (10)
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • 1999
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2015
Team data
NicknameHickory Crawdads (1993–present)
ColorsRed, black, Crawdad blue, white
                   
BallparkL. P. Frans Stadium (1993–present)
Owner(s)/
Operator(s)
Texas Rangers/Hickory Baseball, LLC
ManagerMatt Hagen
General ManagerMark Seaman

The team relocated from Gastonia, North Carolina, in 1993 when Don Beaver purchased the Gastonia Rangers and moved them to his hometown of Hickory.[2] Following the 2017 season, the Texas Rangers announced that they had purchased the team from Beaver.

The Crawdads won the South Atlantic League championship in 2002, 2004, and 2015. The team has qualified for the postseason ten times and reached the championship three times.[3]

Contents

RosterEdit

Hickory Crawdads roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 16 Grant Anderson
  • 33 Dylan Bice  
  • 17 Hever Bueno
  • -- Jean Casanova  
  • 35 Sean Chandler  
  • 10 Hans Crouse
  • 38 Kelvin Gonzalez
  • 29 Sam Hellinger
  • 31 Ronny Henriquez
  • 18 Lucas Jacobsen
  • -- Billy Layne Jr.  
  • 40 Jesus Linarez
  • 21 Abdiel Mendoza
  • 30 Yerry Rodriguez  
  • 25 Nick Snyder
  • -- Alex Speas  
  • 14 Tyree Thompson
  • 23 Tai Tiedemann
  • 24 Cole Winn
  • 36 Grant Wolfram

Catchers

Infielders

  •  2 Jax Biggers
  • 11 Frainyer Chavez
  • 12 Kole Enright
  • -- Josh Jung
  •  3 Jonathan Ornelas
  • 37 Tyreque Reed
  • -- Chris Seise  

Outfielders

  •  9 Jose Almonte  
  •  6 Ryan Anderson
  •  5 Miguel Aparicio
  •  4 Pedro Gonzalez
  • -- Chad Smith  


Manager

  • 39 Matt Hagen

Coaches

  •  8 Jared Goedert (hitting)
  • 20 Jose Jaimes (pitching)
  •  1 Josh Johnson

60-day injured list

  7-day injured list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated July 17, 2019
Transactions
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Notable alumniEdit

MascotEdit

Conrad the Crawdad has been the official mascot of the Crawdads since 1993. Conrad, along with his wife Candy, entertain fans during games. The two got engaged on Mother's Day weekend in 2018 and were married in an on-field ceremony on June 24, 2018.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Hickory, North Carolina Encyclopedia". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  2. ^ "Conrad & The Hickory Crawdads" (PDF). At the Yard. January 2006. Retrieved September 18, 2018.
  3. ^ "Playoff Champions". South Atlantic League. Minor League Baseball. Retrieved August 14, 2017.

External linksEdit