Lancaster will replace the Salem Avalanche of the Carolina League as the organization's High Class A affiliate. The JetHawks recently completed their 13th season and are the first California League affiliate for the Astros since Modesto in 1964.
"We are looking forward to building a great relationship with the City of Lancaster and the JetHawks," said Bennett. "The Lancaster franchise is a first-class operation with a tremendous facility, and creating a new fan base on the West Coast over the next four years is an exciting opportunity for our players and staff."
Lancaster spent the last two seasons as an affiliate of the Boston Red Sox (2007-08) and has previously been affiliated with the Arizona Diamondbacks (6 seasons, 2001-06) and the Seattle Mariners (5 seasons, 1996-2000).
With the addition of Lancaster, the Astros list of affiliates is now as follows: Triple A Round Rock (Pacific Coast League), Double A Corpus Christi (Texas League), Class A Lancaster (California League), Class A Lexington (South Atlantic League), Short-Season Class A Tri-City (New York-Penn League), and Rookie League Greeneville (Appalachian League).
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