Hickory Crawdads

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
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 (8)
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2015
  • 2019
First half titles (4)
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2011
  • 2015
Second half titles (3)
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2019
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
ManagerCarlos Cardoza
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.[3]

Roster

Hickory Crawdads roster
Players Coaches/Other

Pitchers

  • 16 Grant Anderson
  • 17 Hever Bueno
  • 35 Sean Chandler
  • 10 Hans Crouse
  • -- Mason Englert
  • 38 Kelvin Gonzalez
  • 31 Ronny Henriquez
  • 18 Lucas Jacobsen
  • 40 Jesus Linarez
  • 21 Abdiel Mendoza
  • 30 Sergio Pacheco
  • -- Cole Ragans
  • 27 Daniel Robert
  • 30 Yerry Rodriguez
  • 25 Nick Snyder
  • -- Alex Speas
  • 14 Tyree Thompson
  • 23 Tai Tiedemann
  • 13 Ricky Vanasco
  • 24 Cole Winn
  • 36 Grant Wolfram

Catchers

Infielders

  •  2 Jax Biggers
  • 11 Frainyer Chavez
  • 12 Kole Enright
  • 15 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

  • -- Carlos Cardoza

Coaches

  • -- Jason Hart (hitting)
  • 20 Jose Jaimes (pitching)
  • -- Jay Sullenger


7-day injured list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated December 9, 2019
Transactions
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Texas Rangers minor league players

Awards

Four players and two managers have won South Atlantic League awards in recognition for their performance with the Crawdads.

Award Recipient Season Ref
SAL Most Valuable Player J. R. House 2000[4]
SAL Most Valuable Player Walter Young 2002[5]
SAL Most Valuable Player Jorge Cortes 2003[4]
SAL Most Valuable Player Jurickson Profar 2011[6]
SAL Most Outstanding Prospect Walter Young 2002[5]
SAL Manager of the Year Fred Kendall 1994[7]
SAL Manager of the Year Tony Beasley 2002[5]

Notable alumni

Mascot

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.

References

  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 October 17, 2019.
  4. Parker, Mark (June 27, 2017). "25th Anniversary All-Crawdads Team: A Look Back at Players' Success in Hickory". Hickory Record. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  5. Cichalski, Dan (August 24, 2002). "Righty Floyd Left Off All-Star Team". Asbury Park Press. Asbury Park, New Jersey. p. C5. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  6. "Profar Voted Sal MVP, 'Dads Have Three All-Stars". Hickory Crawdads. Minor League Baseball. August 30, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
  7. "Crawdads Alumni Report February 4". Hickory Crawdads. Minor League Baseball. January 29, 2013. Retrieved October 18, 2019.
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