Houston Astros

Sugar Land Skeeters to become Astros' AAA team


The Astros reached an agreement Monday to make the Sugar Land Skeeters their new Class AAA affiliate, a person with knowledge of the situation said.


The franchise switch is a small part of a massive shakeup looming throughout minor league baseball.


Earlier this month, MLB appointed longtime executive Peter Woodfork as the senior vice president of minor league operations and development.


After parting with the Fresno Grizzlies as their Class AAA affiliate following the 2018 season, the Astros signed a four-year player development contract with the Round Rock Express — a team founded by Ryan Sanders Baseball.


“(Astros owner Jim Crane) has said in the past that he wanted to control all levels of his organization, and with the MLB agreement expiring, I would not be surprised by this.


He told the Chronicle last November that he planned to remain with the club through the 2020 season but acknowledged he’d “move onto something else” if Crane felt the team had made “a successful transition.” Reid Ryan’s agreement with the Astros ended Oct. 31.






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