Hickory Crawdads

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Hickory Crawdads
Founded in 1993
Hickory, North Carolina
Hickory Crawdads Logo.PNG Hickory Crawdads Cap Logo.PNG
Team logo Cap insignia
Current Single-A
Minor league affiliations
League South Atlantic League
Division Northern Division
Major league affiliations
Current Texas Rangers (2009–present)
Minor league titles
League titles 2002, 2004
Division titles 1994, 1997, 1999, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2007, 2010, 2011
Team data
Nickname Hickory Crawdads (1993–present)
Previous names
Colors Red, black, white
Ballpark L.P. Frans Stadium (1993–present)
Previous parks
Sims Legion Park (1977–1992)
Hickory Baseball, Inc.
Manager Corey Ragsdale
General manager Mark Seaman

The Hickory Crawdads are a Minor League Baseball team in Hickory, North Carolina, USA. They are a Class A team in the South Atlantic League, and have been a farm team of the Texas Rangers since 2009. From 1999–2008, they were a Class A affiliate of the Pittsburgh Pirates, and from their inception in 1993 until 1998 they were a Class A affiliate of the Chicago White Sox. The Crawdads play home games at L.P. Frans Stadium. Opened in 1993, Frans Stadium seats 5,092 fans. The Crawdads won the South Atlantic League Championship in 2002 and again in 2004. The team has appeared in the SAL finals twice, and the SAL playoffs 9 times.

Notable alumni[edit]


Hickory Crawdads roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 38 Felix Carvallo
  • 37 Patrick Kaminska
  • 27 Angelo Leclerc
  • 25 David Ledbetter
  •  9 Frank Lopez
  • 12 Yohander Mendez
  • 29 Jose Monegro
  • 20 Luis Ortiz
  • 40 Ricardo Rodriguez
  • 19 Connor Sadzeck
  • 28 Ryne Slack
  • 10 Tyler Smith
  • 35 Jose Valdespina
  • 39 Kelvin Vasquez
  • 11 Collin Wiles
  • 31 Scott Williams
  • 16 Cole Wiper


  •  6 Marcus Greene
  •  3 Joe Jackson



  • 32 Jairo Beras
  • 21 Zach Cone
  • 17 Evan Van Hoosier


  • 24 Corey Ragsdale


  • -- Chad Comer (coach)
  • 33 Oscar Marin (pitching)
  • -- Francisco Matos (hitting)

Injury icon 2.svg 7-day disabled list
* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
∞ Reserve list
§ Suspended list
‡ Restricted list
# Rehab assignment
Roster updated August 15, 2014
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Texas Rangers minor league players


Conrad the Crawdad (established in 1993) is the official mascot of the Crawdads. Conrad, along with his partner Candy Crawdad entertain fans of the team.

Upon purchasing a minor league baseball team from Gastonia, North Carolina, Don Beaver moved the team to his hometown of Hickory, North Carolina. Todd Teague named the team "Hickory Crawdads." Shortly after, Beaver launched a contest requesting the community to assist him in naming the team's mascot. Ryan Windam, a native of Hickory, North Carolina, won the contest with the name "Conrad." Thus, Conrad the Crawdad was born. Standing at approximately six feet tall, Conrad has not missed a single pitch since the team's inception in 1993.[1]


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