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Rangers return to Round Rock for 2021

The Texas Rangers will likely return to the Round Rock Express (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) and retain three other affiliates if today’s MiLB invites are accepted.

Returning as Ranger affiliates: the Frisco RoughRiders, Hickory Crawdads and Down East Wood Duck. Hickory and Down East are both owned by the Rangers; the teams will flip affiliation levels, with the Crawdads moving to High A and the Wood Ducks to Low A.

The Express, owned by Ryan-Sanders Baseball, LP, were the Rangers’ Pacific Coast League affiliate from 2011-18; in the past two seasons the Rangers were affiliated with the Nashville Sounds.

“The Texas Rangers are pleased to invite these four outstanding franchises to be a part of our minor league system going forward,” said Rangers Managing Partner Ray Davis in a press statement. “We look forward to the opportunity of returning to Central Texas, where we previously had a great eight-year partnership with the Round Rock Express.

“The Rangers have enjoyed strong relationships with our Frisco, Hickory, and Down East affiliates for a number of years, and those will continue as we go forward.”

Here’s the most up-to-date information about the current affiliation status.

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