Hickory Crawdads

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Hickory Crawdads
Founded in 1993
Hickory, North Carolina
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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 (3)
  • 2002
  • 2004
  • 2015
Division titles (10)
  • 1994
  • 1997
  • 1999
  • 2002
  • 2003
  • 2004
  • 2007
  • 2010
  • 2011
  • 2015
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, 2004, and 2015. The team has appeared in the SAL finals three times, and the SAL playoffs ten times.

Notable alumni


Hickory Crawdads roster
Players Coaches/Other


  • 18 Matt Ball
  • 28 Blake Bass
  • 12 Wes Benjamin
  • 38 Adam Choplick
  • -- Tyler Ferguson 10px
  • 33 Jonathan Hernandez
  • 11 Omarlin Lopez
  • 31 Brett Martin
  • -- Michael Matuella 10px
  • 25 Joe Palumbo
  • 40 Pedro Payano
  • 19 Jeffrey Springs
  • 37 Erik Swanson
  • 17 Dillon Tate
  • 30 John Werner


  • 22 Chuck Moorman
  •  9 Tyler Sanchez



  •  8 LeDarious Clark
  • 15 Chris Garia
  •  5 Eric Jenkins
  •  1 Eduard Pinto



  • 39 Matt Hagen (field)
  • 20 Jose Jaimes (pitching)
  • 32 Francisco Matos (hitting)

60-day disabled list

  • -- Dario Beltre
  • -- Jacob Lemoine

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* On Texas Rangers 40-man roster
# Rehab assignment
∞ Reserve list
‡ Restricted list
§ Suspended list
† Temporary inactive list
Roster updated May 30, 2016
More MiLB rosters
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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