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Astros extend Player Development Contracts with Triple A Fresno and Class A Quad Cities

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The Astros will be sending prospects Californa and Iowa.

Reinhold Matay-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow traveled to Quad Cities and Fresno to announce in person the team continues their relationship with the River Bandits and Grizzlies for two more seasons.

The Astros Player Development Contract with both clubs through the 2018 season.

The current partnership with Quad Cities began in 2013. During stretch with Quad Cities, the River Bandits have made the playoffs twice, winning a division title and a Midwest League Championship in 2013.

Luhnow said of Quad Cities:

"The Houston Astros and Quad Cities River Bandits have formed a strong partnership which we are excited to continue for years to come," said Luhnow. "Our players and staff benefit from their time in Quad Cities, and we will continue to strive to field competitive teams year in and year out."

The Astros started their relationship with the Grizzlies in 2015, after the Los Angeles Dodgers bought a stake in the Oklahoma City team -- the Astros's previous Triple-A affiliate. In 2015, the Grizzlies set a franchise record with 84 wins while claiming their first Pacific Coast League Championship and Triple-A National Championship titles.