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FROM THE RIVER BANDITS

DAVENPORT, Iowa (APRIL 1, 2013) – Baseball fans in the Quad Cities area have seen hundreds of players on their way to major league careers since the Quad Cities franchise since it joined the Midwest League in 1960, and fans will see more history this season, as the Quad Cities River Bandits begin their second affiliation with the Houston Astros.

The River Bandits will open the season with four of the top 15 Houston Astros prospects, according to Baseball America, including 2012 No. 1 overall pick Carlos Correa.

Correa is the first No. 1 overall draft pick to play for the Quad Cities since Joe Mauer, the No. 1 overall pick by the Minnesota Twins in 2001, played in the Quad Cities in 2002. Correa is ranked by Baseball America as the No. 1 prospect in the Astros minor league system and the No. 13 prospect in all of baseball.

The River Bandits roster also includes right-handed pitcher Lance McCullers (ranked Houston No. 4 prospect and No. 50 in baseball by Baseball America), infielder Rio Ruiz (No. 8), and right-hander Vincent Velasquez (No. 13).

"For decades, the Quad Cities community has seen future major leaguers play in the Quad Cities, but this season will be something special. In addition to seeing future major league players, for the first time in a decade, our fans will have a chance to see future major league stars," said team owner Dave Heller. "Carlos Correa, Lance McCullers and Rio Ruiz are some of the exciting prospects in all of baseball. The fact that they are coming to the Quad Cities will give River Bandits fans a chance to meet and get autographs and photos with future major league stars right here at Modern Woodmen Park."