Next season, the Pacific Coast League will have a new look, perhaps a year too late for the Round Rock Express.
El Paso will replace Tucson in the 16-team lineup in 2014, when the PCL realigns its divisions. The Express will be grouped with Memphis, Nashville and New Orleans instead of Oklahoma City, Albuquerque and New Orleans.
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The Express showed improvement this year, but not enough to make the playoffs in the Pacific Coast League. Comparing Round Rock’s past two seasons with the team’s PCL rank in parentheses:
Record;69-75 (11);73-71 (8)
Attendance;8,389 (1);8,181 (2)
Scoring;5.0 (8);4.8 (9)
Batting avg.;278 (8);263 (13)
Slugging pct.;475 (9);406 (10)
ERA;4.74 (9);4.06 (5)
Saves;34 (10);45 (2)
Strikeouts;890 (16);1,032 (15)
Next year, PCL realignment will put Round Rock in a division it would have won this season.