Wednesday, August 1, 2012

Minor League Baseball

Baseball, "America's Pastime," has been played professionally since the late 19th century, with the National League of Major League Baseball being the oldest league in existence.

Baseball in America, unlike a sport such as Football or Basketball, has an extensive "farm system" of teams and players all affiliated with a Major League team.  These are those leagues that comprise "Minor League Baseball," and despite popular perception, those playing in these leagues are professional baseball players that can be called up by their affliliate Major League team as needed.

Minor League Baseball is divided into several levels, with AAA being just below Major League Baseball, followed by AA, Advanced A, [Low] A, Short-season A, and finally Rookie League A.  Each Major League team has one affliate at each level of play.

I present for you here the leagues and teams of AAA through A [sometimes designed Low A], and, at the end, a great map of franchise locations of Major League through A teams.  Note that I have omitted the AAA Mexican League, as it has no direct Major League affliliates.  You may visit the official website of Minor League Baseball here: http://www.milb.com/
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AAA
International League (AAA)
Division Team Founded² MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity³
North Buffalo Bisons 1979 New York Mets Buffalo, New York Coca-Cola Field1 18,025
Lehigh Valley IronPigs 2008 Philadelphia Phillies Allentown, Pennsylvania Coca-Cola Park 10,000
Pawtucket Red Sox 1970 Boston Red Sox Pawtucket, Rhode Island McCoy Stadium 10,031
Rochester Red Wings 1899 Minnesota Twins Rochester, New York Frontier Field 10,840
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Yankees 1989 New York Yankees Moosic, Pennsylvania PNC Field 10,310
Syracuse Chiefs 1961 Washington Nationals Syracuse, New York Alliance Bank Stadium 11,071
South Charlotte Knights 1976 Chicago White Sox Fort Mill, South Carolina Knights Stadium 10,002
Durham Bulls 1902 Tampa Bay Rays Durham, North Carolina Durham Bulls Athletic Park 10,000
Gwinnett Braves 2009 Atlanta Braves Lawrenceville, Georgia Coolray Field 10,475
Norfolk Tides 1961 Baltimore Orioles Norfolk, Virginia Harbor Park 12,067
West Columbus Clippers 1977 Cleveland Indians Columbus, Ohio Huntington Park 10,100
Indianapolis Indians 1902 Pittsburgh Pirates Indianapolis, Indiana Victory Field 14,500
Louisville Bats 1969 Cincinnati Reds Louisville, Kentucky Louisville Slugger Field 13,131
Toledo Mud Hens 1965 Detroit Tigers Toledo, Ohio Fifth Third Field 10,300


Pacific Coast League (AAA)
American Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Iowa Cubs Chicago Cubs Des Moines, Iowa Principal Park 11,500
Memphis Redbirds St. Louis Cardinals Memphis, Tennessee AutoZone Park 14,384
Nashville Sounds Milwaukee Brewers Nashville, Tennessee Herschel Greer Stadium 10,300
Omaha Storm Chasers Kansas City Royals Papillion, Nebraska Werner Park 9,023
South Albuquerque Isotopes Los Angeles Dodgers Albuquerque, New Mexico Isotopes Park 12,379
New Orleans Zephyrs Miami Marlins Metairie, Louisiana Zephyr Field 10,000
Oklahoma City RedHawks Houston Astros Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark 13,066
Round Rock Express Texas Rangers Round Rock, Texas Dell Diamond 11,000
Pacific Conference
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Colorado Springs Sky Sox Colorado Rockies Colorado Springs, Colorado Security Service Field 8,500
Reno Aces Arizona Diamondbacks Reno, Nevada Aces Ballpark 9,100
Salt Lake Bees Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Salt Lake City, Utah Spring Mobile Ballpark 15,411
Tacoma Rainiers Seattle Mariners Tacoma, Washington Cheney Stadium 9,600
South Fresno Grizzlies San Francisco Giants Fresno, California Chukchansi Park 12,500
Las Vegas 51s Toronto Blue Jays Las Vegas, Nevada Cashman Field 9,334
Sacramento River Cats Oakland Athletics West Sacramento, California Raley Field 14,014
Tucson Padres San Diego Padres Tucson, Arizona Kino Veterans Memorial Stadium 11,500
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AA
Eastern League (AA)
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Eastern Division Binghamton Mets New York Mets Binghamton, New York NYSEG Stadium 6,012
New Britain Rock Cats Minnesota Twins New Britain, Connecticut New Britain Stadium 6,146
New Hampshire Fisher Cats Toronto Blue Jays Manchester, New Hampshire Northeast Delta Dental Stadium 7,722
Portland Sea Dogs Boston Red Sox Portland, Maine Hadlock Field 7,368
Reading Phillies Philadelphia Phillies Reading, Pennsylvania FirstEnergy Stadium 9,000
Trenton Thunder New York Yankees Trenton, New Jersey Mercer County Waterfront Park 6,341
Western Division Akron Aeros Cleveland Indians Akron, Ohio Canal Park 9,097
Altoona Curve Pittsburgh Pirates Altoona, Pennsylvania Peoples Natural Gas Field 7,210
Bowie Baysox Baltimore Orioles Bowie, Maryland Prince George's Stadium 10,000
Erie SeaWolves Detroit Tigers Erie, Pennsylvania Jerry Uht Park 6,952
Harrisburg Senators Washington Nationals Harrisburg, Pennsylvania Metro Bank Park 6,187
Richmond Flying Squirrels San Francisco Giants Richmond, Virginia The Diamond 9,560


Southern League (AA)
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Birmingham Barons Chicago White Sox Hoover, Alabama Regions Park 10,800
Chattanooga Lookouts Los Angeles Dodgers Chattanooga, Tennessee AT&T Field 6,340
Huntsville Stars Milwaukee Brewers Huntsville, Alabama Joe W. Davis Stadium 10,200
Jackson Generals Seattle Mariners Jackson, Tennessee Pringles Park 6,000
Tennessee Smokies Chicago Cubs Sevierville, Tennessee Smokies Park 6,412
South Jacksonville Suns Miami Marlins Jacksonville, Florida Baseball Grounds of Jacksonville 11,000
Mississippi Braves Atlanta Braves Pearl, Mississippi Trustmark Park 8,480
Mobile BayBears Arizona Diamondbacks Mobile, Alabama Hank Aaron Stadium 6,000
Montgomery Biscuits Tampa Bay Rays Montgomery, Alabama Montgomery Riverwalk Stadium 7,000
Pensacola Blue Wahoos Cincinnati Reds Pensacola, Florida Community Maritime Park 5,038

Texas League (AA)
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Arkansas Travelers Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim North Little Rock, Arkansas Dickey-Stephens Park 5,800
Northwest Arkansas Naturals Kansas City Royals Springdale, Arkansas Arvest Ballpark 7,305
Springfield Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Springfield, Missouri Hammons Field 10,486 (incl. 2,500 gen. admission)
Tulsa Drillers Colorado Rockies Tulsa, Oklahoma ONEOK Field 7,833
South Corpus Christi Hooks Houston Astros Corpus Christi, Texas Whataburger Field 5,050 fixed seats, 19 luxury suites, 2,000 General Admission
Frisco RoughRiders Texas Rangers Frisco, Texas Dr Pepper Ballpark 10,316
Midland RockHounds Oakland Athletics Midland, Texas Citibank Ballpark 6,669
San Antonio Missions San Diego Padres San Antonio, Texas Nelson W. Wolff Municipal Stadium 9,200
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ADVANCED A
California League (Advanced A)
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Northern Bakersfield Blaze Cincinnati Reds Bakersfield, California Sam Lynn Ballpark 3,500
Modesto Nuts Colorado Rockies Modesto, California John Thurman Field 4,000
San Jose Giants San Francisco Giants San Jose, California San Jose Municipal Stadium 4,200
Stockton Ports Oakland Athletics Stockton, California Banner Island Ballpark 5,300
Visalia Rawhide Arizona Diamondbacks Visalia, California Recreation Park 2,468
Southern High Desert Mavericks Seattle Mariners Adelanto, California Stater Bros. Stadium 3,808
Inland Empire 66ers of San Bernardino Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim San Bernardino, California San Manuel Stadium 5,000
Lake Elsinore Storm San Diego Padres Lake Elsinore, California Lake Elsinore Diamond 7,866
Lancaster JetHawks Houston Astros Lancaster, California Clear Channel Stadium 6,860
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Los Angeles Dodgers Rancho Cucamonga, California The Epicenter 6,200

Carolina League (Advanced A)
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Northern Frederick Keys Baltimore Orioles Frederick, Maryland Harry Grove Stadium 5,400
Lynchburg Hillcats Atlanta Braves Lynchburg, Virginia Calvin Falwell Field 4,000
Potomac Nationals Washington Nationals Woodbridge, Virginia G. Richard Pfitzner Stadium 6,000
Wilmington Blue Rocks Kansas City Royals Wilmington, Delaware Daniel S. Frawley Stadium 6,532
Southern Carolina Mudcats Cleveland Indians Zebulon, North Carolina (Raleigh Area) Five County Stadium 6,500
Myrtle Beach Pelicans Texas Rangers Myrtle Beach, South Carolina TicketReturn.Com Field at Pelicans Ballpark 4,875
Salem Red Sox Boston Red Sox Salem, Virginia (Roanoke area) Lewis-Gale Field 6,300
Winston-Salem Dash Chicago White Sox Winston-Salem, North Carolina BB&T Ballpark 5,500

Florida State League (Advanced A)
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
North Brevard County Manatees Milwaukee Brewers Viera, Florida Space Coast Stadium 8,100
Clearwater Threshers Philadelphia Phillies Clearwater, Florida Bright House Field 8,500
Daytona Cubs Chicago Cubs Daytona Beach, Florida Jackie Robinson Ballpark 4,200
Dunedin Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays Dunedin, Florida Florida Auto Exchange Stadium 5,510
Lakeland Flying Tigers Detroit Tigers Lakeland, Florida Joker Marchant Stadium 8,500
Tampa Yankees New York Yankees Tampa, Florida George M. Steinbrenner Field 10,000
South Bradenton Marauders Pittsburgh Pirates Bradenton, Florida McKechnie Field 6,602
Charlotte Stone Crabs Tampa Bay Rays Port Charlotte, Florida Charlotte Sports Park1 7,000
Fort Myers Miracle Minnesota Twins Fort Myers, Florida Hammond Stadium 7,500
Jupiter Hammerheads Miami Marlins Jupiter, Florida Roger Dean Stadium 6,871
Palm Beach Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals Jupiter, Florida Roger Dean Stadium 6,871
St. Lucie Mets New York Mets Port St. Lucie, Florida Digital Domain Park 7,347
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[Low] A
Midwest League (A)


Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Eastern Bowling Green Hot Rods Tampa Bay Rays Bowling Green, Kentucky Bowling Green Ballpark 4,559
Dayton Dragons Cincinnati Reds Dayton, Ohio Fifth Third Field 7,230
Fort Wayne TinCaps San Diego Padres Fort Wayne, Indiana Parkview Field 6,516
Great Lakes Loons Los Angeles Dodgers Midland, Michigan Dow Diamond 5,500
Lake County Captains Cleveland Indians Eastlake, Ohio Classic Park 7,273
Lansing Lugnuts Toronto Blue Jays Lansing, Michigan Cooley Law School Stadium 11,000
South Bend Silver Hawks Arizona Diamondbacks South Bend, Indiana Stanley Coveleski Regional Stadium 5,000
West Michigan Whitecaps Detroit Tigers Comstock Park, Michigan Fifth Third Ballpark 10,071
Western Beloit Snappers Minnesota Twins Beloit, Wisconsin Harry C. Pohlman Field 3,501
Burlington Bees Oakland Athletics Burlington, Iowa Community Field 3,200
Cedar Rapids Kernels Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Cedar Rapids, Iowa Veterans Memorial Stadium 5,300
Clinton LumberKings Seattle Mariners Clinton, Iowa Ashford University Field 3,000
Kane County Cougars Kansas City Royals Geneva, Illinois Fifth Third Bank Ballpark 7,400
Peoria Chiefs Chicago Cubs Peoria, Illinois O'Brien Field 7,377
Quad Cities River Bandits St. Louis Cardinals Davenport, Iowa Modern Woodmen Park 4,024
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Milwaukee Brewers Grand Chute, Wisconsin Time Warner Cable Field at Fox Cities Stadium 5,500

South Atlantic League (A)
Division Team MLB Affiliation City Stadium Capacity
Northern Delmarva Shorebirds Baltimore Orioles Salisbury, Maryland Arthur W. Perdue Stadium 5,200
Greensboro Grasshoppers Miami Marlins Greensboro, North Carolina NewBridge Bank Park 7,499
Hagerstown Suns Washington Nationals Hagerstown, Maryland Municipal Stadium 4,600
Hickory Crawdads Texas Rangers Hickory, North Carolina L. P. Frans Stadium 5,092
Kannapolis Intimidators Chicago White Sox Kannapolis, North Carolina CMC-NorthEast Stadium 4,700
Lakewood BlueClaws Philadelphia Phillies Lakewood, New Jersey FirstEnergy Park 6,588
West Virginia Power Pittsburgh Pirates Charleston, West Virginia Appalachian Power Park 6,200
Southern Asheville Tourists Colorado Rockies Asheville, North Carolina McCormick Field 4,000
Augusta GreenJackets San Francisco Giants Augusta, Georgia Lake Olmstead Stadium 4,400
Charleston RiverDogs New York Yankees Charleston, South Carolina Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park 6,000
Greenville Drive Boston Red Sox Greenville, South Carolina Fluor Field at the West End 6,000
Lexington Legends Houston Astros Lexington, Kentucky Whitaker Bank Ballpark 6,994
Rome Braves Atlanta Braves Rome, Georgia State Mutual Stadium 5,105
Savannah Sand Gnats New York Mets Savannah, Georgia Grayson Stadium 5,000



This is a splendid, if a bit out of date, map of Minor League and Major League Baseball franchise locations.  Click this link to view this map in detail: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/b/ba/USbaseballmap.PNG


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