Thursday, May 6, 2010

A Checklist of Minor League Baseball Teams

I prepared the following list of Minor League baseball teams primarily for my own use in tracking down teams to watch as I travel around the county. Feel free to download it and use it....but if you do so and try to make some money off it at least acknowledge who wrote it originally. I would appreciate it.

A Traveler’s Checklist of Minor League Baseball Teams
In the United States, Canada, Dominican Republic, Mexico and Venezuela

This checklist was prepared to provide traveling baseball fans with information on the location of Minor League baseball teams in 49 of the 50 states plus Canada, the Dominican Republic, Mexico, and Venezuela. The list was prepared to give information by State/Province/Country. No attempt was made to include Major League baseball teams because almost everyone who knows about baseball knows where the thirty teams call home.

The checklist is broken up by State/County and then alphabetized inside each state/country. You can determine which major league team is associated with which each minor league team by clicking on the team name and reading team information on their websites. Also included are teams from the various independent leagues that are not associated with a Major League team. These are professional teams but are not in any Major League farm system.

Following each team name there is a designation in parentheses ( ) that indicates which minor league level an individual team belongs. Most people are familiar with Triple A (AAA) Double A (AA) and Single A advanced. This list includes all minor league teams through and including the Rookie Leagues (sometimes called Instructional Leagues) and the unaffiliated leagues.

Any errors or omissions in the list are entirely mine. Please use this list as you travel around the country. The major source for this information for teams by state or province/country was is at this link. An ancillary source of information was included in this site that provides a list of teams by their Major League affiliate can be found here.

Abbreviations used in the text include:
AAA - Triple A
AA - Double A
High A - Advanced A Level
Low A - Lower A Level
Adv Rookie - Advanced Rookie League
Rookie - Instructional League in Minor League Baseball
Short A - Short Season High A level Minor League Baseball
American Assn – American Association, Nonaffiliated Minor League
Arizona Fall League - Affiliated with Minor League Baseball
Arizona Winter League - Nonaffiliated Minor League Baseball
Atlantic League – Atlantic League of Professional Baseball
Can-Am - Canadian American Association
Continental League – Continental Baseball League
DSL - Dominican Summer League (Affiliated with Rookie Leagues)
Frontier League – Nonaffiliated Minor League Baseball
Golden League – Golden Baseball League, Nonaffiliated Minor League Baseball
Mexican League – Mexican League of Minor League Baseball (AAA Level)
Northern League – Nonaffiliated Minor League Baseball
United League - United Baseball League, Nonaffiliated Minor League Baseball
VSL - Venezuelan Summer League, Rookie League Baseball

The distribution of teams by state, province or country follows:

Alabama (4 Teams)

Birmingham Barons (AA)
Huntsville Stars (AA)
Mobile Bay Bears (AA)
Montgomery Biscuits (AA)

Arizona (22 Teams)
Glendale Dodgers (Rookie)
Goodyear Indians (Rookie)
Mesa Angels (Rookie)
Mesa Cubs (Rookie)
Mesa Solar Sox (Arizona Fall League)
Peoria Javelinas (Arizona Fall League)
Peoria Mariners (Rookie)
Peoria Padres (Rookie)
Peoria Saguaros (Arizona Fall League)
Phoenix Athletics (Rookie)
Phoenix Brewers (Rookie)
Phoenix Desert Dogs (Arizona Fall League)
San Luis Atleticos (Arizona Winter League)
Scottsdale Giants (Rookie)
Scottsdale Scorpions (Arizona Fall League)
Surprise Rafters (Arizona Fall League)
Surprise Rangers (Rookie)
Tucson Toros (Golden League)
Yuma (San Diego) Surf Dawgs (Arizona Winter League)
Yuma (Saskatchewan) Silver Sox (Arizona Winter League)
Yuma Scorpions (Golden League)
Yuma Western Canada Miners (Arizona Winter League)

Arkansas (2 Teams)
Little Rock Travelers (AA)
Springdale (Northwest Arkansas) Naturals (AA)

California (16 Teams)

Adelanto Mavericks (High A)
Bakersfield Blaze (High A)
Blythe Heat (Arizona Winter League)
Chico Outlaws (Golden League)
Fresno Grizzlies (AAA)
Fullerton (Orange County) Flyers (Golden League)
Lake Elsinore Storm (High A)
Lancaster Jet Hawks (High A)
Modesto Nuts (High A)
Palm Springs Power (Arizona Winter League)
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes (High A)
Sacramento River Cats (AAA)
San Bernardino 66ers (High A)
San Jose Giants (High A)
Stockton Ports (High A)
Visalia Rawhide (High A)

Colorado (1 Team)
Colorado Springs Sky Sox (AAA)

Connecticut (3 Teams)

Bridgeport Bluefish (Atlantic League)
New Britain Rock Cats (AA)
Norwich (Connecticut) Tigers (Short A)

Delaware (1 Team)
Wilmington Blue Rocks (High A)

Florida (28 Teams)

Bradenton Marauders (High A)
Bradenton Pirates (Rookie)
Brevard County Manatees (High A)
Brevard County Nationals (Rookie)
Charlotte Stone Crabs (High A)
Charlotte Rays (Rookie)
Clearwater Threshers (High A)
Clearwater Phillies (Rookie)
Daytona Cubs (High A)
Dunedin Blue Jays (High A)
Fort Myers Miracle (High A)
Fort Myers Red Sox (Rookie)
Fort Myers Twins (Rookie)
Jacksonville Suns (AA)
Jupiter Hammerheads (High A)
Jupiter Cardinals (Rookie)
Jupiter Marlins (Rookie)
Kissimmee Astros (Rookie)
Lake Buena Vista Braves (Rookie)
Lakeland Flying Tigers (High A)
Lakeland Tigers (Rookie)
Palm Beach Cardinals (High A)
Pensacola Pelicans (American Association)
St. Lucie Mets (High A)
St. Lucie Mets (Rookie)
Sarasota Orioles (Rookie)
Tampa Yankees (High A)
Tampa Yankees (Rookie)

Georgia (4 Teams)

Augusta Green Jackets (Low A)
Gwinnett Braves (AAA)
Rome Braves (Low A)
Savannah Sand Gnats (Low A)

Hawaii (1 Team)
Wailuku (Maui) Na Koa Ikaika Maui (Golden League)

Idaho (2 Teams)

Boise Hawks (Short A)
Idaho Falls Chukars (Adv Rookie) Kansas City Royals

Illinois (12 Teams)

Crestwood (Windy City) Thunderbolts (Frontier League)
Joliet Jack Hammers (Northern League)
Kane County Cougars (Low A)
Marion (Southern Illinois) Miners (Frontier League)
Normal Corn Belters (Frontier League)
Peoria Chiefs (Low A)
Rockford River Hawks (Northern League)
Sauget (Gateway) Grizzlies (Frontier League)
Schaumburg Flyers (Northern League)
Woodstock (McHenry County) K-Nines (Frontier League)
Zion (Lake County) Fielders (Northern League)

Indiana (5 Teams)

Evansville Otters (Frontier League)
Fort Wayne Tin Caps (Low A
Gary (South Shore) Rail Cats (Northern League)
Indianapolis Indians (AAA)
South Bend Silver Hawks (Low A)

Iowa (6 Teams)

Burlington Bees (Low A)
Cedar Rapids Kernels (Low A)
Clinton Lumber Kings (Low A)
Des Moines Iowa Cubs (AAA)
Quad Cities River Bandits (Low A)
Sioux City Explorers (American Association)

Kansas (2 Teams)

Kansas City T-Bones (Northern League)
Wichita Wingnuts (American Association)

Kentucky (4 Teams)
Bowling Green Hot Rods (Low A)
Florence Freedom (Frontier League)
Lexington Legends (Low A)
Louisville Bats (AAA)

Louisiana (2 Teams)
New Orleans Zephyrs (AAA)
Shreveport Captains (American Association)

Maine (1 Team)

Portland Sea Dogs (AA)

Maryland (6 Teams)

Aberdeen Ironbirds (Short A)
Bowie Baysox (AA)
Frederick Keys (High A)
Hagerstown Suns (Low A)
Salisbury (Delmarva) Shorebirds (Low A)
Waldorf (Southern Maryland) Blue Crabs (American Association)

Massachusetts (4 Teams)

Brockton Rox (Can Am)
Pittsfield Colonials (Can Am)
Lowell Spinners (Short A)
Worcester Tornadoes (Can Am)

Michigan (6 Teams)
Comstock Park Whitecaps (Low A)
Kalamazoo Kings (Frontier League)
Lansing Lugnuts (Low A)
Midland (Great Lakes) Loons (Low A)
Waterford (Oakland County) Cruisers (Frontier League)
Traverse City Beach Bums (Frontier League)

Minnesota (1 Team)
St. Paul Saints (American Assn)

Mississippi (1 Team)

Pearl Braves (AA)

Missouri (2 Teams)
O’Fallon River City Rascals (Frontier League)
Springfield Cardinals (AA)

Montana (4 Teams)
Billings Mustangs (Adv Rookie)
Great Falls Voyageurs (Adv Rookie)
Helena Brewers (Adv Rookie)
Missoula Osprey (Adv Rookie)

Nebraska (2 Teams)

Lincoln Salt Dogs (American Assn)
Omaha Royals (AAA)

Nevada (2 Teams)

Las Vegas 51s (AAA)
Reno Aces (AAA)

New Jersey (7 Teams)
Camden River Sharks (Atlantic League)
Bridgewater (Somerset County) Patriots (Atlantic League)
Lakewood Blue Claws (Low A)
Little Falls N.J. Jackals (Atlantic League)
Newark Bears (Atlantic League)
Sussex Skyhawks (Can Am)
Trenton Thunder (AA)

New Mexico (2 Teams)

Albuquerque Isotopes (AAA)
Las Cruces Vaqueros (Continental League)

New York (12 Teams)

Auburn Doubledays (Short A)
Batavia Muckdogs (Short A)
Binghamton Mets (AA)
Brooklyn Cyclones (Short A)
Buffalo Bisons (AAA)
Central Islip - Long Island Ducks (Atlantic League)
Jamestown Jammers (Short A)
Rochester Red Wings (AAA)
Staten Island Yankees (Short A)
Syracuse Chiefs (AAA)
Troy (Tri-City) Valley Cats (Short A)
Wappingers Falls (Hudson Valley) Renegades (Short A)

North Carolina (9 Teams)
Asheville Tourists (Low A)
Burlington Royals (Adv Rookie)
Durham Bulls (AAA)
Greensboro Grasshoppers (Low A)
Hickory Crawdads (Low A)
Kannapolis Intimidators (Low A)
Kinston Indians (High A)
Winston-Salem Dash (High A)
Zebulon (Carolina) Mudcats (AA)

North Dakota (1 Team
Fargo - Moorhead Red Hawks (Northern League)

Ohio (7 Teams)

Akron Aeros (AA)
Avon – Lake Erie Crushers (Frontier League)
Columbus Clippers (AAA)
Dayton Dragons (Low A)
Lake County Captains (Low A)
Niles (Mahoning Valley) Scrappers (Short A)
Toledo Mud Hens (AAA)

Oklahoma (2 Teams)
Oklahoma City Red Hawks (AAA)
Tulsa Drillers (AA)

Oregon (3 Teams)

Eugene Emeralds (Short A)
Portland Beavers (AAA)
Salem Volcanoes (Short A)

Pennsylvania (11 Teams)
Allentown (Lehigh Valley) Iron Pigs (AAA)
Altoona Curve (AA)
Erie Sea Wolves (AA)
Harrisburg Senators (AA)
Lancaster Barnstormers (Atlantic League)
Reading Phillies (AA)
Scranton Wilkes-Barre Yankees (AAA)
State College Spikes (Low A)
Washington Wild Things (Frontier League)
Williamsport Crosscutters (Low A)
York Revolution (Atlantic League)

Rhode Island (1 Team)

Pawtucket Red Sox (AAA)

South Carolina (4 Teams)

Charleston River Dogs (Low A)
Fort Mill (Charlotte) Knights (AAA)
Greenville Drive (Low A)
Myrtle Beach Pelicans (High A)

South Dakota (1 Team)
Sioux Falls Fighting Pheasants (American Assn)

Tennessee (9 Teams)

Chattanooga Lookouts (AA)
Elizabethton Twins (Adv. Rookie)
Greeneville Astros (Adv Rookie)
Jackson (West Tennessee) Diamond Jaxx (AA)
Johnson City Cardinals (Adv Rookie)
Kingsport Mets (Adv Rookie)
Kodak (Tennessee) Smokies (AA)
Memphis Redbirds (AAA)
Nashville Sounds (AAA)

Texas (17 Teams)

Alpine (Big Bend) Cowboys (Continental League)
Amarillo Dillas (United League)
Corpus Christi Hooks (AA)
Edinburg Roadrunners (United League)
El Paso Diablos (American Assn)
El Paso (West Texas) Road Hogs (Continental League)
Fort Worth Cats (American Assn)
Frisco Rough Riders (AA)
Grand Prairie Air Hogs (American Assn)
Harlingen (Rio Grande Valley) White Wings (United League)
Laredo Broncos (United League)
Midland Rock Hounds (AA)
Robstown (Coastal Bend) Thunder (United League)
Round Rock Express (AAA)
San Angelo Colts (United League)
San Antonio Missions (AA)
Van Horn (Desert Valley) Mountain Lions (Continental League)

Utah (4 Teams)

Ogden Raptors (Adv Rookie)
Orem Owlz (Adv Rookie)
St. George Roadrunners (Golden League)
Salt Lake City Bees (AAA)

Vermont (1 Team)

Burlington (Lake) Monsters (Low A)

Virginia (8 Teams)

Bristol White Sox (Adv Rookie)
Danville Braves (Adv Rookie)
Lynchburg Hillcats (High A)
Norfolk Tides (AAA)
Pulaski Mariners (Adv Rookie)
Richmond Flying Squirrels (AA)
Salem Red Sox (AA)
Woodbridge (Potomac) Nationals (AA)

Washington (5 Teams)

Everett AquaSox (Low A)
Pasco (Tri-City) Dust Devils (Low A)
Spokane Indians (Low A)
Tacoma Rainiers (AAA)
Yakima Bears (Low A)

West Virginia (3 Teams)
Bluefield Orioles (Adv Rookie)
Charleston (West Virginia) Power (Low A)
Princeton Rays (Adv Rookie)

Wisconsin (2 Teams)

Beloit Snappers (Low A)
Grand Chute (Wisconsin) Timber Rattlers (Low A)

Wyoming (1 Team)

Casper Ghosts (Adv Rookie)

CANADA (6 Teams)

Calgary Vipers (Golden League)
Edmonton Capitals (Golden League)

British Columbia
Vancouver Canadians (Low A)
Victoria Seals (Golden League)

Winnipeg Gold Eyes (Northern League)


Quebec City Capitales (Can Am)


Note: Not much specific information is available online regarding the Dominican Summer League. Instead of information about each team (and I'm still not sure where all of them play in the DR) I would direct interested people to the website for the Dominican Summer League here. Maybe you'll have more success than I did trying to figure it out.

Boca Chica Baseball City Division
DSL Cubs Chicago Cubs
DSL Diamondbacks Arizona Diamondbacks
DSL Orioles Baltimore Orioles
DSL Padres San Diego Padres
DSL Reds Cincinnati Reds
DSL Rockies Colorado Rockies
DSL Twins Minnesota Twins
DSL White Sox Chicago White Sox

Boca Chica North Division

DSL Astros Houston Astros
DSL Dodgers Los Angeles Dodgers
DSL Indians Cleveland Indians
DSL Pirates Pittsburgh Pirates
DSL Rays Tampa Bay Rays
DSL Red Sox Boston Red Sox
DSL Royals Kansas City Royals
DSL Yankees New York Yankees

San Pedro de Macoris Division
DSL Angels Los Angeles Angels
DSL Blue Jays Toronto Blue Jays
DSL Braves Atlanta Braves
DSL Rangers Texas Rangers
DSL Tigers Detroit Tigers

Santo Domingo North Division

DSL Athletics Oakland Athletics
DSL Brewers Milwaukee Brewers
DSL Cardinals St. Louis Cardinals
DSL Mariners Seattle Mariners

MEXICO (17 Teams)

Campeche Pirates (AAA) Mexican League
Cancun (Quintana Roo) Tigers (AAA) Mexican League
Chihuahua Dorados (AAA) Mexican League
Merida Leones (AAA) Mexican League
Mexico City Diablos (AAA) Mexican League
Minatitlan Petroleros (AAA) Mexican League
Monclova Acereros (AAA) Mexican League
Monterrey Sultanes (AAA) Mexican League
Nuevo Laredo Tecolotes (AAA) Mexican League
Oaxaca Guerreros (AAA) Mexican League
Puebla Pericos (AAA) Mexican League
Reynosa Broncos (AAA) Mexican League
Saltillo Saraperos (AAA) Mexican League
Tijuana Cimarrones (Golden League)
Torreon Vaqueros Laguna (AAA) Mexican League
Veracruz Rojas del Aquila (AAA) Mexican League
Villahermosa Olmecas de Tabasco (AAA) Mexican League

Note: None of the Venezuelan Summer League teams have a webiste. Click on the link below for the Venezuelan Summer League to obtain what limited information there is available.
Venezuelan Summer League (7 Teams)
Aguirre VSL Mariners (Rookie) Seattle Mariners
Bejuma VSL Cardinals (Rookie) St. Louis Cardinals
Ciudad Alianza VSL Tigers (Rookie) Detroit Tigers
San Joaquin VSL Pirates (Rookie) Pittsburgh Pirates
Tronconero A VSL Phillies (Rookie) Philadelphia Phillies
Tronconero B VSL Reds (Rookie) Cincinnati Reds
Venoco VSL Rays (Rookie) Tampa Bay Rays