Minor league baseball

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Minor leagues are professional baseball leagues which are at a lower pay level and play in smaller cities and towns than do the major leagues. In the North American leagues, the minor leagues are typically under the control of the major leagues and are used for development of younger players.

The first league recognized as minor was the Northwestern League, which in 1883 entered into an agreement with the two major leagues at the time (the National League and the American Association), under which it would have a lower salary limit than the other two leagues. The National Agreement of 1903, which made peace between the National League and the new American League, also further codified the notion of "minor league" and establshed classifications for different levels.

Branch Rickey is credited with developing the first modern "farm system" in the 1920s. Under a farm system, major league teams own or have working relationships with minor league teams, and then stock those teams with prospects and reserve players, who can then be reassigned (to the major league team, or to another club in the farm system) at the discretion of the major league club. Today, every major league franchise has a farm system and only a few minor leagues operate independently of major-league influence.

Leagues and classifications

AAA (triple-A) leagues are the highest level of minor league, just below the major leagues. The current AAA leagues are as follows:

International League
Pacific Coast League

AA (double-A) leagues

A leagues

Rookie/Instructional leagues

Independent minor leagues


Akron Aeros
Altoona Curve
Arkansas Travelers
Asheville Tourists
Auburn Doubledays
Augusta GreenJackets

Bakersfield Blaze
Batavia Muckdogs
Beloit Snappers
Billings Mustangs
Binghamton Mets
Birmingham Barons
Bluefield Orioles
Boise Hawks
Bowie Baysox
Brevard County Manatees
Bristol White Sox
Brooklyn Cyclones
Buffalo Bisons
Burlington Bees
Burlington Indians

Calgary Cannons
Campeche Pirates
Cancun Lobstermen
Capital City Bombers
Carolina Mudcats
Casper Rockies
Cedar Rapids Kernels
Charleston Alley Cats
Charleston RiverDogs
Charlotte Knights
Charlotte Rangers
Chattanooga Lookouts
Clearwater Phillies
Clinton LumberKings
Colorado Springs Sky Sox
Columbus Clippers
Columbus RedStixx

Danville Braves
Dayton Dragons
Daytona Cubs
Delmarva Shorebirds
Dunedin Blue Jays
Durham Bulls

Edmonton Trappers
El Paso Diablos
Elizabethton Twins
Erie SeaWolves
Eugene Emeralds
Everett AquaSox

Fort Myers Miracle
Fort Wayne Wizards
Frederick Keys
Fresno Grizzlies

Great Falls Dodgers
Greensboro Bats
Greenville Braves

Hagerstown Suns
Harrisburg Senators
Hickory Crawdads
High Desert Mavericks
Hudson Valley Renegades
Huntsville Stars

Idaho Falls Padres
Indianapolis Indians
Iowa Cubs

Jacksonville Suns
Jamestown Jammers
Johnson City Cardinals
Jupiter Hammerheads

Kane County Cougars
Kannapolis Intimidators
Kingsport Mets
Kinston Indians

Lake Elsinore Storm
Lakeland Tigers
Lakewood BlueClaws
Lancaster JetHawks
Lansing Lugnuts
Las Vegas 51s
Lexington Legends
Louisville RiverBats
Lowell Spinners
Lynchburg Hillcats

Macon Braves
Mahoning Valley Scrappers
Martinsville Astros
Medicine Hat Blue Jays
Memphis Redbirds
Michigan Battle Cats
Midland RockHounds
Missoula Osprey
Mobile BayBears
Modesto A’s
Mudville Nine
Myrtle Beach Pelicans

Nashville Sounds
New Britain Rock Cats
New Haven Ravens
New Jersey Cardinals
New Orleans Zephyrs
Norfolk Tides
Norwich Navigators

Ogden Raptors
Oklahoma RedHawks
Omaha Golden Spikes
Oneonta Tigers
Orlando Rays
Ottawa Lynx

Pawtucket Red Sox
Peoria Chiefs
Pittsfield Astros
Portland Beavers
Portland Sea Dogs
Potomac Cannons
Princeton Devil Rays
Provo Angels
Pulaski Rangers

Quad City River Bandits

Rancho Cucamonga Quakes
Reading Phillies
Richmond Braves
Rochester Red Wings
Round Rock Express

Sacramento River Cats
Salem Avalanche
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes
Salt Lake Stingers
San Antonio Missions
San Bernardino Stampede
San Jose Giants
Sarasota Red Sox
Savannah Sand Gnats
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre Red Barons
Shreveport Swamp Dragons
South Bend Silver Hawks
Spokane Indians
St. Lucie Mets
Staten Island Yankees
Syracuse SkyChiefs

Tacoma Rainiers
Tampa Yankees
Tennessee Smokies
Toledo Mud Hens
Trenton Thunder
Tri-City Dust Devils
Tucson Sidewinders
Tulsa Drillers

Utica Blue Sox

Vancouver Canadians
Vermont Expos
Vero Beach Dodgers
Visalia Oaks

West Michigan Whitecaps
West Tenn Diamond Jaxx
Wichita Wranglers
Williamsport Crosscutters
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Wilmington Waves
Winston-Salem Warthogs
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers

Yakima Bears