List of Boston Red Sox minor league affiliates

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The Boston Red Sox farm system consists of eight Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Four teams are independently owned, while four—the Salem Red Sox, Gulf Coast League Red Sox, and two Dominican Summer League Red Sox squads—are owned by the major league club.

The Red Sox have been affiliated with the Triple-A Pawtucket Red Sox of the International League since 1973, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Red Sox.[2] It is also the longest affiliation in the team's history. Their newest affiliate is the Greenville Drive of the South Atlantic League which became the Red Sox' Class A club in 2005.[2]

Geographically, Boston's closest domestic affiliate is the Lowell Spinners of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League which is approximately 24 miles (39 km) away. Boston's furthest domestic affiliate is the Gulf Coast League Red Sox of the Rookie League Gulf Coast League some 1,247 miles (2,007 km) away.

1990–present[edit]

The current structure of Minor League Baseball has been in effect since the 1990 season when the Class A level was subdivided for a second time with the creation of Class A-Advanced. The Rookie level consists of domestic and foreign circuits.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2020 Pawtucket Red Sox[4] Portland Sea Dogs[5] Salem Red Sox[6] Greenville Drive[7] Lowell Spinners[4] GCL Red Sox DSL Red Sox 1
DSL Red Sox 2
2019
2018
2017 DSL Red Sox
2016
2015 DSL Red Sox 1
DSL Red Sox 2
2014 DSL Red Sox
2013
2012
2011
2010
2009
2008 Lancaster JetHawks
2007
2006 Wilmington Blue Rocks
2005 Greenville Bombers
2004 Sarasota Red Sox Augusta GreenJackets DSL Red Sox
Ciudad Alianza
2003 DSL Red Sox 1
DSL Red Sox 2
2002 Trenton Thunder DSL Red Sox
2001
2000
1999
1998 Michigan Battle Cats
1997
1996
1995 Utica Blue Sox
1994 New Britain Red Sox Sarasota Red Sox
Lynchburg Red Sox
1993 Fort Lauderdale Red Sox
Lynchburg Red Sox
1992 Winter Haven Red Sox
Lynchburg Red Sox
Elmira Pioneers
1991
1990

1963–1989[edit]

The foundation of the minors' current structure was the result of a reorganization initiated by Major League Baseball (MLB) before the 1963 season. The reduction from six classes to four (Triple-A, Double-AA, Class A, and Rookie) was a response to the general decline of the minors throughout the 1950s and early-1960s when leagues and teams folded due to shrinking attendance caused by baseball fans' preference for staying at home to watch MLB games on television. The only change made within the next 27 years was Class A being subdivided for the first time to form Class A Short Season in 1966.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Pawtucket Red Sox New Britain Red Sox Winter Haven Red Sox, Lynchburg Red Sox Elmira Pioneers GCL Red Sox
1988
1987 Winter Haven Red Sox, Greensboro Hornets
1986
1985
1984 Winter Haven Red Sox, Winston-Salem Spirits
1983 Winter Haven Red Sox, Winston-Salem Red Sox
1982 Bristol Red Sox
1981
1980
1979[8]
1978
1977
1976 Rhode Island Red Sox
1975 Pawtucket Red Sox
1974[9]
1973
1972 Louisville Colonels Pawtucket Red Sox Williamsport Red Sox
1971 Winter Haven Red Sox, Winston-Salem Red Sox, Greenville Red Sox
1970 Jamestown Falcons
1969 Pittsfield Red Sox
1968 Winston-Salem Red Sox, Greenville Red Sox, Waterloo Hawks
1967 Toronto Maple Leafs
1966 Winston-Salem Red Sox, Waterloo Hawks, Oneonta Red Sox Covington Red Sox
1965[10] Winston-Salem Red Sox, Waterloo Hawks, Wellsville Red Sox Harlan Red Sox
1964 Seattle Rainiers Reading Red Sox
1963[11]

1932–1962[edit]

The minors operated with six classes (Triple-A, Double-A, and Classes A, B, C, and D) from 1946 to 1962. The Pacific Coast League (PCL) was reclassified from Triple-A to Open in 1952 due to the possibility of becoming a third major league. This arrangement ended following the 1957 season when the relocation of the National League's Dodgers and Giants to the West Coast killed any chance of the PCL being promoted. The 1963 reorganization resulted in the Eastern and South Atlantic Leagues being elevated from Class A to Double-A, five of seven Class D circuits plus the ones in B and C upgraded to A, and the Appalachian League reclassified from D to Rookie.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class B Class C Class D
1962 Seattle Rainiers York White Roses Winston-Salem Red Sox Pocatello Chiefs Waterloo Hawks
Olean Red Sox
1961 Seattle Rainiers Johnstown Red Sox Winston-Salem Red Sox Waterloo Hawks
Alpine Cowboys
Olean Red Sox
1960 Minneapolis Millers Allentown Red Sox Raleigh Capitals Waterloo Hawks
Corning Red Sox
Alpine Cowboys
1959 Minneapolis Millers Allentown Red Sox Raleigh Capitals Waterloo Hawks
Corning Cor-Sox
Alpine Cowboys
1958 Minneapolis Millers Memphis Chickasaws Allentown Red Sox Raleigh Capitals Waterloo Hawks
Corning Red Sox
Lexington Red Sox
1957[12] San Francisco Seals (Open) Oklahoma City Indians Albany Senators Greensboro Patriots Corning Red Sox
Lexington Red Sox
Lafayette Red Sox
1956 San Francisco Seals (Open) Oklahoma City Indians Albany Senators Greensboro Patriots Corning Red Sox
Lexington Red Sox
Lafayette Red Sox
1955 Louisville Colonels Montgomery Rebels Greensboro Patriots San Jose Red Sox Corning Red Sox
Bluefield Blue-Grays
1954 Louisville Colonels Albany Senators Greensboro Patriots San Jose Red Sox Corning Red Sox
Bluefield Blue-Grays
1953 Louisville Colonels Albany Senators Roanoke Ro-Sox
Greensboro Patriots
San Jose Red Sox Salisbury Rocots
1952 Louisville Colonels Birmingham Barons Albany Senators Roanoke Ro-Sox San Jose Red Sox High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms
1951 Louisville Colonels Birmingham Barons Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Ro-Sox San Jose Red Sox
Oneonta Red Sox
Marion Red Sox
High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms
1950 Louisville Colonels Birmingham Barons Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox San Jose Red Sox
Oneonta Red Sox
Marion Red Sox
Kinston Eagles
1949 Louisville Colonels Birmingham Barons Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox San Jose Red Sox
Oneonta Red Sox
Marion Red Sox
Valley Rebels
Hornell Maple Leafs
1948[13] Louisville Colonels Birmingham Barons Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox
Lynn Red Sox
San Jose Red Sox
Oneonta Red Sox
Auburn Cayugas
El Paso Texans
Milford Red Sox
Wellsville Nitros
Valley Rebels
Oroville Red Sox
1947 Louisville Colonels
Toronto Maple Leafs
New Orleans Pelicans Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox
Lynn Red Sox
San Jose Red Sox
Oneonta Red Sox
Milford Red Sox
Wellsville Nitros
1946 Louisville Colonels New Orleans Pelicans Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox
Lynn Red Sox
Oneonta Red Sox Milford Red Sox
Tarboro Tars
Geneva Red Birds
New Iberia Cardinals
1945 Louisville Colonels Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox
1944 Louisville Colonels Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox Middletown Red Sox
1943 Louisville Colonels Scranton Red Sox Roanoke Red Sox
1942 Louisville Colonels Scranton Red Sox Greensboro Red Sox Canton Terriers
Oneonta Indians
Danville-Schoolfield Leafs
Owensboro Oilers
1941 Louisville Colonels Scranton Red Sox Greensboro Red Sox Canton Terriers
Oneonta Indians
Danville-Schoolfield Leafs
Centreville Red Sox
Owensboro Oilers
1940 Louisville Colonels Scranton Red Sox
Little Rock Travelers
Rocky Mount Red Sox Canton Terriers Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
Danville-Schoolfield Leafs
Centreville Red Sox
1939 Louisville Colonels Scranton Red Sox
Little Rock Travelers
Rocky Mount Red Sox Canton Terriers
Clarksdale Red Sox
Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
Danville-Schoolfield Leafs
Centreville Colts
1938 Minneapolis Millers Little Rock Travelers
Hazleton Red Sox
Rocky Mount Red Sox Canton Terriers
Clarksdale Red Sox
Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
Crookston Pirates
1937 San Diego Padres
Minneapolis Millers
Little Rock Travelers
Hazleton Red Sox
Rocky Mount Red Sox Canton Terriers
Brockville Blues
Elizabethton Betsy Red Sox
Centreville Colts
Mansfield Red Sox
Moultrie Packers
1936 San Diego Padres
Syracuse Chiefs
Little Rock Travelers
Elmira Pioneers
Rocky Mount Red Sox Canton Terriers McKeesport Tubers
Eau Claire Bears
1935 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Smokies Charlotte Hornets Shreveport Sports/Gladewater Bears
1934 Syracuse Chiefs Reading Red Sox Columbia Sandlappers/Asheville Tourists Joplin Miners
1933 Reading Red Sox
1932 Hazleton Mountaineers
Wilmington Pirates

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Red Sox Affiliates". Boston Red Sox. Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Boston Red Sox Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  3. ^ a b c Cronin, John (Spring 2013). "Truth in the Minor League Class Structure: The Case for the Reclassification of the Minors". The Baseball Research Journal. Society for American Baseball Research. Retrieved July 27, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Red Sox Extend Affiliations with PawSox, Spinners". Ballpark Digest. January 5, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  5. ^ "Sea Dogs, Red Sox Extend PDC Through 2022". Ballpark Digest. January 16, 2019. Retrieved January 16, 2019.
  6. ^ Reichard, Kevin. "Affiliate Dance". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  7. ^ "Drive, Red Sox extend player development contract". Ballpark Digest. January 27, 2016. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
  8. ^ Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1979.
  9. ^ Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1974.
  10. ^ Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1965.
  11. ^ Official Baseball Record Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1963.
  12. ^ Official Baseball Guide. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1957.
  13. ^ Official Baseball Guide. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1948.

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