List of San Diego Padres minor league affiliates

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The San Diego Padres farm system consists of eight Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Five teams are independently owned, while three—two Arizona League Padres squads and the Dominican Summer League Padres—are owned by the major league club.

The Padres have been affiliated with the Class A Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Midwest League since 1999, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Padres.[2] This is also the longest affiliation in team history. Their newest affiliate is the Amarillo Sod Poodles of the Texas League which became the Padres' Double-A club in 2019.[2]

Geographically, San Diego's closest domestic affiliate is the Lake Elsinore Storm of the Class A-Advanced California League which is approximately 66 miles (106 km) away. San Diego's furthest domestic affiliate is the Fort Wayne TinCaps of the Class A Midwest League some 1,849 miles (2,976 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 El Paso Chihuahuas[4] Amarillo Sod Poodles[5] Lake Elsinore Storm[6] Fort Wayne TinCaps[7] Tri-City Dust Devils[6] AZL Padres 1
AZL Padres 2
DSL Padres
2019 El Paso Chihuahuas Amarillo Sod Poodles Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Tri-City Dust Devils AZL Padres 1
AZL Padres 2
DSL Padres
2018 El Paso Chihuahuas San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Tri-City Dust Devils AZL Padres 1
AZL Padres 2
DSL Padres
2017 El Paso Chihuahuas San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Tri-City Dust Devils AZL Padres 1
AZL Padres 2
DSL Padres
2016 El Paso Chihuahuas San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Tri-City Dust Devils AZL Padres DSL Padres
2015 El Paso Chihuahuas San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Tri-City Dust Devils AZL Padres DSL Padres
2014 El Paso Chihuahuas San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2013 Tucson Padres San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2012 Tucson Padres San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2011 Tucson Padres San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2010 Portland Beavers San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2009 Portland Beavers San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne TinCaps Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2008 Portland Beavers San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2007 Portland Beavers San Antonio Missions Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2006 Portland Beavers Mobile BayBears Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2005 Portland Beavers Mobile BayBears Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2004 Portland Beavers Mobile BayBears Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds AZL Padres DSL Padres
2003 Portland Beavers Mobile BayBears Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds Idaho Falls Padres DSL Padres
2002 Portland Beavers Mobile BayBears Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds Idaho Falls Padres DSL Padres
2001 Portland Beavers Mobile BayBears Lake Elsinore Storm Fort Wayne Wizards Eugene Emeralds Idaho Falls Padres DSL Padres
2000 Las Vegas Stars Mobile BayBears Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Fort Wayne Wizards Idaho Falls Padres
AZL Padres
DSL Padres
1999 Las Vegas Stars Mobile BayBears Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Fort Wayne Wizards Idaho Falls Braves
AZL Padres
DSL Padres
1998 Las Vegas Stars Mobile BayBears Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Clinton LumberKings Idaho Falls Braves
AZL Padres
DSL Padres
1997 Las Vegas Stars Mobile BayBears Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Clinton LumberKings Idaho Falls Braves
AZL Padres
DSL Padres
1996 Las Vegas Stars Memphis Chicks Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Clinton LumberKings Idaho Falls Braves
AZL Padres
1995 Las Vegas Stars Memphis Chicks Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Clinton LumberKings Idaho Falls Braves
AZL Padres
1994 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Wranglers Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Springfield Sultans Spokane Indians AZL Padres
1993 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Wranglers Rancho Cucamonga Quakes Waterloo Diamonds Spokane Indians AZL Padres
1992 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Wranglers High Desert Mavericks Waterloo Diamonds, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians AZL Padres
1991 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Wranglers High Desert Mavericks Waterloo Diamonds, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians AZL Padres
1990 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Wranglers Riverside Red Wave Waterloo Diamonds, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians AZL Padres

1969–1989[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 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Wranglers Riverside Red Wave, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians AZL Padres
1988 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Pilots Riverside Red Wave, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians AZL Padres
1987 Las Vegas Stars Wichita Pilots Reno Padres, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians
1986 Las Vegas Stars Beaumont Golden Gators Reno Padres, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians
1985 Las Vegas Stars Beaumont Golden Gators Reno Padres, Charleston Rainbows Spokane Indians
1984 Las Vegas Stars Beaumont Golden Gators Reno Padres, Miami Marlins Spokane Indians
1983 Las Vegas Stars Beaumont Golden Gators Reno Padres, Salem Redbirds, Miami Marlins Spokane Indians
1982 Hawaii Islanders Amarillo Gold Sox Reno Padres, Salem Redbirds Walla Walla Padres GCL Padres
1981 Hawaii Islanders Amarillo Gold Sox Reno Silver Sox, Salem Redbirds Walla Walla Padres GCL Padres
1980 Hawaii Islanders Amarillo Gold Sox Reno Silver Sox Walla Walla Padres
1979[8] Hawaii Islanders Amarillo Gold Sox Reno Silver Sox Walla Walla Padres
1978 Hawaii Islanders Amarillo Gold Sox Reno Silver Sox Walla Walla Padres
1977 Hawaii Islanders Amarillo Gold Sox Reno Silver Sox Walla Walla Padres
1976 Hawaii Islanders Amarillo Gold Sox Walla Walla Padres
1975 Hawaii Islanders Alexandria Aces Walla Walla Padres
1974[9] Hawaii Islanders Alexandria Aces Walla Walla Padres
1973 Hawaii Islanders Alexandria Aces Walla Walla Padres
1972 Hawaii Islanders Alexandria Aces Walla Walla Islanders, Tri-City Padres
1971 Hawaii Islanders Lodi Padres Tri-City Padres
1970 Salt Lake City Bees Lodi Padres Tri-City Padres
1969 Salt Lake City Bees

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Padres Affiliates". Oakland Athletics. Major League Baseball. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "San Diego Padres Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved July 29, 2017.
  3. ^ a b 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. ^ Spedden, Zach (February 8, 2019). "Padres, Chihuahuas Extend PDC Through 2022". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved February 8, 2019.
  5. ^ "Padres, Amarillo Agree to Affiliation". Ballpark Digest. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  6. ^ a b "Dust Devils, Padres Extend Affiliation Through 2020". Ballpark Digest. October 1, 2018. Retrieved October 1, 2018.
  7. ^ "TinCaps, Padres Extend PDC Through 2020". Ballpark Digest. June 22, 2018. Retrieved September 11, 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.

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