List of Toronto Blue Jays minor league affiliates

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The Toronto Blue Jays farm system consists of eight Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in Canada and the Dominican Republic.[1] Five teams are independently owned, while three—the Dunedin Blue Jays, Gulf Coast League Blue Jays and Dominican Summer League Blue Jays—are owned by the major league club.

The Blue Jays have been affiliated with the Double-A New Hampshire Fisher Cats of the Eastern League since 2004, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Blue Jays.[2] Their newest affiliate is the Buffalo Bisons of the International League which became the Blue Jays' Triple-A club in 2013.[2] The longest affiliation in team history was the 31-year relationship with the Triple-A International League's Syracuse Chiefs from 1978 to 2008.[2]

Geographically, Toronto's closest affiliate is the Buffalo Bisons of the Triple-A International League which is approximately 59 miles (95 km) away. Toronto's furthest affiliate is the Vancouver Canadians of the Class A Short Season Northwest League some 2,087 miles (3,359 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 Buffalo Bisons[4] New Hampshire Fisher Cats[5] Dunedin Blue Jays[5] Lansing Lugnuts[6] Vancouver Canadians[7] Bluefield Blue Jays[8]
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2019 Buffalo Bisons New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2018 Buffalo Bisons New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2017 Buffalo Bisons New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2016 Buffalo Bisons New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2015 Buffalo Bisons New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2014 Buffalo Bisons New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2013 Buffalo Bisons[9] New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2012 Las Vegas 51s New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians Bluefield Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2011 Las Vegas 51s New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Vancouver Canadians[10] Bluefield Blue Jays[11]
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
2010 Las Vegas 51s New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Auburn Doubledays GCL Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
2009 Las Vegas 51s[12] New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Auburn Doubledays GCL Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
2008 Syracuse Chiefs New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Auburn Doubledays GCL Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays 1
DSL Blue Jays 2
2007 Syracuse Chiefs New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Auburn Doubledays GCL Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays 1
DSL Blue Jays 2
2006 Syracuse SkyChiefs New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts Auburn Doubledays Pulaski Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
2005 Syracuse SkyChiefs New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Lansing Lugnuts[13] Auburn Doubledays Pulaski Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
2004 Syracuse SkyChiefs New Hampshire Fisher Cats Dunedin Blue Jays Charleston Alley Cats Auburn Doubledays Pulaski Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
2003 Syracuse SkyChiefs New Haven Ravens[14] Dunedin Blue Jays Charleston Alley Cats Auburn Doubledays Pulaski Blue Jays[15] DSL Blue Jays
2002 Syracuse SkyChiefs Tennessee Smokies[14] Dunedin Blue Jays Charleston Alley Cats Auburn Doubledays Medicine Hat Blue Jays[15] DSL Blue Jays
2001 Syracuse SkyChiefs Tennessee Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Charleston Alley Cats Auburn Doubledays Medicine Hat Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
2000 Syracuse SkyChiefs Tennessee Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns Queens Kings Medicine Hat Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
1999 Syracuse SkyChiefs Knoxville Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns St. Catharines Stompers Medicine Hat Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
1998 Syracuse SkyChiefs Knoxville Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns St. Catharines Stompers Medicine Hat Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
1997 Syracuse SkyChiefs Knoxville Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns St. Catharines Stompers Medicine Hat Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
1996 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns St. Catharines Stompers Medicine Hat Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays
1995 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays
1994 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Smokies Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays 1
DSL Blue Jays 2
1993 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Smokies[16] Dunedin Blue Jays Hagerstown Suns St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays East
DSL Blue Jays West
1992 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Dunedin Blue Jays Myrtle Beach Hurricanes St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays East
DSL Blue Jays West
1991 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Dunedin Blue Jays Myrtle Beach Hurricanes St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
GCL Blue Jays
DSL Blue Jays 1
DSL Blue Jays 2
1990 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Dunedin Blue Jays Myrtle Beach Blue Jays St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays DSL Blue Jays

1977–1989[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 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Dunedin Blue Jays, Myrtle Beach Blue Jays St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays, DSL Blue Jays
1988 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Dunedin Blue Jays, Myrtle Beach Blue Jays St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
1987 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Dunedin Blue Jays, Myrtle Beach Blue Jays St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
1986 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Florence Blue Jays, Ventura County Gulls St. Catharines Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
1985 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Florence Blue Jays, Kinston Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
1984 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Florence Blue Jays, Kinston Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
1983 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Florence Blue Jays, Kinston Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
1982 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Florence Blue Jays, Kinston Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
1981 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays Florence Blue Jays, Kinston Eagles Medicine Hat Blue Jays, GCL Blue Jays
1980 Syracuse Chiefs Knoxville Blue Jays[16] Kinston Eagles Utica Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
1979 Syracuse Chiefs Dunedin Blue Jays, Kinston Eagles Utica Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays
1978 Syracuse Chiefs Dunedin Blue Jays Utica Blue Jays Medicine Hat Blue Jays[15]
1977 Utica Blue Jays

References[edit]

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  5. ^ a b Reichard, Kevin. "Affiliate Dance". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
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  7. ^ "Vancouver, Toronto Extend PDC Through 2022". Ballpark Digest. January 22, 2018. Retrieved September 12, 2018.
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  9. ^ Meisel, Zack. "Toronto signs two-year contract with Triple-A Buffalo", MLB.com, Friday, September 21, 2012
  10. ^ "Blue Jays partner with Vancouver", Toronto Blue Jays press release, Friday, September 17, 2010
  11. ^ "Blue Jays to Play in Bluefield", Toronto Blue Jays press release, Tuesday, September 7, 2010
  12. ^ Bastian, Jordan. "Jays welcome Las Vegas 51s into fold", MLB.com, Tuesday, September 23, 2008
  13. ^ "Blue Jays reach agreement with Lansing Lugnuts", Toronto Blue Jays press release, Wednesday, September 15, 2004
  14. ^ a b "Blue Jays move to the Eastern League", Toronto Blue Jays press release, Friday, September 20, 2002
  15. ^ a b c "Blue Jays move to Appalachian League", Toronto Blue Jays press release, Tuesday, September 17, 2002
  16. ^ a b Team History (1896–present) – Tennessee Smokies.

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