Minor League Realignment

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The minor leagues has been put into a complete change for the 2021 season. You know the old saying, “If you want to know the players, then you need a scorecard.” This is your scorecard.

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Minor League Triple A (AAA)

Triple-A East
Buffalo Bisons – Toronto
Charlotte Knights – Chicago (AL)
Columbus Clippers – Cleveland
Durham Bulls – Tampa Bay
Gwinnett Stripers – Atlanta
Indianapolis Indians – Pittsburgh
Iowa Cubs – Chicago (NL)
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp – Miami
Lehigh Valley IronPigs – Philadelphia
Louisville Bats – Cincinnati
Memphis Redbirds – St. Louis
Nashville Sounds – Milwaukee
Norfolk Tides – Baltimore
Omaha Storm Chasers – Kansas City
Rochester Red Wings – Washington
Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders – New York (AL)
St. Paul Saints – Minnesota
Syracuse Mets – New York (NL)
Toledo Mud Hens – Detroit
Worcester Red Sox – Boston

Triple-A West
Albuquerque Isotopes – Colorado
El Paso Chihuahuas – San Diego
Las Vegas Aviators – Oakland
Oklahoma City Dodgers – Los Angeles
Reno Aces – Arizona
Round Rock Express – Texas
Sacramento River Cats – San Francisco
Salt Lake Bees – Anaheim
Sugar Land Skeeters – Houston
Tacoma Rainiers – Seattle

Minor League Double A (AA)

Double-A Central
Amarillo Sod Poodles – Arizona
Arkansas Travelers – Seattle
Corpus Christi Hooks – Houston
Frisco RoughRiders – Texas
Midland RockHounds – Oakland
Northwest Arkansas Naturals – Kansas City
San Antonio Missions – San Diego
Springfield Cardinals – St. Louis
Tulsa Drillers – Los Angeles
Wichita Wind Surge – Minnesota


Minor Leagues affiliates by Major League Club

Baltimore Orioles: AAA Norfolk (Virginia); AA Bowie (Maryland); high-A Aberdeen (Maryland, up from short-season A); low-A Delmarva (Maryland).

Boston Red Sox: AAA Worcester (Massachusetts, relocated from Pawtucket, Rhode Island); AA Portland (Maine); high-A Greenville (South Carolina, up from low A); low-A Salem (Virginia, down from high-A).

Chicago White Sox: AAA Charlotte; AA Birmingham (Alabama); high-A Winston-Salem (North Carolina); low-A Kannapolis (North Carolina).

Cleveland Indians: AAA Columbus (Ohio); AA Akron (Ohio); high-A Lake County (Ohio, up from low-A); low-A Lynchburg (Virginia, down from high-A).

Detroit Tigers: AAA Toledo (Ohio); AA Erie (Pa.); high-A West Michigan (up from low-A); low-A Lakeland (Florida, down from high-A).

Houston Astros: AAA Sugar Land (Texas, from independent league); AA Corpus Christi (Texas); high-A Asheville (North Carolina); low-A Fayetteville (North Carolina, down from low-A).

Kansas City Royals: AAA Omaha; AA Northwest Arkansas; high-A Quad Cities (Iowa); low-A Columbia (South Carolina).

Los Angeles Angels: AAA Salt Lake City; AA Rocket City (Alabama); high-A Tri-City (Washington); low-A Inland Empire (California, down from high-A). Out: Low-A Burlington (Iowa); rookie Orem (Utah, to independent league).

Minnesota Twins: AAA St. Paul (Minnesota, from independent league); AA Wichita (Kansas, from AAA); high-A Cedar Rapids (Iowa, from low-A); low-A Fort Myers (Florida, from high-A).

New York Yankees: AAA Scranton/Wilkes-Barre (Pennsylvania); AA Somerset (New Jersey, from independent league); high-A Hudson Valley (New York, up from short-season); low-A Tampa (Florida, down from high-A).

Oakland Athletics: AAA Las Vegas; AA Midland (Texas); high-A Lansing (Michigan); low-A Stockton (down from high-A).

Seattle Mariners: AAA Tacoma; AA Arkansas; high-A Everett (Washington, up from short-season A); low-A Modesto (down from high-A). 

Tampa Bay Rays: AAA Durham (North Carolina); AA Montgomery (Alabama); high-A Bowling Green (Kentucky, up from low-A); low-A Charleston (South Carolina).

Texas Rangers: AAA Round Rock (Texas); AA Frisco (Texas); high-A Hickory (North Carolina, up from low A); low-A Down East (North Carolina, down from high A).

Toronto Blue Jays: AAA Buffalo; AA New Hampshire; high-A Vancouver (British Columbia, up from low A); low-A Dunedin (Florida, down from high-A).

National League

Arizona Diamondbacks: AAA Reno; AA Amarillo (Texas); high-A Hillsboro (Oregon, up from low-A); low-A Visalia (California, down from high-A).

Atlanta Braves: AAA Gwinnett County (Georgia); AA Mississippi; high-A Rome (Georgia, up from low-A); low-A Augusta (Georgia).

Chicago Cubs: AAA Iowa; AA Tennessee; high-A South Bend (Indiana, up from low-A); low-A Myrtle Beach (South Carolina, down from high-A).

Cincinnati Reds: AAA Louisville; AA Chattanooga; high-A Dayton (Ohio, up from low A); low-A Daytona (Florida, down from high-A).

Colorado Rockies: AAA Albuquerque; AA Hartford; high-A Spokane (Washington); low-A Fresno or Lancaster (California).

Los Angeles Dodgers: AAA Oklahoma City; AA Tulsa; high-A Great Lakes (Michigan, up from low A); low-A Rancho Cucamonga (California, down from high A).

Miami Marlins: AAA Jacksonville (Florida, up from AA); AA Pensacola; high-A Beloit (Wisconsin), up from low-A; low-A Jupiter (Florida, down from high-A).

Milwaukee Brewers: AAA Nashville; AA Biloxi (Mississippi); high-A Wisconsin (up from low-A); low-A Carolina (down from high-A). Out: AAA San Antonio (to San Diego AA); rookie Rocky Mountain (Colorado, to independent league).

New York Mets: AAA Syracuse; AA Binghamton (New York); high-A Brooklyn (up from short-season); low-A St. Lucie (Florida, down from high-A).

Philadelphia Phillies: AAA Lehigh Valley (Pennsylvania); AA Reading (Pennsylvania); high-A Jersey Shore (up from low-A); low-A Clearwater (Florida, down from high-A).

Pittsburgh Pirates: AAA Indianapolis; Class AA Altoona (Pennsylvania); high-A Greensboro (North Carolina, up from low-A); low-A Bradenton (Florida, down from high-A).

San Diego Padres: AAA El Paso; AA San Antonio; high-A Fort Wayne (Indiana, up from low-A); low-A Lake Elsinore (California, down from high-A. 

San Francisco Giants: AAA Sacramento; AA Richmond (Virginia); high-A Eugene (Oregon); low-A San Jose (down from high-A).

St. Louis Cardinals: AAA Memphis; AA Springfield (Missouri); high-A Peoria (Illinois, up from low-A); low-A Palm Beach (down from high-A).

Washington Nationals: AAA Rochester (New York); AA Harrisburg (Pennsylvania); high-A Wilmington (Delaware); low-A Fredericksburg (Virginia, down from high-A).


About the author– Tom Knuppel has been writing about baseball and sports for a few decades. As an avid St. Louis Cardinals fan he began with the blog CardinalsGM. Tom is a member of the United Cardinals Bloggers and the Baseball Bloggers Alliance. He also maintains the History of Cardinals website. More recently he has been busy at KnupSolutions and the primary writer of many sports at KnupSports and adds content at Sports 2.0. Tom is a retired High School English and Speech teacher and has completed over one hundred sports book reviews. He also can be followed on twitter at tknup or email him at tknuppel@gmail.com


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