List of Texas Rangers minor league affiliates

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Texas Rangers

1990–present

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 Advanced A. The Rookie level consists of domestic and foreign circuits, the latter based in the Dominican Republic and Venezuela.[1]

Year AAA AA Advanced A A Short Season A Rookie Foreign Rookie
2018 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders Hickory Crawdads
2017 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders Hickory Crawdads
2016 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders High Desert Mavericks Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians
2015 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders High Desert Mavericks Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians
2014 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders Myrtle Beach Pelicans Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers 1
DSL Rangers 2
2013 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders Myrtle Beach Pelicans Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2012 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders Myrtle Beach Pelicans Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2011 Round Rock Express Frisco RoughRiders Myrtle Beach Pelicans Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2010 Oklahoma City RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Bakersfield Blaze Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2009 Oklahoma City RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Bakersfield Blaze Hickory Crawdads Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers 1
DSL Rangers 2
2008 Oklahoma RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers 1
DSL Rangers 2
2007 Oklahoma RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2006 Oklahoma RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2005 Oklahoma RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Bakersfield Blaze Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2004 Oklahoma RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Stockton Ports Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2003 Oklahoma RedHawks Frisco RoughRiders Stockton Ports Clinton LumberKings Spokane Indians AZL Rangers DSL Rangers
2002 Oklahoma RedHawks Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Savannah Sand Gnats Pulaski Rangers
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers
2001 Oklahoma RedHawks Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Savannah Sand Gnats Pulaski Rangers
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers
2000 Oklahoma RedHawks Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Savannah Sand Gnats Pulaski Rangers
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers
1999 Oklahoma RedHawks Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Savannah Sand Gnats Pulaski Rangers
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers
1998 Oklahoma RedHawks Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Savannah Sand Gnats Pulaski Rangers
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers
1997 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Pulaski Rangers
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers 1
DSL Rangers 2
1996 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Charleston RiverDogs GCL Rangers DSL Rangers
1995 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades GCL Rangers DSL Rangers
1994 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Charleston RiverDogs Hudson Valley Renegades GCL Rangers
1993 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Charleston Rainbows Erie Sailors GCL Rangers
1992 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Gastonia Rangers Butte Copper Kings
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers/Marlins
1991 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Gastonia Rangers Butte Copper Kings
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers
1990 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers Gastonia Rangers Butte Copper Kings
GCL Rangers
DSL Rangers

1972–1989

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 (AAA, AA, 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 Short Season A in 1966.[1]

Year AAA AA A Short Season A Rookie
1989 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers, Gastonia Rangers Butte Copper Kings, GCL Rangers
1988 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers, Gastonia Rangers Butte Copper Kings, GCL Rangers
1987 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Port Charlotte Rangers, Gastonia Rangers GCL Rangers
1986 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Salem Redbirds, Daytona Beach Admirals GCL Rangers
1985 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Salem Redbirds, Burlington Rangers GCL Rangers
1984 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Salem Redbirds, Burlington Rangers Tri-Cities Triplets GCL Rangers
1983 Oklahoma City 89ers Tulsa Drillers Burlington Rangers Tri-Cities Triplets GCL Rangers
1982 Denver Bears Tulsa Drillers Burlington Rangers GCL Rangers
1981 Wichita Aeros Tulsa Drillers Asheville Tourists GCL Rangers
1980 Charleston Charlies Tulsa Drillers Asheville Tourists GCL Rangers
1979[2] Tucson Toros Tulsa Drillers Asheville Tourists GCL Rangers
1978 Tucson Toros Tulsa Drillers Asheville Tourists GCL Rangers
1977 Tucson Toros Tulsa Drillers Asheville Tourists GCL Rangers
1976 Sacramento Solons San Antonio Brewers Asheville Tourists GCL Rangers
1975 Spokane Indians Pittsfield Rangers Lynchburg Rangers, Anderson Rangers GCL Rangers
1974[3] Spokane Indians Pittsfield Rangers Gastonia Rangers GCL Rangers
1973 Spokane Indians Pittsfield Rangers Gastonia Rangers GCL Rangers
1972 Denver Bears Pittsfield Rangers Burlington Rangers Geneva Senators, Greenville Rangers

Washington Senators

1963–1971

Year AAA AA A Short Season A Rookie
1971 Denver Bears Pittsfield Senators Burlington Senators, Anderson Senators Geneva Senators
1970 Denver Bears Pittsfield Senators Burlington Senators, Anderson Senators Geneva Senators
1969 Buffalo Bisons Burlington Senators, Shelby Senators Wytheville Senators
1968 Buffalo Bisons Savannah Senators Burlington Senators, Salisbury Senators Geneva Senators
1967 Hawaii Islanders York White Roses Burlington Senators Geneva Senators
1966 Hawaii Islanders York White Roses Burlington Senators, Geneva Senators
1965[4] Hawaii Islanders York White Roses Burlington Senators, Geneva Senators Wytheville Senators
1964 York White Roses Rocky Mount Senators, Geneva Senators
1963[5] York White Roses Peninsula Senators, Wisconsin Rapids Senators, Geneva Senators

Pre-1963

The minors operated with six classes (AAA, AA, A, B, C, D) from 1946 to 1962. The Pacific Coast League (PCL) was reclassified from AAA 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 A to AA, 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. The Alabama–Florida League folded following the 1962 campaign.[1]

Year AAA AA A B C D
1962 Raleigh Capitals Middlesboro Senators, Pensacola Senators
1961 Middlesboro Senators, Pensacola Senators

References

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 Cronin, John. "Truth in the Minor League Class Structure: The Case for the Reclassification of the Minors", The Baseball Research Journal (Society for American Baseball Research), Spring 2013.
  2. Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1979.
  3. Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1974.
  4. Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1965.
  5. Official Baseball Record Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1963.

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