List of Philadelphia Phillies minor league affiliates

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Current Philadelphia Phillies northeastern minor league affiliate locations

The Philadelphia Phillies farm system consists of nine Minor League Baseball affiliates across the United States and in the Dominican Republic.[1] Six teams are owned by the major league club, while three—the Lehigh Valley IronPigs, Lakewood BlueClaws, and Williamsport Crosscutters—are independently owned.

On April 14, 1934, the Phillies entered into their first affiliation agreement with the New York–Penn League Hazleton Mountaineers.[2] The Phillies have been affiliated with the Class A Lakewood BlueClaws of the South Atlantic League since 2001, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Phillies.[3] Their newest affiliate is the Lehigh Valley IronPigs of the International League who became the Phillies' Triple-A club in 2008.

Geographically, Philadelphia's closest domestic affiliate is the Reading Fightin Phils of the Double-A Eastern League which is approximately 51 miles (82 km) away. Philadelphia's furthest domestic affiliates are the Clearwater Threshers of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and Gulf Coast League Phillies of the Rookie League Gulf Coast League which share a facility some 931 miles (1,498 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.[4]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A-Advanced Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League Foreign Rookie
2020 Lehigh Valley IronPigs[5] Reading Fightin Phils[6] Clearwater Threshers[6] Lakewood BlueClaws[7] Williamsport Crosscutters[8] GCL Phillies East
GCL Phillies West
DSL Phillies Red
DSL Phillies White
2019 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Fightin Phils Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies East
GCL Phillies West
DSL Phillies Red
DSL Phillies White
2018 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Fightin Phils Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies East
GCL Phillies West
DSL Phillies Red
DSL Phillies White
2017 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Fightin Phils Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies Red
DSL Phillies White
2016 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Fightin Phils Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies 1
DSL Phillies 2
2015 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Fightin Phils Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2014 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Fightin Phils Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2013 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Fightin Phils Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2012 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2011 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2010 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2009 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2008 Lehigh Valley IronPigs Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2007 Ottawa Lynx Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Williamsport Crosscutters GCL Phillies DSL Phillies
VSL Phillies
2006 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
2005 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
2004 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Threshers Lakewood BlueClaws Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
2003 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Lakewood BlueClaws Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
2002 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Lakewood BlueClaws Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
2001 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Lakewood BlueClaws Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
2000 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Piedmont Boll Weevils Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
1999 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Piedmont Boll Weevils Batavia Muckdogs GCL Phillies
1998 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Piedmont Boll Weevils Batavia Muckdogs Martinsville Phillies
1997 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Piedmont Boll Weevils Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1996 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Piedmont Boll Weevils Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1985 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Piedmont Phillies Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1994 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Spartanburg Phillies Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1993 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Spartanburg Phillies Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1992 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Spartanburg Phillies Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1991 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Spartanburg Phillies Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1990 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies Spartanburg Phillies Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies;
Princeton Patriots (Co-op)

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.[4]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Scranton-Wilkes Barre Red Barons Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1988 Maine Phillies Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Batavia Clippers Martinsville Phillies
1987 Maine Guides Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Utica Blue Sox
1986 Portland Beavers Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Utica Blue Sox Bend Phillies
1985 Portland Beavers Reading Phillies Clearwater Phillies
Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Suns
Bend Phillies
1984 Portland Beavers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Suns
Bend Phillies
GCL Phillies
1983 Portland Beavers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Spinners
Bend Phillies
Helena Phillies
1982 Oklahoma City 89ers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Traders
Bend Phillies
Helena Phillies
1981 Oklahoma City 89ers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Traders
Bend Phillies
Helena Phillies
1980 Oklahoma City 89ers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Phillies
Central Oregon Phillies
Helena Phillies
1979 Oklahoma City 89ers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Phillies
Central Oregon Phillies
Helena Phillies
1978 Oklahoma City 89ers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Phillies
Auburn Sunsets (Co-op with Astros) Helena Phillies
1977 Oklahoma City 89ers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Phillies
Auburn Phillies
1976 Oklahoma City 89ers Reading Phillies Peninsula Pilots
Spartanburg Phillies
Auburn Phillies
1975 Toledo Mud Hens Reading Phillies Rocky Mount Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Auburn Phillies Pulaski Phillies
1974 Toledo Mud Hens Reading Phillies Rocky Mount Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Auburn Phillies Pulaski Phillies
1973 Eugene Emeralds Reading Phillies Rocky Mount Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Auburn Phillies Pulaski Phillies
1972 Eugene Emeralds Reading Phillies Spartanburg Phillies Auburn Phillies Pulaski Phillies
1971 Eugene Emeralds Reading Phillies Peninsula Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Walla Walla Phillies
Pulaski Phillies
1970 Eugene Emeralds Reading Phillies Peninsula Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Walla Walla Phillies
Pulaski Phillies
1969 Eugene Emeralds Reading Phillies Raleigh-Durham Phillies
Spartanburg Phillies
Walla Walla Bears
Pulaski Phillies
1968 San Diego Padres Reading Phillies Portsmouth Tides
Spartanburg Phillies
Eugene Emeralds Huron Phillies
1967 San Diego Padres Reading Phillies Portsmouth Tides
Spartanburg Phillies
Bakersfield Bears Huron Phillies
Batavia Trojans
1966 San Diego Padres Macon Peaches Portsmouth Tides
Spartanburg Phillies
Bakersfield Bears Huron Phillies
1965 Arkansas Travelers Chattanooga Lookouts Miami Marlins
Spartanburg Phillies
Bakersfield Bears Huron Phillies
Eugene Emeralds
1964 Arkansas Travelers Chattanooga Lookouts Miami Marlins
Spartanburg Phillies
Bakersfield Bears Eugene Emeralds
1963 Arkansas Travelers Chattanooga Lookouts Miami Marlins
Spartanburg Phillies
Bakersfield Bears Magic Valley Cowboys

1934–1962[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.[4]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class B Class C Class D
1962 Buffalo Bisons
Dallas-Ft Worth Rangers
Williamsport Grays Bakersfield Bears
Magic Valley Cowboys
Dothan Phillies
Miami Marlins
1961 Buffalo Bisons Chattanooga Lookouts Williamsport Grays Des Moines Demons Bakersfield Bears
Magic Valley Cowboys
Elmira Pioneers
Dothan Phillies
1960 Buffalo Bisons
Indianapolis Indians
Chattanooga Lookouts Williamsport Grays
Asheville Tourists
Des Moines Demons Bakersfield Bears Elmira Pioneers
Johnson City Phillies
Tampa Tarpons
1959 Buffalo Bisons Williamsport Grays
Asheville Tourists
Des Moines Demons Bakersfield Bears Elmira Pioneers
Johnson City Phillies
Tampa Tarpons
1958 Miami Marlins Tulsa Oilers Williamsport Grays High PointThomasville Hi-Toms Bakersfield Bears Olean Oilers
Johnson City Phillies
Brunswick Phillies
Tampa Tarpons
1957 Miami Marlins Tulsa Oilers Schenectady Blue Jays High Point-Thomasville Hi-Toms
Lewiston Broncos
Salt Lake City Bees Olean Oilers
Johnson City Phillies
Moultrie Phillies/Brunswick Phillies
Tampa Tarpons
1956 Miami Marlins Schenectady Blue Jays Wilson Tobs Salt Lake City Bees Olean Oilers
Tifton Phillies
Mattoon Phillies
1955 Syracuse Chiefs Schenectady Blue Jays Reidsville Phillies Salt Lake City Bees
Trois-Rivières Phillies
Bradford Phillies
Pulaski Phillies
Mattoon Phillies
1954 Syracuse Chiefs Schenectady Blue Jays
Salem Senators
Terre Haute Phillies Salt Lake City Bees
Trois-Rivières Phillies
Bradford Phillies
Pulaski Phillies
Mattoon Phillies
1953 Baltimore Orioles Schenectady Blue Jays
Spokane Indians
Terre Haute Phillies Salt Lake City Bees
Granby Phillies
Bradford Phillies
Pulaski Phillies
Mattoon Phillies
1952 Baltimore Orioles Schenectady Blue Jays
Tri-City Braves
Terre Haute Phillies
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Salt Lake City Bees
Granby Phillies
Grand Forks Chiefs
Salina Blue Jays
Bradford Phillies
Pulaski Phillies
Miami Eagles
1951 Baltimore Orioles Schenectady Blue Jays Terre Haute Phillies
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Salt Lake City Bees
Grand Forks Chiefs
Salina Blue Jays
Pittsfield Phillies
Bradford Phillies
Elizabethton Phils
Klamath Falls Gems
Lima Phillies
1950 Toronto Maple Leafs Utica Blue Sox Terre Haute Phillies
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Salina Blue Jays
Schenectady Blue Jays
Vandergrift Pioneers
Bradford Phillies
Klamath Falls Gems
Lima Phillies
Americus Phillies
Carbondale Pioneers
1949 Toronto Maple Leafs Utica Blue Sox Terre Haute Phillies
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Portland Pilots
Salina Blue Jays
Schenectady Blue Jays
Vandergrift Pioneers
Bradford Blue Wings
Klamath Falls Gems
Americus Phillies
Carbondale Pioneers
Appleton Papermakers
Pulaski Counts
Seaford Eagles
1948 Toronto Maple Leafs Utica Blue Sox Terre Haute Phillies
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Portland Pilots
Salina Blue Jays
Schenectady Blue Jays
Vandergrift Pioneers
Bradford Blue Wings
Klamath Falls Gems
Americus Phillies
Carbondale Pioneers
Appleton Papermakers
Baton Rouge Red Sticks
Dover Phillies
1947 Utica Blue Sox Terre Haute Phillies
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Salina Blue Jays
Schenectady Blue Jays
Vandergrift Pioneers
Bradford Blue Wings
Americus Phillies
Carbondale Pioneers
Appleton Papermakers
Dover Phillies
1946 Utica Blue Sox Terre Haute Phillies
Wilmington Blue Rocks
Salina Blue Jays
Schenectady Blue Jays
Bradford Blue Wings
Americus Phillies
Dover Phillies
Green Bay Bluejays
1945 Utica Blue Sox Wilmington Blue Rocks Greensboro Patriots Bradford Blue Wings
Concord Weavers
1944 Utica Blue Sox Wilmington Blue Rocks Bradford Blue Wings
1943 Utica Braves Trenton Packers
1942 Trenton Packers Rome Colonels
1941 Allentown Wings Wausau Timberjacks Martinsville Manufacturers
1940 Baltimore Orioles Pensacola Pilots
Portsmouth Cubs
OttawaOgdensburg Senators Martinsville Manufacturers
Dover Orioles
Moultrie Packers
Wausau Timberjacks
1939 Pensacola Pilots
Portsmouth Cubs
Moultrie Packers
Johnstown Johnnies
Mayodan Millers
1938 Montgomery Bombers Centreville Colts
Jonesboro Giants
1937 Centreville Colts
1936 Hazleton Mountaineers
1935 Hazleton Mountaineers
1934 Hazleton Mountaineers

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Phillies Affiliates". Philadelphia Phillies. Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ "Hazelton to Be Phils' Farm". New York Times. April 15, 1934. Retrieved September 29, 2009. 
  3. ^ "Philadelphia Phillies Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  4. ^ 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. 
  5. ^ "IronPigs, Phillies Extend PDC". Ballpark Digest. September 6, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2018. 
  6. ^ a b Reichard, Kevin. "Affiliate Dance". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 12, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Phillies, BlueClaws Extend PDC". Ballpark Digest. August 4, 2016. Retrieved September 11, 2018. 
  8. ^ "Crosscutters, Phillies Extend PDC". Ballpark Digest. September 18, 2017. Retrieved September 11, 2018. 

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