List of St. Louis Cardinals minor league affiliates

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The St. Louis Cardinals 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 Memphis Redbirds, Peoria Chiefs, and State College Spikes—are independently owned.

The Cardinals have been affiliated with the Triple-A Memphis Redbirds of the Pacific Coast League since 1998, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Cardinals.[2] Their newest affiliates are the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League and State College Spikes of the Class A Short Season New York–Penn League who became Cardinals affiliates in 2013. The longest affiliation in team history was the 33-year relationship with the Triple-A International League's Rochester Red Wings from 1929 to 1960.[2]

Geographically, St. Louis' closest domestic affiliate is the Peoria Chiefs of the Class A Midwest League which is approximately 146 miles (235 km) away. St. Louis' furthest domestic affiliates are the Palm Beach Cardinals of the Class A-Advanced Florida State League and Gulf Coast League Cardinals of the Rookie League Gulf Coast League which share a facility some 998 miles (1,606 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 Memphis Redbirds[4] Springfield Cardinals[5] Palm Beach Cardinals[5] Peoria Chiefs[6] State College Spikes[7] Johnson City Cardinals[5]
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals Blue
DSL Cardinals Red
2019 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals Blue
DSL Cardinals Red
2018 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals Blue
DSL Cardinals Red
2017 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
2016 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
2015 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
2014 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
2013 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
2012 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Quad Cities River Bandits Batavia Muckdogs Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
2011 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Quad Cities River Bandits Batavia Muckdogs Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
2010 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Quad Cities River Bandits Batavia Muckdogs Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
VSL Cardinals
2009 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Quad Cities River Bandits Batavia Muckdogs Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
VSL Cardinals
2008 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Quad Cities River Bandits Batavia Muckdogs Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
VSL Cardinals
2007 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Swing of the Quad Cities Batavia Muckdogs Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
DSL Cardinals
VSL Cardinals
2006 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Swing of the Quad Cities State College Spikes Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
VSL Cardinals
2005 Memphis Redbirds Springfield Cardinals Palm Beach Cardinals Swing of the Quad Cities New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
2004 Memphis Redbirds Tennessee Smokies Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
2003 Memphis Redbirds Tennessee Smokies Palm Beach Cardinals Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
2002 Memphis Redbirds New Haven Ravens Potomac Cannons Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
2001 Memphis Redbirds New Haven Ravens Potomac Cannons Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
2000 Memphis Redbirds Arkansas Travelers Potomac Cannons Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
1999 Memphis Redbirds Arkansas Travelers Potomac Cannons Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
1998 Memphis Redbirds Arkansas Travelers Prince William Cannons Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
1997 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers Prince William Cannons Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
1996 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Peoria Chiefs New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals DSL Cardinals
1995 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Peoria Chiefs
Savannah Cardinals
New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1994 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Madison Hatters
Savannah Cardinals
New Jersey Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
AZL Cardinals
1993 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Springfield Cardinals
Savannah Cardinals
Glens Falls Redbirds Johnson City Cardinals
AZL Cardinals
1992 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Springfield Cardinals
Savannah Cardinals
Hamilton Redbirds Johnson City Cardinals
AZL Cardinals
1991 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Springfield Cardinals
Savannah Cardinals
Hamilton Redbirds Johnson City Cardinals
AZL Cardinals
1990 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Springfield Cardinals
Savannah Cardinals
Hamilton Redbirds Johnson City Cardinals
AZL Cardinals

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.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Savannah Cardinals Hamilton Redbirds Johnson City Cardinals
AZL Cardinals
1988 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Savannah Cardinals Hamilton Redbirds Johnson City Cardinals
1987 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Savannah Cardinals Erie Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1986 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Savannah Cardinals Erie Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1985 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Savannah Cardinals Erie Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1984 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Savannah Cardinals Erie Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1983 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Macon Redbirds Erie Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1982 Louisville Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Springfield Cardinals, Gastonia Cardinals Erie Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1981 Springfield Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Gastonia Cardinals Erie Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1980 Springfield Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Gastonia Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1979[8] Springfield Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Gastonia Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
1978 Springfield Redbirds Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Gastonia Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
Calgary Cardinals
1977 New Orleans Pelicans Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Gastonia Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
Calgary Cardinals
1976 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
1975 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals Johnson City Cardinals
GCL Cardinals
1974[9] Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds GCL Cardinals
1973 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds GCL Cardinals
GCL Red Birds
1972 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds, Cedar Rapids Cardinals GCL Cardinals
GCL Red Birds
1971 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds, Cedar Rapids Cardinals GCL Cardinals
1970 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds, Cedar Rapids Cardinals Lewiston Broncs GCL Cardinals
1969 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds, Cedar Rapids Cardinals Lewiston Broncs GCL Cardinals
1968 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds, Cedar Rapids Cardinals Lewiston Broncs GCL Cardinals
1967 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Modesto Reds, Cedar Rapids Cardinals Lewiston Broncs GCL Cardinals
1966 Tulsa Oilers Arkansas Travelers St. Petersburg Cardinals, Cedar Rapids Cardinals, Rock Hill Cardinals GCL Cardinals
1965[10] Jacksonville Suns Tulsa Oilers Raleigh Cardinals, Cedar Rapids Cardinals, Rock Hill Cardinals
1964 Jacksonville Suns Tulsa Oilers Raleigh Cardinals, Winnipeg Goldeyes, Rock Hill Cardinals
1963[11] Atlanta Crackers Tulsa Oilers Billings Mustangs, Winnipeg Goldeyes, Brunswick Cardinals

1919–1962[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.[3]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class B Class C Class D
1962 Atlanta Crackers Tulsa Oilers Portsmouth-Norfolk Tides Billings Mustangs
Winnipeg Goldeyes
Brunswick Cardinals
1961 San Juan/Charleston Marlins
Portland Beavers
Tulsa Oilers Lancaster Red Roses Billings Mustangs
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1960 Rochester Red Wings Tulsa Oilers
Memphis Chickasaws
Billings Mustangs
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1959 Rochester Red Wings
Omaha Cardinals
Tulsa Oilers York White Roses Billings Mustangs
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1958 Rochester Red Wings
Omaha Cardinals
Houston Buffaloes York White Roses Billings Mustangs
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1957[12] Rochester Red Wings
Omaha Cardinals
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Foxes Billings Mustangs
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1956 Rochester Red Wings
Omaha Cardinals
Houston Buffaloes Allentown Cardinals
Sioux City Soos
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1955 Rochester Red Wings
Omaha Cardinals
Houston Buffaloes Allentown Cardinals
Columbus Cardinals
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1954 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Allentown Cardinals
Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
Winnipeg Goldeyes
1953 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
1952 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
1951 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
1950 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
1949 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
1948[13] Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
1947 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
Omaha Cardinals
1946 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes Columbus Cardinals
1945 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
1944 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
1943 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
1942 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
1941 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
1940 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
1939 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
Monett Red Birds
1938 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
Monett Red Birds
1937 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
Cedar Rapids Raiders Monett Red Birds
1936 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Sacramento Solons
Cedar Rapids Raiders Monett Red Birds
1935 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes
1934 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes
Elmira Red Wings
1933 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes
Elmira Red Wings
Springfield Cardinals
1932 Rochester Red Wings
Columbus Red Birds
Houston Buffaloes
Denver Bears
Mobile Red Warriors Springfield Cardinals Keokuk Indians
Monroe Twins
1931 Rochester Red Wings Houston Buffaloes Keokuk Indians
1930 Rochester Red Wings Houston Buffaloes Keokuk Indians
1929 Rochester Red Wings Houston Buffaloes
1928 Rochester Red Wings Houston Buffaloes
1927 Syracuse Stars Houston Buffaloes
1926 Houston Buffaloes
1925 Houston Buffaloes
1924 Houston Buffaloes
1923 Houston Buffaloes
1922 Houston Buffaloes
1921 Houston Buffaloes
1920 Houston Buffaloes
1919 Houston Buffaloes

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Cardinals Affiliates". St. Louis Cardinals. Major League Baseball. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "St. Louis Cardinals Minor League Affiliates". Baseball-Reference.com. Retrieved August 2, 2017. 
  3. ^ 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. 
  4. ^ Reichard, Kevin (April 6, 2016). "Freund Closes on Memphis Redbirds Purchase". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 13, 2018. 
  5. ^ a b c Reichard, Kevin. "Affiliate Dance". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 13, 2018. 
  6. ^ Reichard, Kevin (August 22, 2014). "Chiefs, Cardinals extend PDC through 2020". Ballpark Digest. Retrieved September 13, 2018. 
  7. ^ "Spikes, Cardinals Extend Player Development Contract". Ballpark Digest. August 10, 2018. Retrieved September 13, 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.
  10. ^ Official Baseball Dope Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1965.
  11. ^ Official Baseball Record Book. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1963.
  12. ^ Official Baseball Guide. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1957.
  13. ^ Official Baseball Guide. St. Louis, Missouri: The Sporting News, 1948.

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