2018 Minor League Affiliation Chart

Boise Hawks, Williamsport Crosscutters Kick Off Early Affiliation Shuffle

Even though it’s an odd-numbered year, we can still start tracking some of the movement on the upcoming Affiliation Shuffle. Keep this page bookmarked until the end of next season so you can stay abreast of what’s going on in the world of Player Development Contracts.

Sept. 18: Two short-season teams announced extensions to their PDCs  -- the Williamsport Crosscutters of the New York-Penn League and the Boise Hawks in the Northwest League -- starting the off-year cycle in earnest. Both PDCs were upped through the 2020 seasons. The Crosscutters have been in the NYPL since 1994 and has been affiliated with the Phillies since 2007. The team drew 61,082 fans to BB&T Ballpark at Bowman Field--and hosted a major league game--this year.

"The Phillies organization is extremely happy to extend our working agreement with the Williamsport Crosscutters. We look forward to continuing our great relationship with principal owner Peter Freund and the ownership group along with the front office staff and certainly the Williamsport community,” Phillies farm director Peter Freund said in a release. “This commitment recognizes a relationship that works not only for  our organization, our players and staff but also our Phillies fan base."

The Hawks have been in the Northwest League since 1987, but their relationship with Rockies is fairly new. The team and affiliate hooked up after the 2014 season, when the Cubs moved from Boise to Eugene and the Padres shifted to Tri-City. In their third season with the Rockies, Boise drew 121,455 fans to Memorial Stadium, a 6.1-percent increase from 2016.

"We are extremely excited to extend our partnership with the Boise Hawks." Rockies farm director Zach Wilson said in a release. "The organization, the city of Boise, and the fans have embraced us with open arms and we look forward to continuing our relationship and bringing great baseball to Boise for many years to come." 

Oct. 25: The Augusta GreenJackets announced today a two-year extension of their PDC with the Giants. This makes obvious sense because Augusta is about to move into a brand-new stadium, which obviously is enticing for a major league club looking for an attractive environment for its youngest players. The Giants have been affiliated with Augusta since 2005, and 2018 will be their 14th season together.

"The Giants have been the longest tenured affiliation in GreenJackets history and we are thrilled to continue our partnership with them,” GreenJackets president Jeff Eiseman said in a press release. “This is an exciting time in GreenJackets history and we look forward to providing a venue for the new wave of Giants prospects to pave the way to San Francisco."

Nov. 8: In a move that surprises nobody, the Indians renewed their partnership with the Columbus Clippers for another two seasons. Besides having one of the best parks in the minors, Columbus provides Cleveland a very convenient location for its Triple-A team. The cities are just more than 2 hours apart, making it an easy trip whenever the Indians need to bring up a prospect on short notice.

"The Indians are extremely excited to again extend our relationship with the Columbus Clippers. The Clippers organization has created a first-class, Major League environment for our players and staff,” Indians president of baseball operations Chris Antonetti said. “That, coupled with a state-of-the-art facility in Huntington Park and passionate fan base, make this a unique and lasting relationship.  We look forward to the continued success of our partnership."

Columbus finished third in the IL in attendance with 616,059 fans, an improvement of 2.3 percent on their total for 2016. They join Lehigh Valley, Indianapolis and Charlotte as IL teams with PDCs extended past 2018.

Nov. 8: Both teams with Ohio-based parent clubs decided to re-up their PDCs today. Hours after Columbus announced their extension, the Louisville Bats did the same. The Bats and the Reds will continue their relationship through 2020.

“The Reds are extremely excited to extend our partnership with the Louisville Bats,” farm director Jeff Graupe said in a statement. “We look forward to the challenge of returning to the International League postseason and understand the responsibility to provide improved on-field performance in 2018 in an effort to reward a tremendous fan base.”

The Bats have played all of their 19 seasons at Louisville Slugger Field as a Reds affiliate. Louisville finished eighth in the IL in attendance this year, and their overall mark of 467,024 fans was down 7.7 percent from last season’s total.

Nov. 29: In one of least surprising bits of affiliation news of the offseason, the Durham Bulls announced the Rays have re-upped their PDC for two more seasons, through 2020. Those two extra seasons will bring the partnership to 23 years, the third-longest in the International League.

“We are excited to extend our agreement with the Durham Bulls once again,” Rays senior vice president of baseball operations Chaim Bloom said in a release. “The Bulls have always been a first-class organization, and our players and staff feel at home in the Triangle area. As our relationship enters its third decade, we are proud to call the Durham Bulls our friends and partners.”

The move leaves seven clubs in the IL with PDCs that expire after next year. The only one with a known impending change is Syracuse, which will become a Mets affiliate in 2019, after New York moves out of Las Vegas.

Dec. 12: The Hartford Yard Goats announced on Tuesday morning that their parent club, the Colorado Rockies, had extended their PDC for an additional two years. After a series of delays, the Yard Goats opened Dunkin’ Donuts Park last season and finished third in the Eastern League in attendance.

"We are delighted to extend our affiliation with the Colorado Rockies," Yard Goats President Tim Restall said.  "The Yard Goats and Rockies share the same sentiment in being involved in the local community, which is one of the reasons this relationship works so well.  Our players have been wonderful ambassadors in Greater Hartford and have engaged our fans both inside and outside of Dunkin' Donuts Park.  The Rockies strong farm system will allow our fans to continue to see some of baseball's biggest prospects play in Hartford."

With the agreement, six of the 12 Eastern League teams have agreements locked up in advance of next season’s Affiliation Shuffle.

Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Buffalo Bisons  Blue Jays 2018
Charlotte Knights  White Sox 2020
Columbus Clippers  Indians 2020
Durham Bulls  Rays 2020
Gwinnett Braves  Braves *N/A
Indianapolis Indians  Pirates 2020
Lehigh Valley IronPigs  Phillies 2020
Louisville Bats  Reds 2020
Norfolk Tides  Orioles 2018
Pawtucket Red Sox Red Sox 2018
Rochester Red Wings  Twins 2018
Scranton/W-B RailRiders  Yankees 2018
Syracuse Chiefs  Nationals 2018
Toledo Mud Hens Tigers 2018
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Albuquerque Isotopes  Rockies 2020
Colorado Springs SkySox  Brewers
El Paso Chihuahuas  Padres 2018
Fresno Grizzlies  Astros 2018
Iowa Cubs  Cubs 2018
Las Vegas 51s  Mets 2020
Memphis Redbirds  Cardinals *N/A
Nashville Sounds  Athletics 2018
New Orleans Baby Cakes Marlins 2020
Oklahoma City Dodgers  Dodgers
Omaha Storm Chasers  Royals 2018
Reno Aces Diamondbacks 2018
Round Rock Express  Rangers 2018
Sacramento River Cats Giants 2020
Salt Lake Bees  Angels 2020
Tacoma Rainiers  Mariners 2018
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Akron RubberDucks  Indians 2020
Altoona Curve  Pirates 2018
Binghamton Rumble Ponies  Mets 2020
Bowie Baysox  Orioles 2018
Erie SeaWolves  Tigers 2020
Harrisburg Senators Nationals 2018
Hartford Yard Goats  Rockies 2020
New Hampshire Fisher Cats  Blue Jays 2018
Portland Sea Dogs  Red Sox 2018
Reading Fightin Phils  Phillies *N/A
Richmond Flying Squirrels  Giants 2020
Trenton Thunder  Yankees 2022
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Birmingham Barons  White Sox 2020
Chattanooga Lookouts  Twins
Biloxi Shuckers  Brewers 2020
Jackson Generals Diamondbacks 2020
Jacksonville Jumbo Shrimp  Marlins 2020
Mississippi Braves  Braves *N/A
Mobile BayBears Angels 2018
Montgomery Biscuits  Rays 2018
Pensacola Blue Wahoos  Reds 2018
Tennessee Smokies  Cubs 2018
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Arkansas Travelers Mariners 2018
Corpus Christi Hooks  Astros *N/A
Frisco RoughRiders  Rangers 2018
Midland RockHounds  Athletics 2018
Northwest Arkansas Naturals  Royals 2020
San Antonio Missions  Padres 2018
Springfield Cardinals  Cardinals *N/A
Tulsa Drillers  Dodgers 2018
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Inland Empire 66ers  Angels 2018
Lake Elsinore Storm  Padres 2018
Lancaster JetHawks Rockies 2018
Modesto Nuts  Mariners *N/A
Rancho Cucamonga Quakes  Dodgers 2018
San Jose Giants  Giants *N/A
Stockton Ports  Athletics 2020
Visalia Rawhide Diamondbacks 2018
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Buies Creek Astros Astros 2018
Carolina Mudcats Brewers
Down East Wood Ducks Rangers N/A*
Frederick Keys  Orioles 2018
Lynchburg Hillcats  Indians 2018
Myrtle Beach Pelicans  Cubs 2020
Potomac Nationals  Nationals 2018
Salem Red Sox Red Sox *N/A
Wilmington Blue Rocks  Royals 2018
Winston-Salem Dash  White Sox *N/A
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Bradenton Marauders  Pirates *N/A
Charlotte Stone Crabs  Rays 2018
Clearwater Threshers  Phillies *N/A
Daytona Tortugas  Reds 2018
Dunedin Blue Jays  Blue Jays *N/A
Florida Fire Frogs Braves 2020
Fort Myers Miracle  Twins 2018
Jupiter Hammerheads  Marlins *N/A
Lakeland Flying Tigers  Tigers *N/A
Palm Beach Cardinals  Cardinals *N/A
St. Lucie Mets  Mets *N/A
Tampa Yankees  Yankees *N/A
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Beloit Snappers  Athletics 2018
Bowling Green Hot Rods  Rays 2018
Burlington Bees  Angels 2018
Cedar Rapids Kernels  Twins 2020
Clinton LumberKings  Mariners 2020
Dayton Dragons  Reds 2016
Fort Wayne Tincaps  Padres 2018
Great Lakes Loons  Dodgers 2018
Kane County Cougars  Diamondbacks
Lake County Captains  Indians 2018
Lansing Lugnuts  Blue Jays 2018
Peoria Chiefs  Cardinals 2020
Quad Cities River Bandits  Astros 2018
South Bend Cubs  Cubs 2020
West Michigan Whitecaps Tigers 2020
Wisconsin Timber Rattlers Brewers 2020
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Asheville Tourists  Rockies 2018
Augusta GreenJackets  Giants 2020
Charleston Riverdogs  Yankees 2020
Delmarva Shorebirds  Orioles 2018
Greensboro Grasshoppers  Marlins 2018
Greenville Drive  Red Sox 2020
Hagerstown Suns  Nationals 2018
Hickory Crawdads  Rangers *N/A
Kannapolis Intimidators  White Sox 2018
Lakewood BlueClaws  Phillies 2020
Lexington Legends  Royals 2018
Rome Braves  Braves *N/A
Columbia Fireflies  Mets 2018
West Virginia Power  Pirates 2018
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Aberdeen IronBirds  Orioles 2018
Auburn Doubledays  Nationals 2018
Batavia Muckdogs  Marlins 2018
Brooklyn Cyclones  Mets *N/A
Connecticut Tigers  Tigers 2018
Hudson Valley Renegades  Rays 2018
West Virginia Black Bears  Pirates 2018
Lowell Spinners  Red Sox 2018
Mahoning Valley Scrappers  Indians 2018
State College Spikes  Cardinals 2018
^ Staten Island Yankees  Yankees N/A
Tri-City ValleyCats  Astros 2018
Vermont Lake Monsters  Athletics 2018
Williamsport CrossCutters Phillies 2020
^ required to affiliate with Yankees
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Boise Hawks Rockies 2020
Eugene Emeralds Cubs 2018
Everett AquaSox  Mariners 2020
Hillsboro Hops  Diamondbacks 2018
Salem-Keizer Volcanoes  Giants 2018
Spokane Indians  Rangers 2018
Tri-City Dust Devils  Padres 2018
Vancouver Canadians  Blue Jays 2018
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Bluefield Blue Jays  Blue Jays *N/A
Bristol Pirates  Pirates *N/A
Burlington Royals  Royals *N/A
Danville Braves  Braves *N/A
Elizabethton Twins  Twins *N/A
Greeneville Astros  Astros Reds *N/A
Johnson City Cardinals  Cardinals *N/A
Kingsport Mets  Mets *N/A
Princeton Rays  Rays *N/A
Pulaski Yankees  Yankees *N/A
Minor League Team Affiliation Expiration
Billings Mustangs  Reds 2018
Grand Junction Rockies  Rockies 2018
Great Falls Voyagers  White Sox 2018
Helena Brewers  Brewers 2018
Idaho Falls Chukars  Royals 2018
Missoula Osprey  Diamondbacks 2020
Ogden Raptors  Dodgers 2018
Orem Owlz  Angels 2018
Note: Teams with expiring player-development contracts are marked in bold
* Teams owned by their major league affiliate are designated with an asterisk