List of Baltimore Orioles minor league affiliates

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The Baltimore Orioles farm system consists of seven Minor League Baseball affiliates in the United States and the Dominican Republic.[1] Five teams are independently owned, while two—the Gulf Coast League Orioles and the Dominican Summer League Orioles—are owned by the major league club.

The Orioles have been affiliated with the Class A-Advanced Frederick Keys of the Carolina League since 1989, making it the longest-running active affiliation in the organization among teams not owned by the Orioles. Their newest affiliate is the Norfolk Tides of the International League which became the Orioles' Triple-A club in 2007. The longest affiliation in team history was the 53-year relationship with the Rookie League Appalachian's Bluefield Orioles from 1958 to 2010.[2]

The Orioles have the shortest cumulative distance between its four full-season minor league affiliates in baseball at 487 miles (784 km).[3] The top five affiliates are located within a 200-mile (320 km) radius from Baltimore, with four of them situated in Maryland. Geographically, Baltimore's closest domestic affiliate is the Bowie BaySox of the Double-A Eastern League which is approximately 24 miles (39 km) away. Baltimore's furthest domestic affiliate is the Gulf Coast League Orioles of the Rookie Gulf Coast League some 892 miles (1,436 km) away.

Baltimore Orioles[edit]

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 Norfolk Tides[5] Bowie Baysox[5] Frederick Keys[5] Delmarva Shorebirds[5] Aberdeen IronBirds[5]
2019 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds
2018 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles
2017 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles
2016 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles 1
DSL Orioles 2
2015 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles 1
DSL Orioles 2
2014 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles 1
DSL Orioles 2
2013 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles 1
DSL Orioles 2
2012 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles
2011 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds GCL Orioles DSL Orioles
2010 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles[6]
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles 1
DSL Orioles 2
2009 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
2008 Norfolk Tides Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
2007 Norfolk Tides[7] Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles[8]
DSL Orioles
2006 Ottawa Lynx[7] Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles DSL Orioles
VSL Orioles[8]
2005 Ottawa Lynx Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles DSL Orioles
VSL Orioles
2004 Ottawa Lynx Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles DSL Orioles
Venoco 2
2003 Ottawa Lynx[9] Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
Yaritagua
2002 Rochester Red Wings[9] Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Aberdeen IronBirds[10] Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
Cabudare
2001 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
2000 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
1999 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
1998 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
1997 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Delmarva Shorebirds[11] Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
1996 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys
High Desert Mavericks[12]
Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
DSL Orioles
1995 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys
High Desert Mavericks[12]
Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
1994 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox Frederick Keys Albany Polecats[13] Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
1993 Rochester Red Wings Bowie Baysox[14] Frederick Keys Albany Polecats[15] Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
1992 Rochester Red Wings Hagerstown Suns[16] Frederick Keys Kane County Cougars[15] Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
1991 Rochester Red Wings Hagerstown Suns Frederick Keys Kane County Cougars[17] Bluefield Orioles
GCL Orioles
1990 Rochester Red Wings Hagerstown Suns Frederick Keys Wausau Timbers[17] Bluefield Orioles

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]

(+: The Orioles were involved in minor league affiliate co-op agreements twice—the Pulaski Phillies with various other MLB clubs in 1976 and the Daytona Beach Islanders with the Texas Rangers in 1985.)

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class A Short Season Rookie League
1989 Rochester Red Wings Hagerstown Suns[18] Frederick Keys[14] Erie Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1988 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Knights[19] Hagerstown Suns Erie Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1987 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Hagerstown Suns Newark Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1986 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Hagerstown Suns Newark Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1985 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Hagerstown Suns, + Daytona Beach Islanders[20][21] Newark Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1984 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Hagerstown Suns Newark Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1983 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Hagerstown Suns, San Jose Bees Newark Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1982 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Hagerstown Suns[16] Bluefield Orioles
1981 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Miami Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1980 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Miami Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1979[22] Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Miami Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1978 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Miami Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1977 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles Miami Orioles Bluefield Orioles
1976 Rochester Red Wings Charlotte Orioles[19] Miami Orioles Bluefield Orioles
+ Pulaski Phillies
1975 Rochester Red Wings Asheville Orioles[23] Miami Orioles, Lodi Orioles[24] Bluefield Orioles
1974[25] Rochester Red Wings Asheville Orioles Miami Orioles, Lodi Orioles[26] Bluefield Orioles
1973 Rochester Red Wings Asheville Orioles Miami Orioles, Lodi Lions[26] Bluefield Orioles
1972 Rochester Red Wings Asheville Orioles[23] Miami Orioles, Lodi Orions[24] Lewiston Broncs Bluefield Orioles
1971 Rochester Red Wings Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs[27] Miami Orioles, Stockton Ports[28] Aberdeen Pheasants[29] Bluefield Orioles
1970 Rochester Red Wings Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs Miami Marlins, Stockton Ports Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles
1969 Rochester Red Wings Dallas-Fort Worth Spurs[27] Miami Marlins, Stockton Ports Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles
1968 Rochester Red Wings Elmira Pioneers Miami Marlins, Stockton Ports Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles
1967 Rochester Red Wings Elmira Pioneers Miami Marlins, Stockton Ports Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles
1966 Rochester Red Wings Elmira Pioneers Miami Marlins, Stockton Ports Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles
1965[30] Rochester Red Wings Elmira Pioneers Stockton Ports, Fox Cities Foxes,[31] Aberdeen Pheasants,
Tri-City Atoms[32]
Bluefield Orioles
1964 Rochester Red Wings Elmira Pioneers Stockton Ports, Fox Cities Foxes, Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles
1963[33] Rochester Red Wings Elmira Pioneers Stockton Ports, Fox Cities Foxes, Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles

1954–1962[edit]

The minors operated with six levels (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 Rochester Red Wings Elmira Pioneers Stockton Ports
Aberdeen Pheasants
Bluefield Orioles
Fox Cities Foxes
1961 Rochester Red Wings[9] Little Rock Travelers
Victoria/Ardmore Rosebuds
Fox Cities Foxes
Tri-Cities Braves[32]
Stockton Ports
Aberdeen Pheasants
Bluefield Orioles
Leesburg Orioles
1960 Vancouver Mounties[32]
Miami Marlins
Fox Cities Foxes[31] Stockton Ports
Aberdeen Pheasants
Bluefield Orioles
Leesburg Orioles
1959 Vancouver Mounties
Miami Marlins
Amarillo Gold Sox Stockton Ports[28]
Aberdeen Pheasants
Bluefield Orioles
Pensacola Dons
1958 Vancouver Mounties
Louisville Colonels
Knoxville Smokies Wilson Tobs Aberdeen Pheasants Bluefield Orioles[6]
Pensacola Dons
Fitzgerald Orioles
1957[34] Vancouver Mounties (Open) San Antonio Missions[35] Knoxville Smokies Aberdeen Pheasants
Phoenix Stars
Paris Orioles
Thomson Orioles
Fitzgerald Orioles
1956 Vancouver Mounties (Open)[32] San Antonio Missions Columbus Foxes York White Roses
Lubbock Hubbers/
Texas City Texans
Aberdeen Pheasants
Thetford Mines Miners
Phoenix Stars
Paris Orioles
Thomson Orioles
1955 San Antonio Missions Wichita Indians York White Roses
Fayetteville Highlanders
Aberdeen Pheasants
Thetford Mines Miners
Paris Orioles
Cordele Orioles
1954 San Antonio Missions[35] Wichita Indians
Lewiston Broncs
York White Roses
Anderson Rebels
Aberdeen Pheasants[36]
Thetford Mines Miners
Pine Bluff Judges
Americus-Cordele Orioles
Wytheville Statesmen
Marion Marauders
Ada Herefords/Cementers

St. Louis Browns[edit]

Year Triple-A Double-A Class A Class B Class C Class D
1953 San Antonio Missions Wichita Indians
Lewiston Broncs
York White Roses
Anderson Rebels
Aberdeen Pheasants
Pine Bluff Judges
Thetford Mines Miners
Pocatello Bannocks
Ada Herefords
Wytheville Statesmen
Valdosta Browns
1952 Toronto Maple Leafs San Antonio Missions Scranton Miners York White Roses
Anderson Rebels
Aberdeen Pheasants
Stockton Ports
Pine Bluff Judges
Pocatello Bannocks
Ada Herefords
Independence Browns
Wellsville Rockets
1951 Toronto Maple Leafs San Antonio Missions Anderson Rebels Aberdeen Pheasants
Pine Bluff Judges
Ada Herefords
Pittsburg Browns
Redding Browns
Appleton Papermakers
1950 Baltimore Orioles San Antonio Missions Wichita Indians Wichita Falls Spudders Aberdeen Pheasants
Pine Bluff Judges
Marshall Browns
Ada Herefords
Pittsburg Browns
Redding Browns
Appleton Papermakers
1949 Baltimore Orioles San Antonio Missions Elmira Pioneers Springfield Browns
Wichita Falls Spudders
Aberdeen Pheasants
Pine Bluff Cardinals
Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers
Globe-Miami Browns
Muskogee Reds
Marshall Browns
Salinas Colts/Potros de Tijuana
Mayfield Clothiers
Ada Herefords
Pittsburg Browns
Redding Browns
Wausau Lumberjacks
Olean Oilers
1948[37] Toledo Mud Hens San Antonio Missions Elmira Pioneers Springfield Browns
Wichita Falls Spudders
Port Chester Clippers
Aberdeen Pheasants
Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers
Globe-Miami Browns
Muskogee Reds
Hannibal Pilots
Modesto Reds
Mayfield Clothiers
Ada Herefords
Pittsburg Browns
Redding Browns
Wausau Lumberjacks
Belleville Stags
Griffin Pimientos
Peekskill Highlanders
1947 Toledo Mud Hens San Antonio Missions Elmira Pioneers Springfield Browns Aberdeen Pheasants
Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers
Globe-Miami Browns
Muskogee Reds
Hannibal Pilots
Mayfield Clothiers
Ada Herefords
Pittsburg Browns
Newark Moundsmen
Wausau Lumberjacks
Belleville Stags
Baton Rouge Red Sticks
1946 Toledo Mud Hens San Antonio Missions Elmira Pioneers Springfield Browns
Spartanburg Peaches
Aberdeen Pheasants
Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers
Paris Red Peppers
Mayfield Clothiers
Pittsburg Browns
Newark Moundsmen
1945 Toledo Mud Hens Elmira Pioneers Newark Moundsmen
1944 Toledo Mud Hens Memphis Chickasaws Newark Moundsmen
1943 Toledo Mud Hens
1942 Toledo Mud Hens San Antonio Missions Springfield Browns Gloversville-Johnstown Glovers
Huntington Jewels
Dothan Browns
1941 Toledo Mud Hens San Antonio Missions Springfield Browns
Meridian Eagles
Youngstown Browns
St. Joseph Ponies/Carthage Browns
Mayfield Browns
Lafayette White Sox
Paragould Browns
Pueblo Rollers
1940 Toledo Mud Hens San Antonio Missions Springfield Browns Palestine Pals
Youngstown Browns
Topeka Owls
Tyler Trojans
Mayfield Browns
Lafayette White Sox
Paragould Browns
Pennington Gap Miners
1939 San Antonio Missions Springfield Browns Youngstown Browns
Topeka Owls
Mayfield Browns
Lafayette White Sox
Paragould Browns
Pennington Gap Miners
Lincoln Links
Beaver Falls Bees
Fayetteville Angels
1938 San Antonio Missions Springfield Browns
Meridian Scrappers
Palestine Pals
Johnstown Johnnies
Mayfield Clothiers
Lafayette White Sox
Findlay Browns
Easton Cubs
Lincoln Links
Batesville White Sox
1937 San Antonio Missions
Des Moines Demons
Meridian Scrappers
Terre Haute Tots
Palestine Pals
Johnstown Johnnies
Mayfield Clothiers
Lafayette White Sox
Findlay Browns
Easton Browns
Fairbury Jeffs
Osceola Indians
Superior Blues
1936 San Antonio Missions Palestine Pals Lafayette White Sox
1935 San Antonio Missions Palestine Pals
1934 San Antonio Missions
1933 San Antonio Missions
Joplin Miners
1932 Wichita Falls Spudders/
Longview Cannibals
Fort Smith Twins/
Muskogee Chiefs
Rock Island Islanders
1931 Wichita Falls Spudders
1930 Wichita Falls Spudders
1929 Wichita Falls Spudders
1928 Wichita Falls Spudders

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